Business and Health BSc

London, Stratford (UCL East)
Business and Health BSc (2024)

Welcome to UCL's Business and Management undergraduate degree with a health focus. Merging the two essential fields of business and healthcare, our Business and Health BSc/MSci is a dynamic and innovative programme that will enable you to become a business-savvy leader in this ever-growing sector.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
3 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Fees to be confirmed
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Fees to be confirmed
Programme starts
September 2025
Application deadline
29 Jan 2025
UCAS course code
172C

Entry requirements

Grades
ABB
Subjects
No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
GCSEs
English Language at grade C or 4, plus Mathematics or Statistics at grade C or 4.

Contextual offer information

Contextual offers are typically one to two grades lower than the standard offer. Grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

Points
34
Subjects
A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no higher level score below 5.

Contextual offer

Contextual offers are typically one to two grade boundaries (equivalent to A levels) lower than the standard offer. IB Diploma grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction, 12 credits at Merit and 3 credits at Pass, all from Level 3 units.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

ABB at Advanced Highers (or A,B at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades ABB.

International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview

Having the chance to take the programme as a three-year BSc or a four-year integrated masters, the Business and Health BSc/MSci programme gives you a core business curriculum including accounting, marketing, finance, strategy, and entrepreneurship coupled with cutting-edge courses in health and healthcare.

More importantly, you get to shape the programme around your interests and future career plans through specialist routes – Health Science and Healthcare Management.

Students who choose Health Science will explore the biological, behavioural, and social aspects of health and disease, providing a broader understanding of health and disease and preparing students for diverse careers in healthcare, research, education, and public health.

Taking the Healthcare Management route, students will focus on the administration, organisation, and leadership of healthcare organisations and systems. It involves overseeing the operational and strategic aspects of healthcare delivery, including managing resources, implementing policies, and ensuring efficient and effective healthcare services.

Through the programme there are opportunities for studying abroad and work placements, however, these are only available to those who take the four-year integrated Masters route (MSci). Visit the Business and Health MSci prospectus page for further information.

If students are unsure whether to pick the BSc or MSci, they are advised to apply for the MSci initially, although transfer between the BSc or MSci option, as well as the Healthcare Management or Health Science specialism, can take place up to the end of their first year and is straightforward.

Whether you decide to do the bachelor’s or integrated master’s degree, you will leave this programme equipped to be a business and health leader in one of the most dynamic and growing sectors in the world.

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What this course will give you

  • A world leading university - UCL is ranked among the top ten in the QS World University Rankings 2024 and is winner of The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2024.
  • Globally renowned in the public health space - UCL is ranked 6th in the world for public health (ShanghaiRanking’s 2023).  
  • The latest research-informed teaching - our students are closely integrated into our community through research-embedded teaching.
  • Business skills with an edge - you’ll learn key principles and practices in business management, which examine accounting, marketing, finance, strategy and entrepreneurship to enable you to become familiar with the core issues concerning planning, organising, leading and controlling activity in the context of health and healthcare.
  • Flexibility and global perspectives – the programme is designed to enable students to specialise and tailor their experience to their specific needs through a diverse range of modules. Students who undertake the MSci four year route also have access to study aboard and placement options. 
  • A holistic perspective - this programme offers a unique lens through which you can understand the intricate interplay between business strategies and healthcare systems. It equips you with a comprehensive view, allowing you to appreciate how effective management, innovative strategies, and ethical decision-making can influence healthcare outcomes.
  • Innovation and problem-solving thinking - the integration of business principles into healthcare requires innovative thinking and problem-solving abilities. This programme nurtures these skills, enabling you to tackle complex challenges facing the healthcare industry and develop solutions that blend business acumen with a deep understanding of healthcare needs.
  • Versatile skill set - beyond the specialised knowledge, this programme hones your communication, leadership, and teamwork skills —essential in any professional setting. You'll learn to adapt to diverse environments and collaborate effectively, essential qualities for success in today's interconnected world.
  • Fulfilling impact - by understanding both the business and health perspectives, you'll be uniquely positioned to create sustainable changes that enhance healthcare delivery, improve patient experiences, and optimise resource allocation — a deeply fulfilling aspect of this career path.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Modules

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. 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.

Year one

In your first year, you’ll gain a strong basis in core business areas such as accounting and finance, economics, management, marketing and statistics. This comes alongside the introduction to the management side of health where you’ll be introduced to topics around social care, innovation within healthcare and the interdisciplinarity of the health and business space.

Year two

In the first half of year two, all students continue to get grounding in general health and business topics. You’ll gain insights into project management and research methods in the health and business industry alongside looking into ethics and comparative systems in healthcare. In the second half, students split into their chosen routes of either Health Science or Healthcare Management.

Our Health Science students will go in-depth into demographic analysis and population health and learn about acute and chronic infectious diseases whilst our Healthcare Management route students will gain a greater understanding of economics, finance, supply chain management and human resources within the healthcare context.

Year three

In the first term, BSc students will continue to engage with topics specific to their chosen routes. Healthcare Management route students will touch on operations and health policy and management whilst our Health Science route students cover health and economic development and population ageing. Both routes will also gain a grounding in data analytics, the use of AI and sustainability.

