Undergraduate prospectus 2021


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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
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. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

Contextual offer

BBB (more about contextual offers)
Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

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.

Contextual offer

32 (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.

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 18-23 credits in Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

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.

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 make connections between 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 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 (based in Canary Wharf) 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. 


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Foundations in Health and Disease 

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease 

The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism 

Kidneys, Hormones and Fluid Balance 

Infection, Inflammation and Repair 

Musculoskeletal Systems in Health and Disease 

Data Interpretation and Evaluation of Science 

Medical Innovation & Enterprise I 

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Molecular Basis of Disease

Techniques in Molecular Medicine

Understanding Management

Research methodology

Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine (TERM)

Medical Innovation & Enterprise II

Optional modules

You will choose two of the following:

Pharmacology & Drug Action

Introduction to Clinical Trials

An Introduction to Applied Genomics

Cancer Biology & Therapeutics

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 

Science and Ethics

Functional Anatomy & Medical Imaging

Core or compulsory module(s)


Stem Cell therapies

Medical Innovation & Enterprise III

Research in Medical Innovation Science

Optional modules

You will choose two from the following:

Practical Cell-material Interactions

Precision Cancer Medicine

Cancer Clinical Trials

Materials in Medicine

Entrepreneurship Finance

Global Entrepreneurship

Managerial Accounting for Decision-making 

Strategic Project Management

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available

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.

Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.


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.

Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    

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


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 commited 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 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£26,490 (2020/21)

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 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 he project/placement that they choose.


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: 15 January 2020


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

Page last modified on 24 February 2020