Medical Innovation and Enterprise MSci

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)
Medical Innovation and Enterprise MSci (2025)

Become a medical scientist who is not only familiar with latest medical innovations but also knows how to translate them into commercial opportunities. You'll be tapping into UCL's world-leading expertise in medicine and business. Choosing the four-year programme means you'll also take a consultancy project working with a company to give you an extra edge in your career.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
4 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£9,250
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£34,400
Programme starts
September 2024
Application deadline
31 Jan 2024
UCAS course code
B981

Entry requirements

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

Contextual offer information

Grades
BBC more about contextual offers
Subjects
Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics with Biology at grade B.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
Points
38
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including 6 in Biology and either Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry, 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

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 credits at Distinction and 12 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.

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 plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

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

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), including Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at Advanced 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 AAA. Biology required, plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

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 3

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

Medical advances are constantly changing the way we diagnose and treat disease. This four-year master's degree, which you enter as an undergraduate, gives you a powerful mix of medical science and business skills. You will understand how to create a company, and how to convert new scientific opportunities into products and services that benefit patients.

During your time with us, you'll take a deep dive into human health and disease, innovative medical technologies and business, entrepreneurship, and business management.

After year one, you can choose to focus on aspects of medical science such as cancer or nutrition, or on the business aspects of medical science. Extending our three-year BSc degree, the MSci includes an industry-facing consultancy project and a research project in medical innovation, giving you significant skills and experience.

Our teaching is informed by world-leading research in tissue engineering, biomaterials, 3D printing, digital healthcare and medical technology and devices. We also draw on specialist expertise from UCL Laws and the UCL School of Management for these areas of the degree.

Based in London, a hotbed of investment, this Medical Innovation and Enterprise degree creates entrepreneurs who can identify opportunities in medical science innovation and exploit them. You will have broad career prospects in biomedical business, biomedical science and sectors that convert technologies into medical products and services.

What this course will give you

  • Broad career prospects. Our emphasis on medical innovations and technology transfer that opens the door to careers in biomedical science, biomedical business and technology transfer.
  • We inspire a spirit of innovation and enterprise. It creates doers who are capable of recognising commercial opportunities in medical science innovation and exploiting them.
  • A flexible programme. After a grounding in medical science in year one, you can focus on different aspects of medical sciences in years two and three or concentrate more on the business aspects of medical science.
  • A consultancy project in year four allows you to engage with real companies and business scenarios and helps you develop an array of professional skills.
  • Advanced skills, such as entrepreneurship, criticality, and creativity, which are highly desired by the life science and business industry.
  • Collaborative, problem-led approaches to study, undertaken in small groups. This allows you to build the communication and teamwork capabilities to succeed in business and medical environments.
  • Opportunities to interact with biomedical entrepreneurs / innovators and benefit from 'real-life' industry activities, such as creating your own business plan. This experience will be invaluable when it comes to setting up your future enterprise or joining an existing biomedical organisation.

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.

You will have the option to exit with a BSc in Medical Innovation and Enterprise after three years or to complete the MSci Medical Innovation and Enterprise in the fourth year.

Year one

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

Year two

In year two, you will learn about innovative medical technologies (such as 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 allowing you to focus more on science or business, depending on your interests.

Year three

In year three, you will continue to learn about medical technologies (such as 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.

Year four

The fourth year (MSci) offers several 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

Our ethos is to teach by doing, and to help you develop a deep critical understanding and excellent communication skills. Our 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.

You will apply your critical knowledge of medical innovations and technology transfer to carry out a consultancy project (2-3 months) in a work placement within the medical innovation technology transfer (or related) industry. This will be a chance to build your experience of professional practice, grow your professional network and improve your employability prospects.

The scheme will benefit from the extensive UCL Innovation & Enterprise network, which provides opportunities, practical help and mentorship.

In year one, you will have around 8-10 hours of face-to face teaching a week over a 22-week period (excluding reading weeks). You will also spend some time in self-study with online material before consolidating this knowledge in face-to-face sessions.

In year two, you will spend around 18 hours in face-to-face teaching a week.

In year three, you will have around 10 hours of formal face-to-face teaching, but during the ten-week research project, you will be immersed in research for much of your available time. Likewise, during the optional work placement module, you will be immersed for the duration of the month.

Assessment

Assessment methods include:

  • Online and written examinations
  • Critical reviews
  • Poster presentations
  • Practical skills assessment
  • Online participation 
  • A business plan for your medical innovation company in year three (following modules in years one and two to support this)
  • A research project dissertation in year three.

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The foundation of your career

Our graduates are equipped not only as scientists who produce the next generation of medical advances, but also as entrepreneurs who can develop and monetise those advances in the business world. The programme encourages creativity, critical thinking, enterprise, and outstanding communication skills - key skills wanted by employers.

We expect our graduates to become future leaders in medical innovation. You will have a competitive advantage if you are 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

Our graduates find roles within medical technology companies, biopharma, business consultancy and technology transfer industries. Many will become leaders in medical innovation translation.

Biomedicine is the second biggest employer in the UK, and the Medical Innovation and Enterprise degree was designed with this in mind. Graduates will be uniquely placed to succeed in a competitive job market, with a suite of versatile skills, the ability to expertly communicate their work and a creative flair for business.

Graduates also benefit from UCL's global reputation and strong industry partnerships and will join alumni and academic staff already innovating medicine. The final-year consultancy placement in industry will give you the opportunity to make valuable connections and gain work experience, setting you on the path to becoming a future leader in medical innovation.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £9,250
Tuition fees (2024/25) £34,400

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

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.

You may wish to purchase your own textbooks or print course documents, for which we suggest allowing £200 per year.

You will also need to cover your travel costs to placements or project locations.

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.

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