Taught course

History and Philosophy of Science

UCL - University College London · Science and Technology Studies

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: TBC. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers breadth across a wide range of historical and philosophical themes. It also encourages intensive investigation and specialisation:

  • Survey nearly 3,000 years of scientific ideas and communities
  • Probe the inner workings of science's methods and theories
  • Combine the two for an integrated, interdisciplinary understanding

There is no UK academic department quite like UCL Science and Technology Studies. The department combines award-winning teaching with award-winning public engagement.

We are research active over an enormous range of topics. Our teaching builds on research not only in our subject specialties but also in the fundamentals of teaching and learning.

Our programme makes unique use of London’s attractions and resources. We have close links with the Science Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Wellcome Library, and UCL Museums and Collections. We also use the city as a classroom, with custom-made walking tours, site visits, and special excursions.

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years;

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and research supervision. Student performance is assessed through coursework such as long and short essays, advocacy work, and project work.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214