M.Sc. On Campus

Disability Design and Innovation (Hons)

12 months
32100 GBP/year
16500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc Disability Design and Innovation (Hons) at University College London (UCL) is the flagship programme for the Global Disability Innovation Hub, which brings together world leading expertise in disability, technology, and innovation from across the three founding partners: UCL, Loughborough University London (LUL), and the London College of Fashion (LCF).


It naturally blends hard engineering and design skills with the necessary understanding of the global policy and societal contexts of disability.

As a student on the MSc Disability Design and Innovation (Hons) from University College London (UCL), you will learn core research methods, combined with a solid base in technology, disability, and development. You will develop skills in team working, project planning and communication though working in small groups. You will develop your ability to build both marketing and business strategies to ensure products, services, or programmes are capable to delivering a sustainable, positive difference to disabled people’s lives.

What this course will give you

  • UCL received the highest percentage (96%) for quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).
  • UCL Computer Science graduates are highly valued as a result of the department's strong international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London.
  • UCL Computer Science contains some of the world's leading researchers in computer graphics, geometry processing, computer vision and virtual environments.
  • The programme team takes an experimental approach to our subject, enjoy the challenge and opportunity of entrepreneurial partnerships, and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations.
  • The MSc Design, Disability, and Innovation at UCL is the flagship programme for the Global Disability Innovation Hub.


The programme is designed to prepare you to pursue a career in the international development job market, to understand how innovation and technology more generally can be harnessed to improve the lives of the world’s one billion disabled people, and to apply design thinking to the challenges that disabled people are often confronted with.The research-based curriculum promotes strong research skills, which you will develop through your final research project/ dissertation; you will be well equipped to undertake doctoral research.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules

  •  Research Methods and Making Skills
  •  Future Global Technologies for Disability and Development
  •  MSc Disability, Design and Innovation Dissertation
  •  Loughborough University: Design Thinking
  •  Loughborough University: Collaborative Unit
  •  London College of Fashion: Applied Business and Marketing Strategy for Disability Developments


The programme is intended for students who want to make a fairer world through disability innovation. One of the strengths of the programme is its diversity, which values students from occupational therapy, user experience design, international development, human computer interaction, product design, neuroscience, diplomatic service, medicine, disability activism and many other disciplines.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree (or international qualification of an equivalent standard) in engineering or social sciences, or five years' experience of working in international development, design or assistive technology development. Applicants entering via the experience route will be required to attend an interview before being offered a place. For applicants without an engineering background, successful completion of an online preparatory course is compulsory. This will be delivered over the summer and will fully prepare applicants for the technical components for the programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Disability Design and Innovation (Hons)
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