Masters | Postgraduate Course - Development, Technology and Innovation Policy MPA Course Details within University College London

UCL STEaPP (2nd Floor)
Course Fees
UK/EU: £17,710 (FT) Overseas £24,860 (FT)
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Development, Technology and Innovation Policy MPA

Study Details

MPA Full-time and Part-time

This unique Master's of Public Administration degree provides professionals working in international development with the practical tools and skills to collaborate on policy that responds to the need for balanced growth, social wellbeing and environmental protection in developing countries.

From adapting to climate change to enhancing agricultural productivity and providing electricity to the billions without access, developing countries need to harness scientific and technological innovation to transform their economies and improve human wellbeing. However, these countries often have innovation systems that are weak, fragmented and not designed to respond to pressing national and local priorities. 

Today's development policy leaders need to be aware of the history behind current innovation pathways across developing country contexts, and be able to apply their creative capabilities in order to build innovation systems that sustain development. 

This cutting edge curriculum links expertise at UCL STEaPP with others working in the development and innovation space across UCL. Our MPA teaches you the tools, mental models and skills to creatively tackle these questions and foster vibrant, sustainable, profitable and inclusive economies across the developing world.

Module details

 Our MPA in Development, Technology and Innovation Policy blends coverage of core policy tools, regulation and analysis methods with a specialist focus on the context of international development and the technology and engineering innovations that can inform policy in this area.

  • Core modules are shared across all our Master's of Public Administration degrees, focusing on the key skills and tools
  • Specialist modules and practical skills options cover topics and themes specific to development, technology and innovation policy
  • Elective modules offer a wealth of different options from across UCL's world-class departments. 
  • Real-world policy challenges and client projects apply knowledge and tools to real policy problems.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK University in a relevant discipline, or a 3.5 GPA, 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 adequate level of English proficiency. The English language requirement for the UCL STEaPP MPA is: Good (IELTS Overall 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each subtests). 
  • Although not essential, some work or professional experience in a related field would be beneficial. STEaPP recruits candidates with backgrounds or strong interest in policy, social or natural sciences, technology and engineering, or those with professional experience in government, NGOs or industry.