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MSc Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technologies

University College London
London, England, UK
Courses in UKCourses in England1 year full-time; Flexible up to 5 years

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.

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.

Programme starts
September 2018

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.

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.

The programme will be taught mostly at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London. Some teaching will also take place in Bloomsbury.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/rehabilitation-engineering-assistive-technologies-msc

How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.

For more information on the course and how to apply visit the course website or email Ruth Williams, Teaching Administrator, at ruth.williams@ucl.ac.uk

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