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Ranging from computing software such as screen readers and communication systems to wheelchairs and powerlifts, assistive technologies enhance the learning, working and daily living habits of those with disabilities.

Alternative Communication (AAC) research group at the School of Science and Engineering.

You will gain an understanding of living systems and how to design computing-based devices and new technologies through learning about biomedical measurement systems, human anatomy, physiology and medical instrumentations.

The course is underpinned by our international reputation in cutting-edge areas of research in the development of AAC devices. You will learn to design and build prototypes for user interfaces, interaction and experiences through practical tasks and be taught how to create a critical evaluation of research literature.

We are committed to entrepreneurship, enterprise and employability, as such the course provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and its application to invention, product development, and intellectual property through case study examples.

Your research project will explore an area of your own particular interest. This will involve developing important skills in communication, critical thinking and problem-solving and require a high degree of autonomy, with the help of a project supervisor.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

This course is taught by academics from the School of Science and Engineering & The School of Medicine as well as industrial experts. The programme will involve a variety of teaching formats including:

  • lectures
  • Tutorials
  • VLE screencasts
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Case studies and demonstrations

Practical sessions are opportunities for students to develop their own prototyping, design critique and usability engineering skills in collaboration with end users.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed using a mixture of coursework's and examinations. Coursework's will typically either be:

  • individual submission based on a specific topic, related to the taught content
  • report based on practical work such as laboratory sessions, prototype development
  • the creation of presentations and reflective journals

In addition to examination and coursework, students will be assessed on their biomedical engineering project, by submitting a MSc thesis and preparing a poster presentation as part of a viva-voca thesis defence

What you will study

The course has six core modules and two optional modules that can be selected during semester one.

Semester 1

Semester 1 has three core modules:

Optional modules

There are two optional modules during semester 1 and you can select one of the following:

Semester 2

Semester 2 has two taught core modules:

Biomedical Engineering Project.

You will also complete:

You will also complete a project, selected in consultation with a project supervisor. The project will require the preparation of an interim report, summarising the main aims of the project, research strategy and literature review related to the project. After defining agreed project objectives, identifying appropriate practical or computational techniques, project structure and time management, the student will undertake a period of research or development experimental work, or a combination of both to obtain results, according to the project type.


Obtaining an MSc degree In Design for Healthcare and Assistive Technologies will prepare you for a successful, rewarding and challenging career in a few different sectors, Including the medical technology and assistive technology industries, academic institutions, hospitals, schools, care organisations and government departments.

A wide range of employment possibilities exist including engineer, assistive technologist, professor, research scientist, teacher, manager, salesperson or CEO.

The programme also provides the ideal academic grounding to undertake a PhD degree leading to a career in academic research.

Become part of a growing industry reimaging disability through assistive technologies. 

There are strong links between:

  • Ninewells teaching hospital
  • special schools
  • disability organisations
  • industry

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MSc Design for Healthcare & Assistive Technologies page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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