This unique BSc utilises world-leading expertise in medicine and business to create medical scientists who are not only familiar with the latest medical innovations (e.g. regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, imaging and nanomedicine) but also how to translate these advances into clinical realities. A programme that encourages enterprise to create medical science leaders of the future.
- UCAS code
- Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2018
- London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)
- Applications per place
- n/a (2016 entry)*
- Total intake
- 30 (2018 entry)*
- Biology and Chemistry required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry and Biology required.
A,A,A - A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher to A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA-AAB. Chemistry and Biology required.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
Medical advances are transforming the way we diagnose and treat disease; to translate these opportunities into commercial realities that benefit patients, it is essential to develop medical scientists capable of bridging the gap between medical science, business and enterprise.
The programme's emphasis on medical innovations and technology transfer will provide students with broad career prospects.
The degree is designed to inspire a spirit of innovation and enterprise; to create doers - capable of both recognising commercial opportunities in medical science innovation and exploiting them.
After a grounding in medical science in year one, the programme offers the flexibility to focus on different aspects of medical science in years two and three (e.g. in nutruition or cancer) or to concentrate on the more business aspects of medical science.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
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.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery and Interventional Science.
- 80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Students can apply for a three-year BSc or a four-year MSci, whereby the fourth year will involve a business consultative work placement and medical research experience.
Based within the Faculty of Medical Sciences, the degree will strongly align with the translational research performed by the world-leading researchers in stem cells, tissue engineering, biomaterials, 3D printing and medical devices.
The degree will also utilise expertise within the Faculty of Laws in regard to intellectual property, innovation law and medical regulation.
The School of Management (based in Canary Wharf) will provide the business and enterprise expertise. Students will learn how to create companies and translate medical technologies into clinical realities. Topics covered will include business start-up, management structures and financial planning.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Foundations in Health and Disease
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease
The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism
Kidneys, Hormones and Fluid Balance
Infection, Inflammation and Repair
Musculoskeletal Systems in Health and Disease
Data Interpretation and Evaluation of Science
Medical Innovation & Enterprise I
There are no optional modules in year one.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Molecular Basis of Disease
Techniques in Molecular Medicine
Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine (TERM)
Medical Innovation & Enterprise II
You will choose two of the following:
Pharmacology & Drug Action
Introduction to Clinical Trials
An Introduction to Applied Genomics
Cancer Biology & Therapeutics
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Science and Ethics
Functional Anatomy & Medical Imaging
Core or compulsory module(s)
Stem Cell therapies
Medical Innovation & Enterprise III
Research in Medical Innovation Science
You will choose two from the following:
Practical Cell-material Interactions
Precision Cancer Medicine
Cancer Clinical Trials
Materials in Medicine
Managerial Accounting for Decision-making
Strategic Project Management
Patents & intellectual property (IP) for Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Managers
The degree ethos is to teach by doing, and to develop a deep critical understanding together with excellent communication skills. Online teaching systems allows you to learn at your own pace and explore topics in greater depth. Tutorial-based problem-solving and small-group learning will encourage creativity. Hands-on practicals and industry exposure will support your understanding and enable you to relate learning to "real-life" scenarios.
Formative and summative assessment methods include: online and written examinations; critical reviews; poster presentations; practical skills assessment; and online participation. In year three you will be required to write a business plan for your medical innovation company (following modules in years one and two to support this) and a research project dissertation.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Medical Innovation and Enterprise BSc.
A programme that encourages creativity, enterprise and outstanding communication skills will enable students to have broad career prospects in biomedical science, biomedical business and technology transfer.
The degree will provide a competitive advantage to students considering future careers in the following areas: biopharmaceuticals, biomedical research and medical device companies, technology transfer, company start-ups/university spin-out companies, biomedical consultancy, public engagement and education in medical advances.
Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2018/19)
- Overseas students
- £24,040 (2018/19)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
Your application will be assessed on the basis of past and projected academic performance and your personal statement. It would support your application if you are:
- excited by medical technology, innovation and entrepreneurship
- interested in people and what motivates them
- able to think critically and creatively, and to present views coherently
- interested in business, improving medical care and the translation of science
- able to work with other people, including people from different backgrounds and cultures.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Application deadline: 15 January 2018
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.