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.
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 an 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.
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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, but you will also learn how to put this into practice through our research-based learning activities. The highly interdisciplinary research focus will give you an 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.
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications.
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