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Medical Technology Entrepreneurship MRes

The medical technologies sector is seeing unprecedented growth, with an increasing need for trained professionals with a skill set combining scientific proficiency with entrepreneurial and business flair. This innovative programme, in partnership with the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, offers a unique graduate pathway into this flourishing sector.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2018/19)

£5,060 (FT) £2,700 (PT)
£23,740 (FT) £12,150 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant science or medical subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a different degree, or with no degree but with relevant professional experience, may be considered. All such applications will be subject to approval by the Dean of Students (Academic).

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

This programme combines medical device scientific research and development with training in translation techniques, enterprise and entrepreneurship. Students will learn about entrepreneurial finance and gain knowledge in business management, while carrying out technical research that will give them a solid grounding in medical device development. The programme provides the essential skills to move forward in the medical device sector.

Students take modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), and a dissertation/report (120 credits).

Core modules

  • Two skill modules with an emphasis on entrepreneurship based in UCL School of Management.

Optional modules

  • Two scientific modules will be chosen from a wide range of appropriate MSc modules across UCL


All students undertake an independent research project culminating in a dissertation of a maximum of 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, problem classes, workshops, and projects. Assessment of taught components is through unseen written examinations or by assessed coursework. Assessment of the project is by dissertation and viva.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Medical Technology Entrepreneurship MRes


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


It is anticipated that on completion of this programme students will either embark on a career in either industry or academic research. This MRes forms the first year of a doctoral training programme in Medical Device Innovation. An industrial career in this expanding area could lie anywhere on the spectrum of working within large multinational medical technology companies to setting up your own enterprise in a medical device need area that you have identified.


This programme offers a unique opportunity to combine an understanding of medical device engineering with enterprise skills. You will gain an understanding of the innovation pipeline concept, through development, to bringing a product to the marketplace. This skill set is key to being at the forefront of the emerging medical device market as the balance of power shifts from pharmaceuticals to medical technologies.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering provides a unique source of coherent entrepreneurship training for medical technology graduate students in the UK, alongside a vibrant multidisciplinary biomedical engineering research community engaged in developing new medical devices to transform medicine.

Our entrepreneurial training is delivered by the UCL School of Management, and is complemented by seminars and networking events bringing together researchers, clinicians and industrialists.

Where students are sponsored by an industrial partner, they will spend time with that partner. Links are also being built with Yale University and students may have the opportunity to spend short periods of time there.

Department: Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering

Student / staff numbers › 144 staff including 110 postdocs › 107 taught students › 135 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This Master's programme is for motivated individuals with entrepreneurial aspirations who want to see their research make an impact. The programme is suitable for those wishing to combine an interest in biomedical engineering research with a desire to increase their business and enterprise skills.

Application deadlines

All applicants
27 July 2018

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Medical Technology Entrepreneurship at graduate level
  • why you want to study Medical Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Contact information

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