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 worlds collide, empowering you to apply an enterprising approach to improve the world of health.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 28 Jun 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

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.

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 health innovation and business skills to your future ventures and employers.

This programme is taught from UCL’s state-of-the-art bespoke facilities on our UCL East campus, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. The UCL Global Business School for Health is situated in the Marshgate building with access to hi-tech teaching areas and collaboration spaces, a library, and a refectory. 

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.

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

Previous graduates have entered a range of employers. Many have come in with their own companies which they have taken the skills learned to grow, while others finally found the connections and skills needed to take their ideas forward! Many of our alumni have entered the exciting world of management consulting or joined multinationals in the business development space.


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.


Throughout the year you are exposed to a number of formal and informal networking opportunities. You will have extra-curricular departmental activities which draw a range of supporters and employers, as well as frequent invites to leading health tech conferences in London and the Southeast. There will also be career events aimed at networking and learning what to expect on day one in your next role.

Teaching and learning

Module Teaching is primarily in the form of attended lectures and seminars across terms 1 and 2, in module teaching.

Weekly group tutorials allow for more detailed discussion and consideration of the material covered in recorded lectures. Face-to-face lectures will be reserved for guest speakers.

An ongoing seminar session focused on informal case-based presentations and discussions related to module content allows for analytical understanding (and presentation skills) to be demonstrated and developed.

Module consolidation seminars involving problem or case-based presentations relating to module content allow for knowledge and understanding to be tested, and for formative feedback to be given in advance of summative assessment, alongside focused revision sessions.

Project development workshops allow for investigative, analytical, synthesis and data interrogation skills to be developed, while being put into practice as you advance your business and research projects.

In Term 3, you will embark on the final part of your business project where you will pull together your business idea with colleagues having completed a proof of concept into a business case and presentation. You will also finish your individual desk-based research project.

Your project team will pull together your data, conclusions and case with the assistance of an industry mentor and academic supervisor. This approach will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have developed in the digital health and enterprise space into a real-time project that you will have to take forward or to highlight to potential employers as proof of your business acumen.

Types of assessment undertaken on the programme:

  • 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 are 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.


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.

The two-year part-time structure consists of 180 credits. Students take 90 credits in year 1 and year 2.

The mod/flex structure gives students the flexibility to take 180 credits worth of modules over 2-5 years. Students can choose as many or as few modules as they wish each year.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

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


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £19,300 £9,650
Tuition fees (2024/25) £34,400 £17,200

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

Additional costs

This programme is based at the UCL East campus in Stratford. The compulsory module: Human Factors for Digital Health (PSYC0098) is taught at the Bloomsbury campus. Students will need to fund their own travel between the Bloomsbury and UCL East campuses for the face-to-face components of this module. A one-way journey on the underground will cost either £2.80 or £3.40 depending on the time of travel.

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. 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 Scholarships are for students who live or work in east London and are keen to make a difference for their local community.

Global Healthcare Leaders Scholarship The Global Healthcare Leaders Scholarship is for students from either the UK, Africa, Asia and South America who show exceptional leadership potential in their fields, and who want to make a difference in healthcare.

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.

UCL East London Scholarship

Deadline: 20 June 2024
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,700 stipend ()
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

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 Digital Health and Entrepreneurship 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 (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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