Undergraduate prospectus


Medical Sciences and Engineering MSci

This specialist degree programme will give you the knowledge of biology and disease, and the engineering and problem solving skills to contribute to areas such as designing artificial and regenerative tissues, robotic surgeries and improved prosthetics. MSci students will be able to carry out an additional research project, and also have the flexibility of selecting a theme for their optional modules in year four.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics, Biology at grade AA and either Physics or Chemistry at grade B 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-requirements

Contextual offer

Contextual offer not available. (more about contextual offers)

IB Diploma

A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, including a score of 6 in both Mathematics and Biology and either Physics or Chemistry with a minimum score of 5.

Contextual offer

Contextual offer not available. (more about contextual offers)

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits 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, including Mathematics and Biology at D3 and either Physics or Chemistry at M1.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Mathematics and Biology at A,A Advanced Higher and either Physics or Chemistry at Advanced Higher or Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB including Mathematics and Biology at grade AA and either Physics or Chemistry at grade B.

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: 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.

Degree benefits

  • You will have the benefit of teaching underpinned by world-leading research activity in medical devices from across UCL.

  • You will engage with scientists, clinicians and engineers across UCL's Bloomsbury, Royal Free and Stanmore campuses. This close interaction with national hospitals means that education is driven by medical challenges.

  • You will develop your entrepreneurial skills and learn how research can be translated into clinical practice. You will also learn about commercialisation within the medical technology industry.

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).

This degree is split equally between engineering and medical science and is composed of eight compulsory modules in year one and eight in year two.

In year three, students will have the opportunity to personalise their programme as there will be a range of optional modules available.

Students will be encouraged to design their degree along a theme including engineering and medical sciences.

In Year 4 students will undertake a compulsory Research Project, will be able to tailor their degree from a range of optional modules. 


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

Core or compulsory module(s)

Introduction to Engineering Medicine
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease
Mathematics and Modelling
Medical Instrumentation
The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism
Kidneys, Hormonal Control of Human Physiology, Fluid Balance and Nutrition
Materials and Mechanics
Professional Engineering Practice

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

The Functional Nervous System and Brain
Medical Instrumentation II
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Musculoskeletal Biology
Manufacturing Regenerative Medicines
Fundamentals of Biomechanics
Infection, Inflammation and Repair
Professional Medical Practice

Optional modules

All second year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Professional Clinical Practice
Research Project

Optional modules

A variety of optional modules will be available, allowing students to personalise their degree along a theme including engineering or medical sciences. 

Core or compulsory module(s)

There are no compulsory modules in year four.

Optional modules

Students will be able to select modules from a range, allowing them to personalise their degree along an engineering or medical sciences theme. 

Your learning

Taught modules will be supported by specially-tailored, lab-based group tutorials. Working in small teams, students will apply their knowledge within a supported environment, supervised by academics. Formal learning will include practical classes, case-based discussions, workshops and research projects (group and individual).


A range of methods of assessment will be used across the programme, including: written coursework, project reports, and unseen examinations (designed to test knowledge and understanding of both medical sciences and engineering).

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Medical Sciences and Engineering MSci.


Graduates will be equipped to deliver world-class biomedical engineering and regenerative medicine solutions in clinical, commercial, regulatory and research environments. They will have the skills to move into the expanding global medical technologies and regenerative medicine sectors as product specialists, researchers, designers and regulatory advisors. Graduates may also enter NHS Clinical Scientist and Clinical Engineer training programmes. 

Recent government and industry reports have identified skills shortages in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. These shortages need to be met by multidisciplinary graduates who can think broadly to create new solutions to global challenges. 

Graduates will be equipped to work in areas such as designing artificial and regenerative body organs and tissues, keyhole and robotic surgery, innovating techniques for diagnosis and treatment of disease, quantifying physiological function, designing equipment for improved surgical techniques, prosthetic reconstruction and assistive technology, and treating patients needing corrective treatments due to malformation, disease, cancer or trauma.

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 2019/20 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 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£24,760 (2019/20)

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 proje


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

We will be looking for evidence of your motivation, commitment and enthusiasm to pursue this degree. This could be demonstrated through relevant work or other experiences (e.g. attendance at a scientific exhibition). This programme will suit students who want to make a difference in the world, who are innovative and inventive, and who are prepared to be challenged.

Due to the programme content, we require applicants have an A level in Biology and Mathematics, plus one additional STEM subject (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Further Mathematics).

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 2019


We will use your predicted or achieved academic qualifications, your personal statement and your reference to decide whether to offer you a place.

We are happy to defer your entry for one year, provided that you have made definite plans for that year (such as working in a relevant field to gain experience or broadening your horizons through travel).

We enthusiastically welcome students applying from overseas.

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