MPhil/PhD On Campus

Science and Technology Studies

University College London (UCL)

36 months
23420 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Research degrees are offered under two subject headings: History and Philosophy of Science, and Science and Technology Studies. The Science and Technology Studies MPhil/PhD programme is offered by University College London (UCL).


The Science and Technology Studies students from University College London (UCL) may specialise in the history of science, the philosophy of science, science communication and public engagement, the sociology of science and technology, science technology policy research, or a suitable combination of those fields.

UCL Science & Technology Studies is the only interdisciplinary department in London covering history, philosophy and social studies of science, science communication and public engagement with science. 

The department has grown rapidly over the last few years and has continued to develop a vibrant and varied community of researchers. Students are able to take advantage of networking opportunities with prominent London museums and institutions, as well as the proximity of facilities such as the British Library. 

Many recent PhD graduates have continued to successful academic careers, with others moving on to careers in project management within the EU and NHS. Research standards are extremely high with 42% of history and 46% of philosophy research assessed as ‘world leading’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).


Recent graduate students have gone on to pursue academic careers at the postdoctoral level and teaching fellow level in various universities, including the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Westminster, and UCL.


Science and Technology Studies PhD students graduate with a full spectrum of academic skills, including teaching experience as well as advanced research techniques. As well as providing a firm base for a career path in academia graduates are well equipped for roles as researchers in industry, journalism or for careers in science communication. Recent graduates have gone on to a range of lecturing and research roles at universities including UCL, Westminster and the Open University. 

Others have taken up project management roles in the NHS and the European Union, and research roles at Demos and in industry.

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  • History of science: history of physics, of biology, of chemistry and of astronomy
  • Philosophy of science: philosophy of physics, of chemistry and of medicine
  • Science and the media: science communication and scientists’ use of the media; public understanding of science; science and journalism
  • Public engagement with science
  • Sociology of science and science policy: policies for biotechnology and genetics; 20th-century evolutionary studies; ethics and integrity in scientific research.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23420 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23420 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.

Part-time tuition fee:

  • UK: £2,845/year
  • Overseas: £11,720/year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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