Bioscience Entrepreneurship MSc

London, Old Street

A integrated curriculum combining management and life science expertise to prepare you for a future in the biotechnology industry and bioscience enterprise. This programme is designed for students who intend to start and run enterprises in the life sciences sector.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 30 Jun 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in the Life Sciences or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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: Good

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

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. You will 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, and stem cell-based discoveries for regenerative treatments.

Who this course is for

This programme is best suited to those with a science background seeking to improve their understanding of business and finance in healthcare sectors, those seeking to set up and run a high impact international biotech or biopharma venture, and those aiming for further research combining their science background with business skills and knowledge. If you currently work in the industry and are seeking professional development for a more senior position, this programme will also appeal to you.

What this course will give you

This degree combines the expertise of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, School of Management and School of Pharmacy to prepare you for a successful future in the healthcare industry. Students will be taught by experts across the three fields, many of whom have pioneered innovative discoveries in artificial intelligence, regenerative medicine, and neuroscience. Students will also study with world-renowned scientists and clinicians from Moorfields Eye Hospital, our strategic partner and one of the oldest eye hospitals in the world.

By studying this degree, you will:

  • Gain substantial research and analytical skills, and learn methodologies which support science and business entrepreneurship
  • Advance your knowledge of the ethical, legal and regulatory issues associated with bringing scientific advances to market
  • Develop the capacity to identify potential business opportunities arising from research in life sciences and related areas
  • Develop the ability to exploit entrepreneurial opportunities independently or within larger organisations.

The foundation of your career


Students who complete this programme will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to set up a new venture or pursue a career in biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries including management, commercialisation, regulation and policy, clinical trial management, research and consultancy.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and class discussion. Students are given the opportunity to attend weekly lectures given by leading healthcare and medical professionals, global entrepreneurs and biotech innovators. Assessment is through coursework, presentations, examinations, and the dissertation. 

Typical contact hours for a 15 credit module is approximately 30-35 hours; independent self-directed study, including assessment and revision is approximately 100 hours per module.



The MSc Bioscience Entrepreneurship programme offers a blend of compulsory and optional modules.

This allows you to develop a substantial base of key skills, knowledge and understanding, while also allowing you some individual choice with respect to specialist areas. There is a core driver in the structure of the modules to ensure a genuine synthesis exists between research driven identification of problems to solve, and a business driven context that allows you to develop optimal implementation strategies.

Your study moves from compulsory taught modules in term one with a context focus, to a blend of options and compulsory study in term two which are more narrowly focused and underpin the independent research and analysis required in term three. Modules in term one and two are taught also by the School of Management and School of Pharmacy at UCL.

The location of study at UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology, provides a distinctive environment in which to learn. The nstitute’s record in science based entrepreneurship is excellent in respect of taking various scientific breakthroughs to market.

The Research and Business Case Project, which forms the final assessment, develops independent projects from the science based identification of need in the context of how that need might be turned into a business opportunity that could serve society.


Students on the part-time route complete one compulsory module and one optional module in year two of the part-time route, and the compulsory Research and Business Case Project. 

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Bioscience Entrepreneurship.


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Online - Open day

Bioscience Entrepreneurship MSc Information Session

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. Join our virtual information session to find out more from the programme team and current students.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £10,800 £5,400
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Visit the government website to learn more about postgraduate loans. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

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

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Bioscience Entrepreneurship at graduate level
  • why you want to study Bioscience Entrepreneurship at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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