Masters | Postgraduate Course - Digital Technologies and 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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Digital Technologies and Policy MPA

Study Details

MPA Full-time and Part-time

This MPA degree prepares future leaders and decision makers working in policy to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by today's fast-evolving digital technologies. 

The world is changing rapidly and understanding the ways that digital technologies impact the global economy, national security, healthcare, employment, and human rights is an essential skill for the next decade. Cyber security, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) pose challenges to established ideas about privacy, security, and equitable societal progress. Who owns (or will own) our personal data? What kind of biases could be inadvertently built into algorithmic decision-making systems? How can we aggregate the huge volumes of data generated to address global challenges? Maximising digital technology opportunities while not forfeiting established principles and rights will require people who think differently and can exercise imagination, sound reasoning and a vision for the future.

This exciting new multi-disciplinary program is the first of its kind and we will accept our inaugural cohort of students for a start in September 2018. We have designed an innovative and flexible programme to ensure that our graduates can step into a range of professional roles where they are required to develop strategies, policies and guidelines and collaborate across public and private sectors working with digital technology.

This program is linked to the Digital Policy Laboratory in STEaPP and draws on the expertise of this dynamic and diverse group of world-leading researchers.

Module details

 Our MPA in Digital Technologies and Policy blends coverage of core policy tools, regulation and analysis methods with a specialist focus on how innovations in science and technology can help policy makers to navigate the challenges and opportunities of our rapidly changing world.

  • Core modules are shared across all our Master's of Public Administration degrees, focusing on the key skills and tools.
  • Specialist module a compulsory module that covers topics and themes specific to digital technologies and policy. 
  • Practical skills module is chosen from a selection of STEaPP options.
  • 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.