Taught course

Development, Technology and Innovation Policy

UCL - University College London · Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

Entry requirements

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: .

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This MPA is designed to train the next generation of policy leaders in how to use science, technology and engineering to address development needs. Students learn how to build innovation systems and engage in policy experimentation. Students undertake a major project on a real development initiative and have opportunities to learn from global policymakers and innovators.

Developing countries face rapid technological change, increased global interdependencies, and problems such as climate change. This practical programme offers experiential learning for skills needed in innovative development policy-making.

Students undertake a week-long scenario activity on the policy-making process where they engage with external experts and UCL academics. Students go on to undertake a nine-month major project on development innovation policy for a real-world client involved in development initiatives. Example policy problems include water or energy infrastructure, food, or telecoms.

Students also network with their peers in the sister MPA and doctoral programmes

Full-time: 1 year;

Fees and funding

UK/EU Full-time: GBP17,190; Overseas Full-time: GBP24,140;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The programme combines innovative classroom teaching methods with unique scenario-based learning, enabling students to dynamically engage with real-world policy challenges. Scenarios are designed to help students consolidate knowledge and develop essential practical skills and their understanding of principles. During the programme, students acquire a comprehensive range of relevant skills.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214