Project Type: 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 in this groundbreaking field. 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.

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.

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 latest session on YouTube.

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

Remote teaching and student experience

Our 2020/21 cohort have joined a dynamic agile research centre, at a time when disability equality is more important then ever.

UCL will update prospective students throughout the build up to the 2021/22 academic year. For our current intake;

  • 2020/21 DDI MSc lectures will be delivered digitally providing a unique opportunity for global participation and accessible learning
  • All students will be able to participate remotely facilitating those shielding or in lock-down around the world
  • Interactive sessions will take place online or in person ensuring that all students will be guided and challenged in discussions alongside their peers
  • Small-group seminars may take place on campus; but those unable to attend will be given alternative options to engage
  • Digital and physical social engagements will ensure the highest quality of student experience; for both those that choose to study in London and students based further afield
  • Global content to a global audience digital based learning will provide an opportunity for additional guest lecturers, digital content and career development
  • Clubs and societies will continue to operate with a variety of engagement opportunities, enabling students to access a wide range of the extra-curricular activities alongside their studies

Further information on the 2021/2022 cohort will be provided in due course.

Entrance of Here East building
Main campus building at UCL Here East

Global Disability Innovation Hub - Research Centre

Students will work alongside GDI Hub's live programmes, including AT2030 - Life Changing Assistive Technology for All - a £20m UK Aid funded global programme, lead by the GDI Hub to reach 9 million people directly and 6 million indirectly through increased access to Assistive Technology and innovation.

We work with world-leading global partners across Inclusive Design, Assistive Technology and Culture and Participation, including NGOs and DPO’s, corporates and academic institutions - this includes WHO, UNICEF, CHAI, IPC, Microsoft, GSMA, Leonard Cheshire Disability and many more non-for-profit and innovative start-ups.

Smart glasses innovations
Smart Glasses product development

Meet the Teaching Team

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.

Hear from our student

Current students and recent graduates discuss their MSc experiences