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Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies - MSc

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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).

Core modules
-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

Optional modules - 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.


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 course will give you the opportunity to enhance your employability by gaining and refining both technical and transferrable 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 of this course 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 course, 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.

Visit the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

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.

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