UCL Graduate degrees


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 designed for students who intend to start and run enterprises in the life sciences sector.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£10,500 (FT)
£5,250 (PT)
£28,500 (FT)
£14,250 (PT)

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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Old Street

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), and a research and business case project (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Bioscience Entrepreneurship.

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Bioscience Start-ups
  • Science of Diseases
  • Research in Practice
  • Digital Opportunities in Bioscience Entrepreneurship
  • Business for Bioscience
  • Research and Business Case Project

Optional modules

    From the following modules, students choose one from the School of Pharmacy (SoP) and two from the School of Management (SoM):

    • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (SoP)
    • Clinical Pharmaceutics (SoP)
    • Polymers in Drug Delivery (SoP)
    • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice (SoM)
    • Entrepreneurial Finance (SoM)
    • Decision and Risk Analysis (SoM)
    • Leadership and Communication (SoM)
    • Strategic Project Management (SoM)
    • Formulation of Natural Products and Cosmeceuticals (SoP)
    • Patient and Data Pathways Through Clinical Trials (ICTM)
    • Applying Clinical Trial Design Principles in Practice (ICTM)


    All students undertake a dissertation project of 8,000 words in length. For this, students will identify a proposal in the context of contemporary research and analyse science and business-based priorities, around which they build a business case.

    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. 

    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.


    Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


    If you’re starting a postgraduate Master’s degree from 1 August 2018, and are a UK/EU national, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 to help with your programme and living costs. 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.


    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.

    Why study this degree at UCL?

    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.

    Department: Institute of Ophthalmology

    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.

    This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

    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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

    Who can apply?

    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.

    Application deadlines

    All applicants
    31 May 2021

    For more information see our Applications page.

    Apply now

    What are we looking for?

    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.

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