Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies MSc
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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £12,380 (FT) £6,310 (PT)
- £24,860 (FT)
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 Current Students website.
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
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
You will engage in research-based learning and work on real-world medical engineering projects which are driven by a clinical need. Throughout the MSc, you will receive core training in “anatomy for engineers", biomechanics and research methodologies, before choosing modules that explore cutting-edge topics ranging from robotics and electronic implants to social cognitive rehabilitation and “disability and development”.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), a group research module (30 credits) and an individual project (60 credits).
- Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers
- Assistive Technology Devices and Rehabilitation Robotics
- Biomechanics for Assistive Technologies
- Research Methods and Experiment Design
- Group research projects
- Individual research project
All students participate in two group research projects which put the theory from the core modules into practice. Each project results in a group report and an individual mini-viva.
- Disability and Development
- Electronic Devices and Implant Technologies
- Inclusive Design and Human-Machine Interfaces
- Social Cognitive Rehabilitation
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and hands-on laboratory sessions, supported by exercise/problem sheets and opportunities for reflection and discussion. Assessment is through coursework, research project reports, mini-vivas, MCQs and written exams.
The programme will be taught mostly at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London. Some teaching will also take place in Bloomsbury.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Typical career destinations for our graduates range from, but are not limited to: academic researchers, biomedical R&D engineers, clinical scientists, and entrepreneurs who spin out their project work into start-up companies.
This programme will give you the opportunity to enhance your employability by gaining and refining both technical and transferable 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 (technical, clinical and lay) and learn how to pitch your arguments at the right level – this is a highly valued skill in any sector.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Rehabilitation engineering promises to 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.
Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
Student / staff numbers
› 75 staff
including 24 postdocs
› 428 taught students
› 86 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
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.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
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.