Digital Health and Entrepreneurship MSc

London, Stratford (UCL East)

Embrace a limitless career with this Master’s programme where health, digital innovation and the start-up world collide, empowering you to apply an enterprising approach to improve the world of health.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£16,500
£8,250
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
£14,700
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

An upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a health, science, business or economics related subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Graduates without the relevant degree classification but with extensive relevant work experience are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

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: Standard

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

This unique programme that spans across health, business and innovation has been crafted by academics and industry experts at the world’s first business school dedicated to health. Taught from a global top 10 university, our Digital Health and Entrepreneurship MSc offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best, secure your future employability and contribute to a healthier future society. 

Moving beyond reactive medicine, the focus of the healthcare sector and global health economy is changing for the better. Disease prevention, early detection and intervention is widely accepted as being the future of a more proactive approach to medicine. This translates into a significant opportunity for digital health innovations and the start-up world, who will design the lifestyle modification tools and ambitious medical technologies of the future.

An immersive programme that gives you direct exposure to this fast-paced and inspiring world, our Digital Health and Entrepreneurship MSc teaches you the foundations of digital health and enterprise. Bringing this action learning environment to life, students also have the opportunity to take a health innovation idea from concept to business case. A Master’s degree that offers highly transferable skills, you’ll go on to bring an important blend of innovation and business skills to your future ventures and employers.

Who this course is for

Our Digital Health and Entrepreneurship MSc programme is ideal for individuals who envisage a career in health and entrepreneurship. You may be a new or recent graduate in a health, science or business field, or you may have some relevant work experience that you want to build on to take your career to the next level. The degree is especially suited to those who want to run a health technology start-up company, or bring an entrepreneurial mindset to future employers.

What this course will give you

The Digital Health and Entrepreneurship MSc is an ideal programme for individuals who wish to run a successful health start-up, or for those who want to bring an innovative skillset to future employers in the healthcare sector. Read more about your employability below.

Learning and living in a world capital

This programme is taught from an elite custom-built location at UCL East, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. UCL East builds on UCL’s progressive history, positive impact and disruptive spirit – bringing together UCL academics, students, local communities and industry to solve the biggest challenges affecting people’s lives and the planet.

Building on UCL’s longstanding health credentials – with health spanning across every faculty in the university – the UCL Global Business School for Health (UCL GBSH) has created a unique learning environment for individuals who want to thrive in their roles in the global health economy. Bringing together world-renowned academics in health and business, UCL GBSH is committed to disrupting and reimagining global healthcare by cultivating a new generation of changemaking leaders and innovators.

The foundation of your career

Employability

Graduates of the Digital Health and Entrepreneurship MSc can expect to take forward a raft of highly transferable skills, whether to their own start-up companies or to employers who appreciate an innovative skillset.

All graduates of this programme will enjoy a solid foundation in their understanding of the interconnections between health and business. In particular, graduates will hone their ability to think with an entrepreneurial mindset, identifying opportunities for products, solutions and inventions that come from healthcare research. This is underpinned by a critical understanding of the ethical, legal and regulatory factors required to bring health innovations to the market.

Your career is the focus of workshops and discussions during an enhanced induction at the start of the programme, and is revisited throughout the degree. You’ll also build contacts and networks with a variety of experts, industry leaders and colleagues throughout your time with us.

There are excellent career opportunities in developing digital health solutions. These include project management, Health or MedTech innovations, product ownership, application and/or software development for digital health, implementation facilitation, business development and many other areas. You will find these opportunities within many companies across the globe, including health care providers, charity sector, consultancy firms, tech giants and corporate organisations

Graduates coming from our Digital Health and Entrepreneurship MSc can expect to have:

  • A globally relevant understanding of the interconnections between health and business.
  • Invaluable research and analytical skills that can be specifically applied to health entrepreneurship.
  • Written and verbal communication skills suited to fast-paced and innovative environments.
  • A core understanding of the ethical, legal and regulatory factors that are required to help health innovations reach the market.
  • An ability to think from an entrepreneurial mindset, identifying business opportunities that stem from healthcare research.
  • The expertise to exploit entrepreneurial opportunities, either independently or within larger organisations that admire innovation.
  • An aptitude for teamwork and collaboration that drives problem-solving and makes teams effective at delivering equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • A mindset embracing innovation, nurtured by the experiential learning and real-world examples used in teaching at UCL GBSH.
  • Resilience and know-how in self-management, work-life balance and mental health, supported by continuous professional development throughout the programme.

Teaching and learning

Written exams – these will test your knowledge of and ability to analyse various case studies and scenarios and you will demonstrate your ability to apply that knowledge.
Coursework essays – these will allow you to demonstrate your organisation of knowledge and understanding to develop cohesive arguments.
Presentations – you will demonstrate the ability to select, synthesise and communicate information for varied audiences/purposes, using a variety of media, through both group and individual projects.
Business project – you’ll demonstrate and further enhance your project management, business planning and design, budget forecasting, strategy development and marketing skills along with an understanding of stakeholder engagement.
Research project – the research project will hone your research analysis, literature review, critical appraisal, structured research writing and presentation of argument skill set. 
Enhanced research skills – you will learn how to model health based hypotheses, literature reviews and practical analysis of results.
Health and Business case written analysis – you will establish identification of need, challenges of buy-in, legal ramifications of development, obstacles and ethics through business and academic orientation.
Business presentation – through this you will gain communications skills and the ability to be targeted, persuasive and professionally interrogate current knowledge and understanding with the capacity to take existing knowledge to new scenarios.

Face-to-face attended sessions form typically 15-18 hours per week in terms 1 and 2, and there is considerable independent reading and recorded lectures study expected through the module delivery period and in the identified revision weeks.

