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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£8,940 (FT)
£24,980 (FT)

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.

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

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 six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 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

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

  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Clinical Pharmaceutics
  • Polymers in Drug Delivery
  • Bioscience Start-ups
  • Science of Diseases
  • Research in Practice
  • Digital Opportunities in Bioscience Entrepreneurship
  • Business for Bioscience
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology or Clinical Pharmaceutics or Polymers in Drug Delivery

Optional modules

    Students choose two of 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
    Covid-19 module updates
    Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.


    All students undertake a dissertation research project of 10,000 to 15,000 words in length. Students will identify a proposal in the context of contemporary research and analysis of both business and science-based priorities.

    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. 

    Covid-19 contact hours on campus
    In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
    Covid-19 assessment updates
    There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
    Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
    We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

    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.


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    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.

    Some of our graduates will also continue in academic research, undertaking a PhD in the fields of science and management.

    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 medics 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

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    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.

    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
    11 August 2020

    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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