Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies MSc

London, Stanmore

This exciting programme focuses on the design, development and clinical application of novel rehabilitative and assistive technologies. The programme is delivered by the Aspire Create team, which is engineering the next generation of these technologies, in partnership with clinicians at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

Prospective students should have a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science (including Medicine), Engineering, Computer Science or Physics; an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; or sufficient relevant professional experience.

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This MSc focuses on the design, development and clinical application of novel rehabilitative and assistive technologies. The programme is delivered by the Aspire Create team, which is engineering the next generation of these technologies, in partnership with clinicians at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, UCL academics, professionals at the Aspire Charity and other worldwide collaborators.

Rehabilitation engineering is a rapidly developing field that has the potential to revolutionise the way we help people take back control of their daily activities. This MSc focuses on how state-of-the-art technologies, haptic devices and neuromodulation can be developed and used to help promote the restoration of motor function. Where this is not currently possible, we review how they can help to substitute lost function. The programme is illustrated by applications to complex and challenging medical conditions such as spinal cord injuries, stroke and neuromuscular diseases. It also covers issues that arise from the global trend of the ageing population.

This unique MSc provides core fundamental knowledge of these interdisciplinary subject areas and develops your transferable research skills (including project planning, organisation, critical analysis, communication and teamwork). The taught modules are supported by a specially tailored group research project, which enables you to apply your knowledge and refine your research skills in small teams, and an individual project where you investigate your own research question.

Who this course is for

This programme is aimed primarily at engineers, physicists and computer scientists who want to make a real difference to society by developing their skills and knowledge to help those in need.

What this course will give you

Rehabilitation engineering will revolutionise the way patients regain their independence. Complementary to drugs and surgery, this unique MSc focuses on how state-of-the-art technologies can be developed and translated into clinical practice.

You will tackle real problems, faced by people with complex and challenging medical conditions, such as spinal cord injuries and stroke.

There are plenty of networking opportunities throughout the programme, which is run by internationally renowned UCL academics, in conjunction with clinicians at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, assistive technology specialists from the Aspire charity, and our industrial research partners.

The foundation of your career

Typical career destinations for our graduates might range from, but would not be limited to, academic researchers, biomedical R&D engineers, clinical scientists, and entrepreneurs who spin out their project work into start-up companies. Some of our alumni are pursuing PhDs at world leading universities, including ETH Zurich, Switzerland and University College London, while others have taken positions in the industrial biomedical engineering sector.


This unique research-intensive MSc aims to prepare you with core fundamental knowledge and skills for the rehabilitation engineering and assistive technologies sector. You will enhance your employability by gaining and refining both technical and transferable skills (including project planning, organisation, critical analysis, and communication and teamwork skills).

Not only will you gain specialist theoretical knowledge, you will also learn how to put this into practice through our research-based learning activities. The highly interdisciplinary research focus will give you experience of the academic, clinical and third sectors. Importantly, you will refine your communication skills by interacting with different audiences and learn how to pitch your arguments at the right level - a highly valued skill in any sector.

Teaching and learning

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, which are balanced across the different modules. These assessments may include several pieces of coursework: lab reports, portfolios, reflective journals and essays; as well as several examinations: multiple choice questions (MCQ), short and long answer questions, presentations (PowerPoint, video) and oral (viva) examinations.



Most of our students choose to study full-time over 12 months, so typically the programme is structured as follows.

Term 1

You study four compulsory taught modules: applications of rehabilitation engineering, including notions of anatomy and physiology (this module is taught across terms 1 and 2); research methods; rehabilitation robotics and biomechanics for assistive technologies. In parallel, you will apply your learning from these modules to your group research project. You will also be given some guidance and start thinking about selecting your individual research project.

Term 2

You complete the module on applications of rehabilitation engineering and continue with your group research project as well as study two additional specialist taught modules that will address cutting-edge topics.

Term 3

You will work full-time on your individual project with the support of your supervisory team, submitting your final report in August or September.


It is possible to pursue this MSc on a part-time or modular flexible basis. Please note that both modes still require you to be available to attend the university on specific dates and to take your assessments on set days.

The flexibility is in the choice of the number of modules you take every year. As the modules only run once a year, it is not possible to complete this course by only working evenings or the same months every year. If you are interested in this option, please email the programme lead before applying.

Before selecting your modules on Portico for either part-time or modular flexible, you should consult the programme lead as there are restrictions in the order in which modules can be taken.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies.


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Online - Open day

Meet the team: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies MSc

The team gives a short presentation about the programme, including details on modules, research projects, our plans for how teaching in 2020 might look, and answers any questions.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £14,700 £7,350
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

The core textbooks are available from the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics Library, and journal articles in your reading lists are also mostly available electronically. Some students like to purchase their own textbooks or print course documents, for which we suggest allowing approximately £500 per year.

Most teaching takes place at RNOH Stanmore, and there may also be sessions at other locations. Students will be required to pay for travel costs which could typically be between £25-£60 per week. For a more accurate estimate, visit:

Some projects may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. This is only necessary if you choose an individual project working with some groups of participants considered vulnerable, such as some children and patients. For more information on DBS please check the government website.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. More information is available on the CSC website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • Why you want to study Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies at graduate level.
  • Why you want to study Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies at UCL.
  • What particularly attracts you to the chosen programme.
  • How your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme.
  • Where you would like to go professionally with your degree.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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