Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2018

Medical Innovation and Enterprise MSci

This unique MSci utilises world-leading expertise in medicine and business to create medical science leaders of the future 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. The four-year MSci includes an industrial placement and research project in medical innovations.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)
Applications per place
n/a (2016 entry)*
Total intake
30 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to Surgery and Interventional Science subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

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

IB Diploma

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:

Equivalent qualification

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.

International applications

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.

Degree benefits

  • 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.

  • The programme offers the flexibility to join other applied medical science BSc programmes on different aspects of medical science in years two and three (e.g. in sports medicine, nutruition or cancer) or to continue on the Medical Innovation and Enterprise degree.

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.

Degree structure

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 allign 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 

Core or compulsory module(s)

Molecular Basis of Disease

Techniques in Molecular Medicine

Understanding Management

Research methodology

Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine (TERM)

Medical Innovation & Enterprise II

Optional modules

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 (1)

Research in Medical Innovation Science

Optional modules

You will choose two from the following:

Practical Cell-material Interactions

Precision Cancer Medicine

Cancer Clinical Trials

Materials in Medicine

Entrepreneurship Finance

Global Entrepreneurship

Managerial Accounting for Decision-making 

Strategic Project Management

Patents & intellectual property (IP) for Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Managers

Core or compulsory module(s)

Medical Innovation Business Consultancy  

Advanced research in medical innovation science 

Optional modules

You will choose three from the following:

Surgical Oncology          

Applied Biomaterials     

Building High Impact Ventures

Strategic Management of Entrepreneurial Ventures

Biomechanics for assistive technologies

Assistive Technology Devices & Rehabilitation Robotics

Transplantation Science

Inclusive Design and Human-Machine Interfaces 

Your learning

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.


Students will apply their critical knowledge of medical innovations and technology transfer, to perform a consultancy project (2-3 months) in a work placement within the medical innovation technology transfer (or related) industry. Students will benefit from the experience of professional practice, grow their professional network and improve their employability. The scheme will benefit from the extensive innovation and enterprise network within UCL.


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.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Medical Innovation and Enterprise MSci.


A programme that encourages creativity, enterprise and outstanding communication skills will enable students to have broad career prospects in biomedical science, enterprise 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

Tuition fees

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.

Departmental scholarships

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

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
  • anterested 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.

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