Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Medical Innovation and Enterprise BSc

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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Entry requirements

A Levels

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

Contextual offer

BCC (more about contextual offers)
Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics with Biology at grade B.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

IB Diploma

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

Contextual offer

30 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, including Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score 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.

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

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.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

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

Degree benefits

  • 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.

  • The programme's 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; to create doers - 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 the flexibility to 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.

Degree structure

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).

Students can apply for a three-year BSc or a four-year MSci, whereby the fourth year will involve a business consultative work placement and medical research experience.

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 and medical devices.

The degree also draws on expertise within UCL Laws with regard to intellectual property, innovation law and medical regulation.

The UCL School of Management provides business and enterprise expertise. Students will learn how to create companies and translate medical technologies into clinical realities. Topics covered will include business start-up, management structures and financial planning.

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 is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

Foundations in Human Physiology and Cellular Biology

Cardiovascular & Respiratory Function in Health and Disease

The Gut, Liver & Drug Metabolism

Kidneys, Hormones & Fluid Balance

Infection, Inflammation & Repair

Data Interpretation & Evaluation of Science

Musculoskeletal Systems in Health & Disease

Medical Innovation & Enterprise I

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

Compulsory module(s)

Molecular Basis of Disease

Techniques in Molecular Medicine: A Practical Approach

Understanding Management

Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice

Research Methodology & Transferable Skills

Medical Innovation & Enterprise II

Optional modules

You will choose two optional modules which currently include:

Cancer Biology & Therapeutics

Science & Ethics


The Nervous System and Neurological Diseases

Pharmacology and Drug Action

Introduction to Clinical Trials

Introduction to Applied Genomics

Cell and Molecular Biology

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM)

Compulsory module(s)

Entrepreneurial Finance

Global Entrepreneurship

Medical Innovation & Enterprise III

Research Project

Optional modules

You will choose three optional modules which currently include::

Precision Cancer Medicine

Stem Cell Therapies

Nanotechnology in Medicine

The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease

Bioscience and Society: Public Engagement, Policy and Funding

Bioinformatics in Applied Biomedical Science

Regulatory Affairs in Healthcare

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM)

Molecular and Cellular Laboratory Techniques

Materials in Medicine

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 practical’s 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 three you will be required to write a business plan for your medical innovation company (following modules in years one and two to support this) and a research project dissertation.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Medical Innovation and Enterprise BSc.


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 programme encourages creativity, enterprise and outstanding communication skills.

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.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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.

UK students
£9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas students
£29,400 (2022/23)

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/students/fees.

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 text books or print course documents and if you would like to do this, then we suggest allowing approximately £200 per year for this. In addition students will be required to pay for their own travel costs to placements or project locations, depending upon the project/placement that 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).


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.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

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.

Application and next steps

Your application

Your application will be assessed on the basis of past and projected academic performance and your personal statement. It would support your application if you are:

  • excited by medical technology, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • interested in people and what motivates them
  • able to think critically and creatively, and to present views coherently
  • interested in business, improving medical care and the translation of science
  • able to work with other people, including from different backgrounds and cultures.

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.

Application deadline: 26 January 2022


For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

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