The MSc in Disability, Design and Innovation is the flagship programme for the Global Disability Innovation Hub. Led and awarded by UCL with teaching across Loughborough University London and the UAL, London College of Fashion. A multidisciplinary course, where design engineering meets global policy and the societal context of disability. Join the GDI Hub Research and teaching centre at UCL, harnessing academic excellence and innovative practice.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2019/20)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
Either a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Social Sciences from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or, five years' experience of working in international development, design or assistive technology development. Students entering via the experience route will be required to attend an interview before being offered a place. For students without an engineering background, successful completion of an online preparatory course is compulsory. This will be delivered over the summer and will fully prepare students for the technical components for the course.
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
About this degree
The first term will equip you with the core research methods, combined with a solid base in Future Global Technologies for Disability and Development In the second term you will take part in a group project, take an option from a restricted range and develop your ability to build both marketing and business strategies to ensure your products, services or programmes are capable of delivering a sustainable, positive difference to disabled peoples’ lives.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core taught modules , one option module and a dissertation in term three.
- Future Global Technologies for Disability and Development @ UCL (30 credits)
- Design Thinking @ Loughborough University Stratford(15 credits)
- Research Methods & Making Skills @UCL (15 credits)
- Applied Business and Marketing strategy for Disability Developments @ London College of Fashion (30 credits)
- Collaborative Project @ Loughborough University Stratford (15 credits)
Students must choose an option module (15 credits)
- Accessibility & Assistive Technology @ UCL (15 credits)
- Disability and Development @ UCL(15 credits)
- Inclusive Design & Environment @ UCL (15 credits)
All choices are subject to timetabling and resource constraints.
All students will undertake a dissertation (60 credits). Supervision will be provided by staff from UCL, London College of Fashion or Loughborough University.
Teaching and learning
The programme aims to be inclusive from the outset. You will learn from through a mixture of group projects, individual making, lectures and seminars. You will have access to experts and practitioner communities to support their learning and we also expect our student cohort to learn from each other's life experiences.
There will be fieldtrips as part of the Inclusive Design and Environments module.
Snowdon Trust scholarships are available to disabled students with a passion for learning, applications are now closed.
The UCL Friends & Alumni Association (UCLFAA) is a US non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness and support for research, education and innovation at UCL. Additionally, the UCLFAA works to connect talented American students with the opportunites offered at UCL by providing funding. $20,000 funding is available to a US student: click here to apply
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Now closed for 2019/20
- £15,000 (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- £25,000 (Duration of programme)
- UK, EU
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Deadline: 30 June 2019
- £4,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
On Graduation you will be equipped to move into jobs in international development, create start-ups or work within larger corporations in the field of computing, accessibility and assistive technologies. You will understand how technology can be harnessed to improve the lives of the worlds 1 billion disabled people.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The global potential for disability innovation is huge. New technologies provide opportunities for scalability and access, but to accelerate this movement we need a new generation of pioneers. The Disability, Design and Innovation Masters is the world’s first course in this rapidly growing area of expertise. Students will be taught in a uniquely multidisciplinary environment, learning from global experts, live research projects and high profile global collaborations. We’re looking for exceptional students with the drive and determination to push the boundaries of this new area of study.
Department: Computer Science
Subscribe to the StudyUCL YouTube channel to learn more about life and studying at UCL.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
Students must have one of the following:
1) A bachelors degree with a 2:1 (hons) in Engineering, Social Sciences or a related subject.
2) Five years’ experience of working in international development, design or assistive technology development.
Students entering via route 2 will be required to attend an interview before being offered a place.
For students without an engineering background, successful completion of an online preparatory course is compulsory. This will be delivered over the summer and will fully prepare students for the technical components for the course.
- All applicants
- 12 July 2019
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now