Ph. D. On Campus

Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

University College London (UCL)

48 months
25960 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
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The Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy DPA programme from University College London (UCL) offers the opportunity to develop a career at the interface of science and public policy.


The Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy DPA programme from University College London (UCL) is policy-orientated and cross-disciplinary research methods are deployed to give students a competitive edge.

STEaPP’s research spans STEM and social sciences and is concerned with the role of STEM knowledge in public decision-making. Doctoral students typically work across two UCL departments, with a public policy focus at STEaPP and an applied methodological focus in a sister department within UCL BEAMS (the UCL Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences, and Mathematical & Physical Sciences). Students are also encouraged to undertake study and research more widely across UCL.

The programme consists of six core modules (from STEaPP), two specialisation modules (from STEaPP or a sister department with UCL BEAMS), a pilot project and a dissertation.

The DPA is a supervised research degree in which candidates carry out research under the guidance of two supervisors (one from STEaPP and one from a sister department within UCL BEAMS), and a policy practitioner external to UCL. The dissertation is between 60,000 and 100,000 words in length.


The DPA aims to foster world-class interdisciplinary practitioners and researchers. Graduates are likely to be attractive to employers as scientific advisers, or they may choose to concentrate on an academic career.


Students acquire a body of knowledge on the role of science, engineering and technology in public policy decision-making, together with solid training in research methods and designing and executing research initiatives which are relevant and usable for external partners. This skill-set is ideal for a career path either as a senior-level scientific adviser or as an academic.

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  • Digital technologies
  • Development
  • Innovation
  • Research impact
  • Risk and uncertainty
  • Science advice
  • Science diplomacy
  • Sustainability
  • Urbanisation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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

    25960 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25960 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part-time tuition fee:

  • UK: £3,985/year
  • Overseas: £17,690/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.


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