MSc Disability, Design and Innovation at UCL

Technology has the potential to change lives, no more so than in the emerging area of disability innovation.

This groundbreaking new MSc is led and awarded by UCL, with teaching across Loughborough University London and the UAL London College of Fashion.

Visit UCL prospectus to apply now for September 2020.

The course

Multidisciplinary - Design engineering meets global policy and the societal context of disability.

World-leading - Delivered by renowned experts. A truly dynamic learning environment, where theory is taken into practice.

Groundbreaking - Join the GDI Hub Research and Teaching Centre at UCL; harnessing academic excellence, innovative practice and co-creation to tackle global challenges from a new perspective.

Unique - Study across three top London institutions: UCL, Loughborough University London and the London College of Fashion, with links to global partners. The MSc will be awarded by UCL.

Accessible - Developed with accessibility in mind, our assessment methods are innovative, supporting a wide range of students.

Pioneering - at the forefront of the Global Disability Innovation movement.

Connect to research projects

Students will work alongside the GDI Hub's live programmes, including AT2030 - Life Changing Assistive Technology for All - a £10m global programme, lead by the GDI Hub to reach over 3 million people, testing new approaches and backing ‘what works’ to get AT to those who need it by creating partnerships with the private sector to build and shape markets.


The GDI Hub is committed to partnership delivery. As a research center we work alongside world leading global organisations including NGOs and DPO’s (WHO, UNICEF, International Committee of the Red Cross, and Leonard Cheshire Disability).

We also engage with innovative business driving forward the disability agenda (Microsoft, Barclays). Governmental departments (Department for International Development) and leading academics, innovators and influencers.


A top 10 world university (QS 2019). Students will experience the facilities, expertise and resources of this famous institution including;

UCLIC - a world leading Centre of Excellence in Human-Computer Interaction teaching and research, studying interactions between people and technology, drawing on the best scientific traditions in Computer Science and Human Sciences, and working collaboratively with the research community and industry.

Institute of Making - a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from molecules to buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities.

UCL at Here East - new state of the art facilities in the innovative tech ecosystem of East London. Based at the Broadcast Centre for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, UCL at Here East brings together architects, engineers, computer scientists and many others to work side by side. It's also the home of the Global Disability Innovation Hub.

Career options

Students graduating from this MSc will have the skills and expertise required to pursue careers in Inclusive Design and Innovation, Global policy and Research, Disability Rights, International Development, Accessibility and Assistive technologies or develop their own start-ups.

UCL Friends and Alumni Association Scholarship - now closed

  • Funding $20,000 to a US student

The UCL Friends & Alumni Association is a US non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and support for research, education and innovation at University College London (UCL). Additionally, the UCL Friends & Alumni Association works to connect talented American students with the opportunities offered at UCL, providing funding for Masters scholarships in global health, crime science and public policy.


Register your interest by emailing:

Snowdon Masters Scholarships - now closed

  • x1 Gold Award - Fees and bursary. x2 Silver Award - Fees only.

For UK based disabled students with with a passion for learning and the determination to succeed. Individuals with a strong desire to help improve the lives of others and the potential to become a leader of the future.

The Snowdon Trust helps support disabled people study in the UK, offering scholarships and grants for higher education. Founded by the First Earl of Snowdon, a prominent disability rights campaigner who had polio as a child, the trust supports disabled people nationwide to excel in their chosen area of study.

Meet the Teaching Team

General Information

  • Fees: UK/EU: Full-time £12,750 Overseas: Full-time £28,410
  • Further module detail and information can be found on the UCL Computer Science site.
  • Application for the MSc DDI 2019/2020. Click here to apply.
  • Closing date for Snowdon Bursary applications: Closed for 2019
  • Closing date for UCLFAA Scholarship applications: Closed for 2019
  • Closing date for applications: to be confirmed for 2020
  • Click to download the MSc DDI Leaflet
  • For further information please email:
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“The global potential for disability innovation is huge. New technologies provide opportunities for scalability and access, but to accelerate this movement we need a new generation of pioneers. The Disability, Design and Innovation Masters is the world’s first course in this rapidly growing area of expertise. Students will be taught in a uniquely multidisciplinary environment, learning from global experts, live research projects and high profile global collaborations. We’re looking for exceptional students with the drive and determination to push the boundaries of this new area of study.”

Dr Catherine Holloway, Academic Director of the GDI Hub

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