Modules

Full-time

This programme is delivered through in-person lectures, recorded lectures, seminars, weekly group tutorials and workshops.

A one-week induction before the start of the programme will enable you to focus on personal and professional development, as well as team building with your peers. Prior to the commencement of the degree, you will also be invited to complete an unassessed, self-paced course on Global Health to give you a grounding in the global context of digital health and entrepreneurship.

The content for the Digital Health and Entrepreneurship MSc programme is delivered during terms one and two in four modules per term that focus on the foundations of digital health and enterprise, the financial and regulatory environment, and challenges and opportunities in this area.

Throughout the 12-months, students will also work on two projects, and term three is dedicated to completing this project work and consolidating learning from terms one and two.

Assessment of the Digital Health and Entrepreneurship MSc is through written examinations, coursework essays, presentations, assignments and the two projects.

Core modules

Digital Health Start-ups - 15 credits
The focus of this module is to give you frameworks and models that will shape your thinking about businesses that drive forward digital health innovations. Aided by simulation and gamification, you’ll explore the complexities of initiating a business, the contexts in which entrepreneurship can flourish, appropriate business models, the regulatory environment and investment.
Assessed through a 2,000 word business case analysis (80%) and a 10-minute presentation (20%).

Digital Health Research Methods and Tools - 15 credits
This module explores a range of research methods and tools for designing healthcare innovations, alongside World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance for digital health. Module content includes evidence-based approaches and ethical and legal frameworks, enabling you to identify, interrogate and interpret digital health projects.
Assessed through a 2,500 word research proposal with an annotated bibliography.

Telemedicine and Artificial Intelligence (AI) - 15 credits
Focusing on telemedicine and virtual clinic services, the aim of this module is to develop students’ professional and clinical understanding of relevant technologies. The module also explores telemedicine’s areas of use, technologies and role in patient pathways, as well as electronic medical records and e-health in hospitals.
Assessed through a multiple choice examination (50%) and problem based learning questions (50%).

Digital Opportunities in Bioscience Entrepreneurship - 15 credits
Covering the development of digital intellectual property (IP), the extent of the current landscape, the development cycle abyss and methods to overcome it, this module enables students to critique future products. Module content also includes prototyping methods, translational schemes, legal frameworks and developmental platforms.
Assessed through a 2,000 word case report (40%) and two 15-minute group presentations (60%).

Changing Health Systems - 15 credits
This module explores the patterns of health system financing and delivery around the world, in the context of the global goal to achieve universal health coverage. Module content includes methods of financing, purchasing of services, delivery methods in different health services and evaluating this in terms of outcomes. 
Assessed through a 2,500 word policy report.

Approaches to Health Innovations and Assessments - 15 credits
Covering the skills required to conduct a health needs assessment, as well as approaches to health innovation, intervention development and evaluation, this module will equip you with valuable skills and frameworks. Drawing on case studies from the NHS and overseas, module content also includes participatory working, collaborative leadership and interdisciplinary field methodologies.
Assessed through a two-hour open book examination.

Human Factors for Digital Health - 15 credits
Providing an introduction to the human factors and design opportunities that relate to digital health technologies, this module explores techniques for designing and evaluating digital health technologies. Topics include safety considerations, the management of ongoing health conditions, sensitive personal data and the expertise level of users.
Assessed through a 3,000 word piece of coursework.

Marketing Health and Healthcare - 15 credits
This module provides a foundation in marketing concepts and practices, with a focus on the opportunities and challenges of marketing in the health and healthcare sector. Topics include the regulatory environment, financial pressures, competition, social media, digital marketing and AI.
Assessed through a 2,500 word critical essay.

Projects

Business project - 30 credits
This is a group project to develop a digital health solution or product from concept to business case. The project brings together learning and key aspects of business and management that you acquire throughout the programme, including strategy, project management, financing, marketing and leadership. Group work involves conceptualising, undertaking proof-of-concept, developing a business proposal, preparing an outline business case and subsequently a detailed business case on an approved project. 
Assessed through an 8,000 word group project report (70%), a group presentation (20%) and 360-degree feedback (10%).

Research project - 30 credits
This is an individual project on the topic of your choice to use and demonstrate your research skills and knowledge of digital health. Giving you the opportunity to shape and engage with a topic you are interested in, the project combines your learning from the programme with desk-based research to create an original piece of research.
Assessed through a 7,500 word research paper.

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.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Digital Health and Entrepreneurship.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £16,500 £8,250
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

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

UCL GBSH scholarships available for students:

The GBSH Women Healthcare Leaders Scholarships are for female students who demonstrate leadership potential. Research confirms that women are the primary consumers of healthcare as well as the workforce, but they remain underrepresented in leadership roles. The recipients of these scholarships will also be provided with leadership coaching and high-impact leadership training as part of their scholarship.

The East London Healthcare Leaders Scholarships are for students who live or work in East London and are keen to make a difference for their local community. As part of the East London community, we want to help develop the local talent in health and healthcare management and leadership.

For eligibility criteria and details of the application process and deadlines please visit the scholarships section of the UCL GBSH 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

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.

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 reviewing MSc in Digital Health and Entrepreneurship applications, we will assess your eligibility for the programme based on a combination of your academic credentials, any relevant work experience, personal statement, and references. We are looking for applications from ambitious individuals who want to become the next leaders in the digital health and entrepreneurship sectors.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Digital Health and Entrepreneurship at graduate level
  • why you want to study the Digital Health and Entrepreneurship MSc at UCL and what your objectives are
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme (content and opportunities)
  • how your academic, professional and personal background has prepared and qualified you for the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally through and after this programme.

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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021