UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies is an interdisciplinary centre for the integrated study of science's history, philosophy, sociology, communication and policy, located in the heart of London. Founded in 1921. Award winning for teaching and research, plus for our public engagement programme. Rated as outstanding by students at every level.

At UCL, the academic mission is paramount. Our ambition is to achieve the highest standards in our teaching and research.

Join us for BSc, MSc, and PhD study.

Staff books include:

Balmer - Britain and Biological Warfare spacerAthena Swan Bronze Award


Information for Current PhD Students

This page provides information from the STS Graduate Tutor, Dr Chiara Ambrosio (c.ambrosio @ ucl.ac.uk)

Progress reviews

  • review process instructions (link)

All research students in STS receive regular reviews of their progress, at 6 months, 1 year, and yearly afterwards. The reviews are organised by the principal supervisor in consultation with the Graduate Tutor and the student. 

Postgraduate Teaching Assistants

The department appoints a number of Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (PGTA's) for each academic session to assist with various undergraduate taught modules.

The main duties of the post include: class teaching, a weekly office hour, plus timely coursework and examination marking. Previous teaching experience is an advantage.

Further information on how to apply can be found on the STS PhD Moodle page

Methodology and Academic Development (MAD) programme

The STS Department operates a programme in Methodology and Academic Development for research students, which also satisfies the training requirement for students funded by research councils. Every research student who has not reached the CRS (completing research student) stage must follow this programme, accumulating a minimum of 20 points per year (10 points for part-timers). Activities carried out must be recorded on the online Research Student Log. Details of MAD point activities are here.

Research student log

All pre-CRS students must maintain records of their progress using the UCL Research Student Log. Please note use of the new Research Student Log is mandatory. Please make sure that both you and your supervisors are registered and keep track of all skills training activities and supervisions through the Research Student Log.

References from STS staff

UCL now requres students' explicit permission to release personal information to potential empoloyers or other academic institutions. If you need a reference please complete a request form and e-mail it to the referee together with details of the job/ course applied for and a copy of your CV.

Travel and Conference Funding

Please use the online form on left to apply for funding.

Page last modified on 06 apr 16 11:05 by Susan E Walsh

UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS)
0207 679 1328 office | +44 207 679 1328 international
sts@ucl.ac.uk | www.ucl.ac.uk/sts | @stsucl
postal address:  Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
street address: 22 Gordon Square, London, WC1E 6BT | maps