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Bioscience Entrepreneurship MSc

A new integrated curriculum combining management and life science expertise to prepare you for a future in the biotechnology industry and bioscience enterprise.

This programme is delivered jointly with the UCL School of Management.

Start date: September 2020
Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

For key information, including tuition fees and entry requirements, visit the UCL Graduate Prospectus.


Programme Structure

The Bioscience Entrepreneurship MSc is designed for students who intend to start and run high impact enterprises in the life sciences sector. It is ideal for you if you have a science degree and an interest in enterprise or your own start-up. The programme will allow you to develop skills and strategies for identifying science-based solutions in response to need, exploring their potential as innovations and shaping opportunities for these to be developed and actualised.

You will be taught by business, technology and research experts including those who have pioneered Al breakthroughs developed with Moorfields Eye Hospital and DeepMind, stem cell-based discoveries for regenerative treatments, and neuroscience innovations through the Cortex Lab.

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Compulsory modules

  • Bioscience Startups
  • Science of Diseases
  • Research in Practice
  • Digital Opportunities in Bioscience Entrepreneurship
  • Business for Bioscience (School of Management)
  • Research and Business Case Project

Optional modules

Students will select two options from the following modules delivered by the School of Management:

  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Strategic Project Management

Students will pick one of the following compulsory modules from the UCL School of Pharmacy:

  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Clinical Pharmaceutics
  • Polymers in Drug Delivery

To find out more about this programme and apply, visit the UCL Graduate Prospectus

On completion of this programme, you will have:

  • An enhanced understanding of the intersection between biosciences and business
  • Substantial research and analytical skills and methodologies which support scientific and business entrepreneurship
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, which support information and data management
  • Knowledge of the ethical, legal and regulatory issues associated with bringing scientific advances to market
  • The capacity to identify potential business opportunities arising from research in life sciences and related areas
  • The ability to exploit entrepreneurial opportunities independently or within larger organisations.