London, United Kingdom

Bioscience and Society: Public Engagement, Policy and Funding

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

The purpose of this module is to explore the relationship between science and society in both an historical and
contemporary context. Since the days of Christopher Columbus, right down to the Apollo Space programme and
more recently the large Hadron collider at CERN, it is has become clear that ambitious scientific endeavour
requires public confidence, communication and funding in order to get from the original idea to something
which has an impact in society. These considerations are just as valid in biology and medicine as they are in the
physical sciences.

This course will draw on the unique range of museums, learned societies and organisations based in London to
enable students to experience and appreciate the relationship between science and society and the need for
scientists to engage and communicate with the wider world.

Course leader

Dr. Mark Waugh

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by the start of the module in order to enroll.

Course aim

The main aims of the module are for students to understand how science is funded, communicated and
regulated, and to evaluate how these structures have developed historically and operate in the modern world
to meet global challenges. Additionally, an overarching aim is to develop students’ abilities for deep thinking,
critical analysis and debate through innovative teaching methods and learning environments.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students who study for 6 weeks (2 modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: There is an option to stay at the UCL Summer School residence for the duration of the three-week course. Accommodation is within walking distance to the UCL campus and features private, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. The cost is approx. £1100 per three-week session.


Students who enroll on both Sessions of the UCL Summer School will benefit from a built-in tuition fee discount.