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Medical Technology Entrepreneurship - MRes

Course Description

The medical technologies sector is seeing unprecedented growth, with an increasing need for trained professionals with a skill set combining scientific proficiency with entrepreneurial and business flair. This innovative programme, in partnership with the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, offers a unique graduate pathway into this flourishing sector.

Degree information

This programme combines medical device scientific research and development with training in translation techniques, enterprise and entrepreneurship. Students will learn about entrepreneurial finance and gain knowledge in business management, while carrying out technical research that will give them a solid grounding in medical device development. The programme provides the essential skills to move forward in the medical device sector.

Students take modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), and a dissertation/report (120 credits).

Core modules
-Two skill modules with an emphasis on entrepreneurship based in UCL School of Management.

Optional modules
-Two scientific modules will be chosen from a wide range of appropriate MSc modules across UCL

All students undertake an independent research project culminating in a dissertation of a maximum of 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, problem classes, workshops, and projects. Assessment of taught components is through unseen written examinations or by assessed coursework. Assessment of the project is by dissertation and viva.


It is anticipated that on completion of this programme students will either embark on a career in either industry or academic research. This MRes forms the first year of a doctoral training programme in Medical Device Innovation. An industrial career in this expanding area could lie anywhere on the spectrum of working within large multinational medical technology companies to setting up your own enterprise in a medical device need area that you have identified.

This programme offers a unique opportunity to combine an understanding of medical device engineering with enterprise skills. You will gain an understanding of the innovation pipeline concept, through development, to bringing a product to the marketplace. This skill set is key to being at the forefront of the emerging medical device market as the balance of power shifts from pharmaceuticals to medical technologies.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering provides a unique source of coherent entrepreneurship training for medical technology graduate students in the UK, alongside a vibrant multidisciplinary biomedical engineering research community engaged in developing new medical devices to transform medicine.

Our entrepreneurial training is delivered by the UCL School of Management, and is complemented by seminars and networking events bringing together researchers, clinicians and industrialists.

Where students are sponsored by an industrial partner, they will spend time with that partner. Links are also being built with Yale University and students may have the opportunity to spend short periods of time there.

Visit the Medical Technology Entrepreneurship - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant science or medical subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a different degree, or with no degree but with relevant professional experience, may be considered. All such applications will be subject to approval by the Dean of Students (Academic).

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