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.
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Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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
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Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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About this degree
You will engage in research-based learning and work on real medical engineering projects driven by a clinical need. You will receive core training in biomechanics, engineering for rehabilitation robotics and assistive devices, and applications thereof. Modules explore cutting-edge topics including inclusive design, accessibility and assistive technologies, medical electronics and neural engineering. You will also learn the principles of scientific inquiry.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six compulsory modules: four core taught modules (60 credits), a group research module (30 credits) and an individual project (60 credits); as well as two optional modules (30 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies.
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.
- Applications of Rehabilitation Engineering including notions of Anatomy and Physiology
- Assistive Technology Devices and Rehabilitation Robotics
- Biomechanics for Assistive Technologies (M Level)
- Scientific Inquiry in Rehabilitation Engineering
- Group research project
- 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.
- Inclusive Design and Human-Machine Interfaces
- Biosignals and Bioelectronics
- Inclusive Design and Environment
- Accessibility and Assistive Technologies
- Medical Electronics and Neural Engineering (M Level)
Please note that we cannot guarantee that all combinations of these modules will be possible due to timetabling clashes, the students should consult the programme administrator for more information
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 and/or UCL East.
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, we suggest allowing approximately £500 per year.
Most teaching takes place at RNOH Stanmore, 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: https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/
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.
Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees-and-funding.
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
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
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: 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
- 30 July 2021
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.
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