Taught course

Development, Technology and Innovation Policy

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

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students are encouraged (but are not required) to have work experience prior to enrolling on this programme.

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: Good.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Months of entry


Course content

This unique Master's of Public Administration degree is for those interested in critical understandings on the roles that technologies and innovations can play in local and global development. Embedded in innovation systems thinking, this MPA provides candidates with tools to explore how public policy can help align technologies and innovations to effectively respond to persistent and new societal challenges.

The roles that sciences, technologies and innovations have played, continue to play and will play in transforming or improving societies are undoubted, but also not uncontested. From health, food, energy and financial insecurity to infrastructure and climate change issues, countries face persistent and emerging challenges in the backdrop of rapid technological change and increased global interdependencies. This MPA offers empirically and conceptually-grounded experiential learning which hones the skills needed for managing the interface between technologies, innovations and societal objectives.

This MPA enables students to learn through inquiry, going beyond describing or explaining concepts learnt, to being able to apply and interrogate the different concepts and tools in different scenarios of development challenges. Students will undertake hands-on, sector or country-based ‘innovation and development in context’ (IDC) and scenario activities which will develop their skills in research and construction of meaning from what they are learning.

In line with UCL’s connected curriculum and collective social endeavour approach to learning, students on this MPA have the opportunity to network with UCL STEaPP's diverse range of academics and professionals from across the department's MPA and doctoral programmes; and a broad range of UK-based and international experts and partner organisations working in the areas of innovation and development.

Further invaluable practical learning is gained via the MPA Group Project with a real-world client on a relevant topic, or via the MPA Individual Project allowing work with an existing employer, a student’s own sourced policy organisation or on a faculty-determined research project.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


The programme combines innovative classroom teaching methods with unique scenario-based learning, enabling students to dynamically engage with real-world policy challenges. Scenarios, simulations and case studies 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.

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