Medical Innovation and Enterprise MSci

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)
Medical Innovation and Enterprise MSci (2022)

This unique MSci 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. stem cell therapy, nanomedicine) but also know how to translate these advances into clinical realities through enterprise. The four-year MSci includes an industrial placement and a research project in medical innovations.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
4 academic years
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£9,250
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
Programme starts
September 2023
Application deadline
25 Jan 2023
UCAS course code
B981

Entry requirements

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

Contextual offer information

Grades
BCC more about contextual offers
Subjects
Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics with Biology at grade B.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
Points
36
Subjects
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

Points
30 more about contextual offers
Subjects
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

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

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: Good

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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. 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 course has a focus on developing entrepreneurship, scientific critical insight, and communication. You can apply for a three-year BSc or a four-year MSci. The MSci includes an industry-facing consultancy project and a research project in medical innovation.

During this degree, you will learn about the foundations of human health and disease, innovative medical technologies and business, business management, and the translation of medical technologies. Optional modules will allow you to focus more on science or business, depending on your interests. After the third year, you can exit with a BSc or continue to the MSci.

Based within the Faculty of Medical Sciences, your learning will be informed by world-leading translational research in stem cells, tissue engineering, biomaterials, 3D printing, digital healthcare, and medical devices. The degree draws on expertise within UCL Laws for property and innovation law. The UCL School of Management provides business and enterprise expertise. You will learn how to create companies and translate medical technologies into clinical realities.

Our emphasis on medical innovations and technology transfer creates broad career opportunities in biomedical science and technology transfer. We expect our graduates to be future leaders in medical innovation.

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 make connections between 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 sciences in years two and three (e.g. in nutrition or cancer) or concentrate more on the business 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 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (Hons) in Medical Innovation and Enterprise.

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.

Full-time

You will have the option to exit with a BSc in Medical Innovation & Enterprise after three years or 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 are optional modules allowing you to focus more on 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. Following this, you can exit with a BSc or continue to the MSci.

The fourth year (MSci) offers a number of taught options in medical technologies or business specialities together with a business consultative work placement and advanced medical research.

Our emphasis on medical innovations and technology transfer prepares you for broad career prospects in biomedical science and technology transfer.

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 allows 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.

Students will apply their critical knowledge of medical innovations and technology transfer, to perform a consultancy project (2-3 months) in a work placement within the medical innovation technology transfer (or related) industry.

Students will benefit from the experience of professional practice, grow their professional network and improve their employability. The scheme will benefit from the extensive innovation and enterprise network within UCL.

Assessment

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.

Accessibility

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.

Employability

The programme encourages creativity, enterprise and outstanding communication skills. These are key skills wanted by employers. We expect our graduates to find employment within medical technology companies, biopharma, business consultancy and 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 (2022/23) £9,250
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 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 2022/23 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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.

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. In addition, students will be required 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.

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

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.