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MSc Assistive Technology

Course Description


This innovative course opens up the debate on the potential that AT can offer. This course has been designed for a wide range of graduate students or students with a specialist knowledge and/or experience of assistive technologies who can demonstrate their ability to study at postgraduate level.


The philosophy of the course focuses on the centrality of the user of AT. It provides you with the opportunity to: reflect on work based practices, policies and procedures; utilise and critique the evidence base relating to the effective of use of AT; implement a work based project; engage with the product development and inclusive design processes; and, evaluate the impact of AT through research.

Learn more in the Assistive Technology MSc course brochure.


The course has been designed to meet a wide range of student needs in relation to AT. It offers a series of modules, each carrying a specific number of credits that make up each stage.

You can choose to ‘step off’ the MSc programme following the completion of a full stage and gain the relevant award. The course is studied part-time and will normally take 3 years to complete the full MSc. The course stage runs over a standard academic year. The PG Certificate comprises three modules and starts in September each year ending in the following summer. The style of delivery includes blended learning and work-based study. Up to 16 days of University attendance are required for Stage1. This excludes time required for online study.

The Postgraduate Diploma runs over a standard academic year and includes four modules of study. These include two 10 credit modules (Technological Futures and Inclusive Design). Technological futures is primarily self-directed requiring 3 days of university attendance. Inclusive design is delivered using blended learning with approximately 6 University based sessions.

You are also required to undertake two research modules (20 credits each). There are two routes available which includes an online or weekly taught traditional route. The online route would require approximately 8 days of university attendance in total and the weekly taught traditional route would require a total of 20 half days of attendance.

For the dissertation, attendance is negotiated on an individual basis with your research supervisor as required.

A more flexible structure is possible if you wish to undertake the MSc at a slower rate, to enable you to have time for study and to respond to work or family commitments during the period of study. There is a requirement however that the MSc is completed within a period of five years to ensure all learning is still valid and current at the time of the award. From time to time, particularly within the Postgraduate Certificate, product showcases of new AT products and services are arranged to complement University based sessions as a means of extending your knowledge of AT solutions available.

Visit the MSc Assistive Technology page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a good first degree and/or appropriate professional qualification, or appropriate experience and demonstration of ability to study at postgraduate level are required to gain entry onto the course (all applications will be reviewed on an individual basis).

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