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BSc (Hons) Medical Science with Innovation and Enterprise

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September 2024
3 years full-time
4 years part-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£15,100 (INT) *
Course leader
Dr Ghada Elayat

This course will not be running in September 2023. The next intake will be September 2024. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this.

There is a growing demand for people with creative, complex problem solving across every industry. Our programme is designed to meet employers’ demand for science graduates with the knowledge and skills required to solve commercial problems and with business acumen skills.

Why study BSc Medical Science with Innovation and Enterprise* at Middlesex University?

From your studies, you will acquire the knowledge, skills, attitude and ethical values required to work in the field of medical science. The development of an understanding of disease processes, how diseases are diagnosed and treated is an essential aim of the programme. You’ll be taught by a dedicated team of academics and clinical practitioners, using a wide range of learning styles.

You’ll study in some of the UK’s best laboratories, equipped with cutting-edge technology. Our £36 million Hatchcroft Building is outfitted with cutting-edge facilities and you’ll have access to all the labs and equipment there. You’ll get the experience of working with the latest industry equipment to develop your skills and launch a career.

The enterprise and innovation dimension will add to these skills and knowledge by developing your ability to solve complex problems creatively.  You will be networking with leading entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries and gain insights some of the most advanced solutions.

Course highlights

  • Gain a theoretical and practical understanding of medical science subjects
  • Have access to specialised clinical and research equipment used to diagnose medical conditions
  • Learn from a dedicated team of academics with expertise in medical science and business, who will use a wide range of active learning styles, including enquiry-based, laboratory-based and problem-based activities
  • Strong focus on the contemporary issues and practical skills training, equipping you with business skills required to identify business opportunities and overcome obstacles
  • Opportunity to network and interact with other professional practitioners who draw from their own real-life experiences at events such as Global Entrepreneurship Week.

*Please note that this course is subject to review.

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What will you study on BSc Medical Science with Innovation and Enterprise?

This is a multi-discipline programme, covering the fields of biochemistry, genomics, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, project management and business development.

You'll gain knowledge and hands-on experience of clinical and laboratory procedures used in diagnostics and medical research and development. You'll also bring together the knowledge and skills developed throughout the course and apply them to a project that involves starting and running your own business or undertaking entrepreneurial work.


  • Year 1 - Compulsory

    • Professional Development and Trends in Medical Science (15 credits)

      This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the employment opportunities in the field of medical science. In addition, the module facilitates development of basic laboratory skills, safe laboratory practice, and appropriate administrative, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress, and to work in a clinical laboratory environment.

    • Creativity and Innovation (30 credits)

      This module provides an introduction to creativity and innovation. Starting with a generalised view of creativity and innovation as behaviours, it moves towards a more nuanced view within the biomedical field.  It explains the key concept of curiosity when being creative and innovative and the need for play when developing ideas. This module also introduces the role of enterprises within society and explains why innovation is becoming more critical. The module also touches on the ethical issues that arise as a result of innovations.

    • Cell Sciences (30 credits)

      The module aims to provide you with an introduction to the classification, structure and function of cells and microbes and examples of disease that result from abnormal structure and/or function. Another key aim of this module is to enable you to acquire laboratory skills required to study cells and microbes.

    • Biomolecular Science (15 credits)

      This module provides you with the skill and underpinning knowledge to pursue further studies in biological and biomedical sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on the basic principles of biochemistry for life sciences and genetics.

    • Human Sciences (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology required to underpin your future learning. The unifying theme of homeostasis is used to show how a healthy structure and function are maintained and how failures of homeostasis can result in disease.

  • Year 2 - Compulsory

    • Pharmacology and Toxicology (15 credits)

      This module explores pharmacology, from a physiological systems and regulation, cellular and molecular perspective, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of drug action, clinical application, toxicology and pharmacokinetics.

    • Clinical Sciences (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of disease processes and most common diseases. It also examines the multidisciplinary nature of disease investigation, management and prevention.

