Medical Innovation and Enterprise MSci
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. regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, imaging and nanomedicine) but also know how to translate these advances into clinical realities through enterprise.The four-year MSci includes an industrial placement and research project in medical innovations.
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- UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
- Application deadline
- 29 January 2021
- London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)
- Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
- BBB (more about contextual offers)
- Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
- A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, including Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.
- 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:
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 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the credits in the Level 3 units awarded with Merit. 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.
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: www.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.
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.
The programme offers the flexibility to join other applied medical science BSc programmes to learn about different aspects of medical science in years two and three (e.g. in sports medicine, nutruition or cancer) or to continue on the Medical Innovation and Enterprise degree.
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.
Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (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.
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
Molecular Basis of Disease
Techniques in Molecular Medicine
Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine (TERM)
Medical Innovation & Enterprise II
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
Stem Cell therapies
Medical Innovation & Enterprise III (1)
Research in Medical Innovation Science
You will choose two from the following:
Practical Cell-material Interactions
Precision Cancer Medicine
Cancer Clinical Trials
Materials in Medicine
Managerial Accounting for Decision-making
Strategic Project Management
Medical Innovation Business Consultancy
Advanced research in medical innovation science
You will choose three from the following:
Building High Impact Ventures
Strategic Management of Entrepreneurial Ventures
Biomechanics for assistive technologies
Assistive Technology Devices & Rehabilitation Robotics
Inclusive Design and Human-Machine Interfaces
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 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 MSci.
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
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2021/22)
- Overseas students
- £28,500 (2021/22)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
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.
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.
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.
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