Medical Innovation and Enterprise BSc

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)
Medical Innovation and Enterprise BSc (2024)

This unique BSc draws on world-leading expertise in medicine and business to create medical scientists who are not only familiar with the latest medical innovations (e.g. regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, imaging and nanomedicine), but also know how to translate these advances into clinical realities through enterprise.

UK students International students
Study mode
3 academic years
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme starts
September 2023
Application deadline
25 Jan 2023
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer information

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Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics with Biology at grade B.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, including Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no higher level score below 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

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A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, including Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score higher level below 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to include Distinction in Biology and either Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAB. Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics required.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at Advanced Higher.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics required.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

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:

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

This BSc has a focus on developing entrepreneurship, scientific critical insight, and communication. Students can apply for a three-year BSc or a four-year MSci, which includes a consultancy project.

In the first year, you learn about the foundations of human health and disease, with a dedicated module on Medical Innovation & Enterprise. In Year 2, you learn about innovative medical technologies and business, with optional modules that allow you to focus on science or business. In Year 3, you continue with learning about medical technologies, entrepreneurship and business management. You will also undertake a research project within a research group. Following this, you can exit with a BSc or continue to the MSci.

Based within the Faculty of Medical Sciences, your learning is informed by world-leading translational research in stem cells, tissue engineering, biomaterials, 3D printing, digital healthcare, and medical devices. The degree also draws on expertise within UCL Laws for property and innovation law, and the UCL School of Management for business and enterprise.

Students learn how to create companies and translate medical technologies into clinical realities. Topics covered will include business start-up, management structures and financial planning.

What this course will give you

Medical advances are transforming the way we diagnose and treat disease. To translate these opportunities into commercial realities that benefit patients, medical scientists need to be able to understand medical science, business and enterprise.

Our emphasis on medical innovations and technology transfer will provide students with broad career prospects in biomedical science, biomedical business and technology transfer.

The degree is designed to inspire a spirit of innovation and enterprise. It creates doers who are capable of both recognising commercial opportunities in medical science innovation and exploiting them.

After a grounding in medical science in year one, the programme offers flexibility. You can focus on different aspects of medical science in years two and three (e.g. in nutrition or cancer) or to concentrate on the more business-orientated aspects of medical science.

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).

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Medical Innovation and Enterprise.


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.

You will have the option of exiting with a BSc in Medical Innovation & Enterprise after three years or continuing to complete the MSci Medical Innovation & Enterprise in the fourth year.

In the first year, you will learn about the foundations of human health and disease, together with a programme specific module on Medical Innovation & Enterprise.

In Year 2, you learn about innovative medical technologies (e.g. tissue engineering or other areas of research strengths within the Faculty) and business modules (run by UCL School of Management). There will be optional modules available allowing you to focus on more science or business, depending on your wishes.

In Year 3, you will continue to learn about medical technologies (e.g. nanomedicine or stem cells), entrepreneurship, business management, and the translation of medical technologies. These optional modules allow a greater or lesser emphasis on business or innovative medical technologies.

Following this, you can exit with a BSc or continue to the MSci.

Your learning

The degree ethos is to teach by doing, and to develop a deep critical understanding together with excellent communication skills. Online teaching systems allow you to learn at your own pace and explore topics in greater depth.

Tutorial-based problem-solving and small-group learning will encourage creativity. Hands-on practicals and industry exposure will support your understanding and enable you to relate learning to real-life scenarios.


Assessment methods include online and written examinations, critical reviews, poster presentations, practical skills assessment, and online participation. In Year 3, you will write a business plan for your medical innovation company (following modules in years one and two to support this) and a research project dissertation.


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

The foundation of your career

Students will gain a competitive advantage if considering future careers in biopharmaceuticals, biomedical research and medical device companies, technology transfer, company start-ups/university spin-out companies, biomedical consultancy, public engagement and education in medical advances.


The programme encourages creativity, enterprise and outstanding communication skills. These are key skills wanted by employers. We expect our graduates to be employed within medical technology companies, biopharma, business consultancy and the technology transfer industries. They will become leaders in medical innovation translation.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £9,250
Tuition fees (2023/24) £32,100

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2023/24 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 2023/24 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

The core textbooks for all modules are available in UCL Libraries (including the Royal Free library), and journal articles in your reading lists are available to download electronically. Some students may wish to purchase their own textbooks or print course documents, for which we suggest allowing £200 per year. Students will need to pay for their own travel costs to placements or project locations, depending upon the project / placement they choose.

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.


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

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.


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

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