UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering



Transforming lives through digital and medical technologies.

What is healthcare engineering?

Healthcare engineering is the field of applying maths and science to solve healthcare problems. This covers an incredibly broad range of activities – from developing 3D-printing prosthetic limbs through to using artificial intelligence to predict cancer.

Our mission is to develop digital and medical technologies that transform lives across the globe.

Learn more about our research projects.

What does the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering do?

For us, it’s all about overcoming the big challenges – the ones that matter most. They drive our research and, quite frankly, get us into work every morning. We want to help patients with spinal injuries walk again. We want people to avoid stroke and paralysis. We want to hold back the visual deterioration that comes with age. We want to help cure cancer.

We support healthcare engineering research at the university through activities like:

  • creating networking opportunities and connecting researchers from across the university and our partner hospitals 
  • facilitating meaningful knowledge exchange between academics, healthcare professionals, industry, patients and members of the public
  • providing training and development opportunities for students and early-stage researchers
  • identifying and supporting strategic funded research opportunities
  • pump-priming projects 
  • hosting events that develop interdisciplinary skills and knowledge
  • guiding researchers through UCL’s research development pipeline, from foundational research to clinical practice

If you are...

A UCL academic or professional services staff member

We organise regular, free events at UCL. Subscribe to our newsletter and check out our event page to see what’s coming up.

Although based in the Faculty of Engineering, our Institute remit cuts across all UCL faculties and departments where technology is being used to meet health needs. 

Our team is always happy to chat and see how we can support you and work together. 

A business, not-for-profit or external research organisation

Interdisciplinarity is at the core of what we do, and collaborations with external partners help us to push the boundaries of our thinking.

We have direct clinical links to eight partner hospitals and three biomedical research centres. 

We are always looking to grow our partnerships with industry, charities, patient and public groups, clinicians, scientists and other centres and institutions both nationally and internationally. If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you

An interested member of the public

If you would like to learn more about what we do, many of our events are free and open to the public.

We also know that great research needs a variety of perspectives, and innovation can come from anywhere. You can help ensure that the technologies we develop are as useful and usable as possible, so please get in touch with your feedback and ideas. 

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Contact us

We're always interested to hear from potential collaborators, curious members of the public or interested others. Get in touch.

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