Domain: Teaching

Themes: Assistive & Accessible Technology, Inclusive Design

MSc Disability, Design and Innovation at UCL

Location: UK

Technology has the potential to change lives, no more so than in the emerging area of disability innovation. We're looking for the next generation of pioneers. To apply, visit the UCL prospectus

General Information

Design engineering meets global policy and the societal context of disability, this multidisciplinary programme takes theory into practice - harnessing academic excellence, innovative approaches and co-creation to tackle global challenges from a new perspective.

Delivered by global experts the programme is a opportunity to study across three top London institutions. Teaching will take place at UCL (Here East campus), Loughborough University London and the London College of Fashion. The MSc will be awarded by UCL.

Graduating students will have the skills and knowledge to apply design thinking to the complex problem of disability.

Smart glasses innovations
Smart Glasses product development

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. Hear more from our Academic Director on career options.

Cathy Holloway is standing giving a presentation to students that are gathered by a workshop table.
2019 seminar

Virtual open days

The GDI Hub hosts virtual open days to provide prospective students with further details about the course. If you are unable to join an open day, you may find it helpful to view our previous sessions;

On this programme, students will

  1. Acquire a systematic understanding of the unique challenges of emerging technologies in an international development context
  2. Gain the ability to apply engineering design and systems thinking to complex problems; taking into consideration social, political and ethical contexts in which the problem exists.
  3. Apply the theory of appropriate technology production to specific disability-focused projects.
  4. Develop a business and marketing strategy for a range of products and services for both commercial and third sector organisations.
  5. Plan studies, analyse data and explore methods of visualising data sets.
Entrance of Here East building
Main campus building at UCL Here East

Global Disability Innovation Hub - Research and Practice Centre

Students will work alongside GDI Hub's live programmes, operational in 41 countries, we work alongside more than 70 partners and have reached 23 million people since 2016.

Our world-leading global partners includes WHO, UNICEF, CHAI, IPC, Microsoft, GSMA, Leonard Cheshire Disability, World Bank and many more non-for-profit and innovative start-ups.

A group of students sat around a table working with an assistive device

Meet the Teaching Team

  • Youngjun Cho - Programme Director of MSc DDI & Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, UCL
  • Catherine Holloway - Academic Director of GDI & Professor, UCL
  • Tim Adlam - Deputy Programme Director of MSc DDI & Associate Professor, UCL
  • Iain McKinnon - Lecturer, UCL
  • Mikko Koria - Associate Dean for Enterprise, Professor of Design Innovation and Director of the Institute for Design Innovation, Loughborough University London
  • Antonius van den Broek - Lecturer, Loughborough University London
  • Edwin Phiri - Lecturer, London College of Fashion
  • Gabriela Daniels - Lecturer, London College of Fashion

Academic Director, Professor Catherine Holloway Lunch Hour Lecture "Assistive Technology as an Innovation Leader - A Vision for the Future"

This UCL East lecture provides an insight into some of the topics covered by the MSc programme, and what that future holds for this dynamic and faced paced field.

Published works by Disability Design and Innovation MSc students

Other achievements
  • A DDI alumna (Akriti Pradhan) and the project supervisor gave an invited talk at the 2nd Conference of the International Society of Cosmetic Therapy in Japan (11 November 21). The title of the talk was: Inclusive Beauty: Cosmetics for Blind and Low Vision Consumers.

Catch up on our digital open day

Hear from our student

Current students and recent graduates discuss their MSc experiences