    • Molecular Biology and Genomics (15 credits)

      The overall aim is that you understand and gain experience in the principles, practice, quality assurance and applications of commonly-employed methods of molecular biology and genetics used in the investigation of disease.

    • Research Methods and Professional Development (30 credits)

      The module aims to provide you with the skills necessary to plan, implement, analyse and report project-based work, with the focus on preparation for the final year project module. The module also develops your core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline. Specific research skills include analytical techniques appropriate to your course requirements.

    • Design Processes and Project Management (30 credits)

      The aim of this module is to develop the knowledge and skills required to take an idea and begin to change it into a desirable product or service. In doing so the module explores the design process and takes into consideration the benefit of a  values based approach, environment issues and sustainability and so enables you to approach the commercialisation of an idea confidently.

  • Year 3 - Compulsory

    • Clinical Diagnostics (30 credits)

      The module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of a range of diagnostic techniques. You will also be able to recognise abnormal results, which could be caused by either basic technical problems with the equipment or pathological processes.

    • Networking and Business Development (30 credits)

      The aim of this workshop is to introduce you to the value of connections when developing a business idea, as well as an understanding of the principle factors that enable a business idea to start. This will allow you to confidently discover and develop business networks that enable the successful launch of a business idea.

    • Dissertation (30 credits)

      This module will build on the skills you acquired when undertaking a Research Methods and Professional Practice module and from the knowledge gained throughout the course to date. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to your target award and have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. You will gain individual research experience  in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for your own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. This is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

  • Year 3 - Optional

    • Neuropharmacology (30 credits)

      The module aims to provide you with an understanding of the action of drugs on the nervous system and when drugs are used. It also provides an appreciation of steps required to develop a new drug.

    • Clinical Neurology (30 credits)

      The module will build on earlier learning, enabling you to develop a much deeper understanding of neurology. It also provides a basis for an exploration of neurological disorders at neurogenetic, molecular or cellular level, and an appreciation of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in neurology.

    • Drug Development (30 credits)

      This module is designed to provide you with knowledge of all the key processes involved in bringing a drug to the market and the associated challenges. The first part of the module focuses on the science and technology involved in the discovery process i.e. from identifying a medical need to the discovery of a drug candidate and the second part of the module focuses on the steps required to turn the drug candidate into a product on the market. This module is supported by online resources/videos and external speakers covering specialist topics to cover specialist topics such as, preclinical and human clinical trials, economics of drug discovery, regulatory controls and manufacturing processes.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BSc Medical Science with Innovation and Enterprise support your career?

The course will provide you with a range of academic and professional skills to prepare you for a wide range of career options including biomedical consultancy, medical research, medical start-up and spin off companies, medical device companies, pharmaceutical industry, science communication and technology transfer.

Optional modules and individual assignments will allow you to design your course to focus on your career aspirations.

Dr Ghada Elayat MBChB, PhD, FIBMS, FHEA
Programme leader

Dr Elayat is medical doctor with many years’ experience in histopathology.  Her teaching experience spans over 25 years during which she taught medical, dentistry, pharmacy and biomedical students at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Her teaching strategies have evolved to include and explore new pedagogical ideas that focus on building the capability of learners to anticipate and engage with the future and to navigate through complexity, uncertainty and change.

Dr Elayat's research interests include breast cancer, which has resulted in several publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. Her current research is focused on bladder cancer biology with particular focus on mechanisms of angiogenesis and their impact on prognosis and treatment.

Dr Simon Best
Senior lecturer

Dr Best joined Middlesex University in 2010 following a number of career changes. His first career was 15 years as a chef; this was followed by two years as a Market Researcher and then 28 years as self-employed business owner. During his time as a business owner, he started businesses in Australia, Papua New Guinea, India and Vietnam.

Dr Best has extensive networks across a number of countries. Currently he leads the Enterprise development hub – EDH@MDX as well as lecturing in Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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