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PhD programme

UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) offers postgraduate degrees of MPhil and PHD, in the subjects areas of History and Philosophy of Science and Science and Technology Studies.

The doctoral program is a vibrant community that regularly meets in reading groups, a work in progress seminar series, and many other occasional initiatives. Students are able to take advantage of networking opportunities with prominent London museums, academies and research institutions. PhD graduates at UCL-STS have continued to successful academic careers in the UK and overseas, while others have taken up careers in policy, business and cultural institutions championing science communication and engagement.

Deadlines

Applications to the postgraduate research programs have three deadlines, please ensure you apply by the correct date.  The department does not operate a rolling application system.

  • Deadline 1: Monday 28th November 2022, 23.59 GMT. This deadline is ONLY for applicants who are applying for ESRC DTP funding.You must submit both a PhD application and apply directly to the ESRC. Only applications received by this date will be considered for funding. 
  • Deadline 2: Tuesday 3rd January 2023, 23.59 GMT.  This deadline is for applicants who are applying for UCL or external funding excluding ESRC DTP.  You must submit both a PhD application and apply directly to the relevant funder.  Only application received by this date will be considered for funding.
  • Deadline 2: Tuesday 9th May 2023, 23.59 GMT. Final deadline for September 2023 entry. All applications received after 3rd January will be processed in May. 
  • ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD FOLLOW THE DEPARTMENTAL INSTRUCTIONS ON 'HOW TO APPLY' Applications should have an agreed research supervisor in place at the time of submission.

Research degrees are offered under two subject headings: History and Philosophy of Science, and Science and Technology Studies.

STS PhDs

Apply: Science and Technology Studies MPhil/PhD

Students may specialise in the history of science, the philosophy of science, science communication and public engagement, the sociology of science, science communication and public engagement, the sociology of science and technology, science technology policy research, or a suitable combination of those fields.

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Current Doctoral Students

Information for current postgraduate (research) students undertaking MPhil and PhD degrees in UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) including support, reading groups and the STS Research Space.

Science, Culture, and Democracy

Science, Culture, and Democracy

Investigating how the sciences interact with culture in democratic and other political contexts enables us to understand, intervene and improve this relationship. Our interests within this research cluster divide into three inter-connected themes, which we review on an annual basis:

History of Science

History of Science

The History of Science research cluster has a common interest in how knowledge, and the practices it has entailed, shaped and was shaped by past societies. Our goal is to recover, understand and communicate the rich variety of routes to scientific knowledge that can be found in the past and make the present. 

Philosophy of Science and Technology

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Science is a research cluster in UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS).

 

    Resources:

    Research Clusters
    Explore the department’s research clusters and our ongoing projects on our Research page.

    UCL Scholarships: find the currently available Studentships with the Scholarships and funding tool.

    Current Projects
    We invite you to take a look at the current PhD projects hosted in STS.

    Questions & Answers: There's a lot you should ask and a lot for us to tell you in our FAQ section

    PhD Programme Tutor
    Prof. Brian Balmer
    Tel: 0207 679 3924
    Email: b.balmer@ucl.ac.uk

    Research & Finance Administrator
    Ms Susan Walsh