In the second half of the year, students from both routes will get to bring together learnings from across the programme. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with research in an area of personal interest through your Business and Health Research Project. You’ll also get to consolidate all learning from the programme in the integrative experience that is the Capstone in Business and Health.

You can find more information and a breakdown of specific modules here. 

Compulsory modules

Principles and Practices of Economics

Reimagining Healthcare

Accounting and Finance for Managers

Introduction to Management

Introduction to Statistics and Data Insights

Principles of Marketing

Health and Social Care

Innovation and Intrapreneurship for Healthcare


Compulsory modules

Comparative Health Systems

Health Ethics

Principles and Practices of Project Management

Research Methods for Management and Health






Compulsory modules

Health and Economic Development

Business & Health Research Project

Capstone in Business and Health

Data Analytics & AI for Healthcare

ESG, Health & Sustainability



Your learning

Module teaching includes attending lectures, seminars, and weekly group tutorials for in-depth discussions. Face-to-face lectures feature guest speakers and UCL academics. Ongoing seminars focus on case-based presentations, fostering analytical and presentation skills. Consolidation seminars test knowledge with problem or case-based presentations, offering formative feedback before summative assessment. Project development workshops hone investigative, analytical, synthesis, and data interrogation skills, applied in real-world business, health, and research projects.

Students will spend approximately 14 – 15 hours a week across four modules per term in structured in-person learning – seminars and lecturers. They would also be expected to undertake 5 - 6 hours of independent learning per module each week alongside their in-class activities, which include readings, videos and other online activities.

Assessment

Exams test knowledge and its application to case studies. Coursework essays develop organised arguments. Presentations involve selecting, synthesising, and communicating information for diverse audiences, both individually and in groups. The business project encompasses project management, planning, budgeting, strategy development, marketing, and stakeholder engagement. The research project/dissertation includes analysis, literature review, critical appraisal, research writing, and argument presentation. Enhanced research skills cover health-based hypotheses, literature reviews, and practical analysis. Health and Business case analyses involve identifying needs, addressing challenges, considering financial and legal aspects, and navigating ethics. Business presentations showcase communication, information delivery, persuasion, and professional knowledge application in various scenarios.

Accessibility

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.

The foundation of your career

With the healthcare industry constantly evolving and the demand for skilled professionals rising, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, this programme positions you perfectly at the intersection of two burgeoning sectors. It provides a diverse skill set that’s incredibly sought after, offering a range of opportunities across healthcare administration, pharmaceuticals, consulting, and more.

Whether your passion lies in business management, consulting, health policy, pharmaceuticals, or even entrepreneurship in health-related startups, this degree paves the way for diverse career paths. You’ll be equipped to make a tangible difference in people’s lives while contributing positively to the bottom line of healthcare businesses.

The Business and Health BSc/MSci is a new programme for 2025/26 entry so we do not have any alumni data to draw from, but we expect that graduates of the Health Science route can pursue diverse career paths in healthcare and related fields. They may work as healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, or administrators in clinical settings. They may also work in public health, health promotion, health education, community health organisations, pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, and government agencies.

We expect that graduates of the Healthcare Management route can pursue careers in healthcare administration, hospital management, healthcare consulting, healthcare finance, health policy analysis, and healthcare leadership positions within hospitals, healthcare systems, insurance companies, government agencies, and consulting firms.

The Business and Health BSc/MSci facilitates interactions with employers through the programme’s placement options and numerous Careers Fairs, our in-house careers team, networking opportunities, speaker sessions and our ever-growing GBSH and UCL alumni networks.

Employability

On completion of this programme you will have: 

  • an enhanced understanding of contemporary topics driving transformational global healthcare;
  • an ability to view health and healthcare from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • substantial research and analytical skills and methodologies which support an understanding of data-driven approaches to healthcare;
  • effective written and verbal communication skills, which support management for healthcare management and science;
  • the capacity to manage and lead effectively a diverse work force;
  • the ability to exploit opportunities independently or within your organisations;
  • appreciation of teamwork and collaboration for driving forward solutions to problem solving and how to ensure that teams are effective and delivering equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • the ability to be a problem identifier and solver.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) Fees to be confirmed
Tuition fees (2024/25) Fees to be confirmed

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2024/25 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

Depending on the route you select, you may be required to move between UCL Bloomsbury and UCL East campuses. Students will need to fund their own travel between the UCL Bloomsbury and UCL East campuses for the face-to-face components of these modules.

In Year 2 Term 2, the following modules on the Health Science route are taught at the UCL Bloomsbury campus:

  • IEHC0029 Frontiers of Knowledge in Population Health
  • IEHC0030 A Life Course Approach to Health
  • IEHC0031 Acute and Chronic Infectious Diseases
  • IEHC0032 Demographic Analysis

In Year 1 Term 3, the following module is taught as part of the Health Science route at the UCL Bloomsbury campus:

  • IEHC0035 Population Ageing

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Next steps

Your application

Ideal candidates for this programme exhibit a keen interest in the intersection of business and health, value interdisciplinary studies, and seek to be changemakers in diverse health sectors. They are curious about the dynamic nature of health organisations, enjoy applying theories in real-world settings, and are open to global perspectives. Research-oriented and adaptable, they are committed to staying informed about evolving trends in the health industry.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Selection

For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

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