Science and Engineering for Social Change - a new degree at UCL


WHEN: from September 2023

WHERE: UCL East. Stratford

WHAT: BSc Science and Engineering for Social Change


Science and Engineering for Social Change is a new interdisciplinary 3-year BSc programme, taught by UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy and UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, starting in September 2023


Interdisciplinary by design, the programme equips students with applicable knowledge from engineering and the physical sciences along with the research, analytical and management skills needed to address global, local and individual challenges. The rare balance of technical and non-technical skills means students can traverse the worlds of both science and policymaking to create informed solutions to societal problems. Enabling students to develop their understanding of how engineering expertise is used in policy making, and importantly, how this knowledge can be used to create inclusive and prosperous societies.


Students study subjects ranging from policy design and project management, to innovation, engineering design and infrastructure development. Strong industry links allow students to work on real world problems with industry and community partners, while a third-year placement or project module allows them to apply their knowledge and prepare for their future career. The placements and projects are related to either the policy, charity or industry sectors.


All students receive support to help them get job-ready through the degree programme. Graduates of this programme will find themselves with the relevant skills to apply for roles in a range of environments, which could include policy development, policy implementation, corporate strategy, charity and the third sector.


The programme will be based at UCL’s new campus in Stratford, UCL East, giving students access to accessible, state-of-the-art facilities with shared labs and workshop spaces open to all.


Entry requirements are 36 with HL 17 and no HL below 5 for IB and AAB at A Level.

We welcome applicants from a wide range of subject backgrounds.


We recognise students may not be able to write a personal statement that fully reflects their interest in this programme and that addresses their other UCAS choices. This will not adversely affect their application. As this is a new programme, and fairly unique, we ask for applicants to demonstrate their ability to use and reflect on diverse information sources; an interest in helping societies develop a better quality of life for all; and an interest in combining technical and sociological knowledge to solve pressing global issues.


Open Days Find out more at our In Person Open days on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July


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