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.

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Staff books include:

Cain 2013 Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought spacerAthena Swan Bronze Award


Philosophy of Science Workshops

(UCL Graduate School)

These workshops are open to students from all disciplines, but they are especially designed for those engaged in scientific research who would like to have an opportunity to reflect on the aims and methods of science more systematically than they can in the course of their usual work. Abstract and general philosophical concepts will be discussed, but always in relation to concrete situations, taken both from the history of science and your own experience of research and learning in science. Individual sessions cover:

  1. What does it mean to be "scientific"? Critique vs. orthodoxy
  2. The confirmation of theories: dilemmas and paradoxes
  3. The epistemology of measurement
  4. Is your theory only a model? Realism vs. instrumentalism
  5. Revolutions in science

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