Research course

Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

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

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

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.

UCL STEaPP is growing rapidly and aims to be a global leader engaged in exploring, experimenting with, and improving the ways in which scientific and engineering expertise and knowledge inform public decision-making and policy processes, across all levels, sectors and cultures of our interdependent societies. STEaPP’s Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) degree is a training pathway for doctoral candidates aspiring to a policy-orientated career, as practitioner or academic, or both. Candidates are expected to undertake original academic research.

Department specialisms

Impact Innovation Risk and uncertainty Science advice Science diplomacy Sustainability and development Urbanisation

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Professor Arthur Petersen
+44 (0)20 3108 9415