The MSc in DDI is the flagship programme for the newly established Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub, which brings together world leading expertise in disability, technology and innovation from across the three founding partners: UCL, Loughborough University London (LinLDN) and the London College of Fashion (LCF). It naturally blends hard engineering skills with the necessary understanding of the global policy and societal contexts of disability.

The MSc DDI has been designed to appeal to a wide range of students, focussing on engineers wishing to enter the international development job market; and those working in international development wishing to understand how ICT and technology more generally can be harnessed to improve the lives of the world’s 1 billion disabled people. This multidisciplinary programme will create a new breed of graduates able to apply design thinking to the complex problem of disability.

The first term will equip you with the core research methods, combined with a solid base in Future Global Technologies for Disability and Development In the second term you will take part in a group project, take an option from a restricted range and develop your ability to build both marketing and business strategies to ensure your products, services or programmes are capable of delivering a sustainable, positive difference to disabled peoples’ lives.

MSc Disability Design and Innovation comprises 6 taught modules and a research project. Of the taught modules, 5 are core modules with 1 optional module.

Syllabus content for all postgraduate modules can we found in the Department of Computer Science 2018/19 online syllabus pages.

Programme diet (modules available to you)

Your programme has a set curriculum (also called a diet) which prescribes in what combinations modules can be taken, any restrictions on doing so, and how much credit can and must be taken. The programme information pages show which modules form part of each programme, with links to descriptions and module syllabus information. Modules within a programme can be core, optional, or elective, which reflects whether they must be taken or are optionally taken.

Core modules

Core modules are fundamental to your programme’s core curriculum and are mandatory. You will automatically be registered on your programme's core modules, so will not have to select them. You are guaranteed a place on modules that are core for your programme. There will be no timetable clashes between core modules within a programme.

Optional modules

Optional modules are usually closely related to the programme's core curriculum and you will be able to choose which to take; choices are usually made from within specific groups (for example, choose two optional modules from one group and three from another, etc.) You are not guaranteed a place on optional modules as space is strictly limited. We allocate places on a first come, first serve basis, with preference given to Computer Science students over those of other departments. Bear in mind that some modules have prerequisites that must be met in order to be eligible for a place (see the module syllabus for information.)

Elective modules

Elective modules are usually not specifically related to the programme's curriculum. There is no guarantee of being accepted onto an elective module; they are core and/ or optional on other programme diets, so students on those programmes will be given priority. As with optional modules, some electives have prerequisites that must be met.

Deciding which modules to select

The programme information pages show which modules form part of each programme, with links to detailed module syllabus information and reading lists. You may be able to virtually audit lectures for some modules to get a sense of how the module is delivered. You can look up the timetable for each module via the common timetable to get a sense of the timetable that would eventuate from your module choices, which is an important consideration when making your final choices; you should aim to achieve a timetable that is feasible and will not stretch you too thinly.

Bear in mind that places on optional and elective modules are not guaranteed, so you might not always be able to take all your first choices. In that case, it is a good idea to have a second preference in mind.

If you need guidance with choosing which modules to select then please contact your Programme Director or the Departmental Tutor.

Students must have one of the following:

  1. A bachelors degree with a 2:1 (hons) in Engineering, Social Sciences or a related subject.
  2. Five years’ experience of working in international development, design or assistive technology development.

Students entering via route 2 will be required to attend an interview before being offered a place.

For students without an engineering background, successful completion of an online preparatory course is compulsory. This will be delivered over the summer and will fully prepare students for the technical components for the course.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

2019/20 Tuition Fees

UK/EU Fees (FT):

£12750 for 2019/20

UK/EU Fees (PT):

N/A for 2019/20

Overseas Fees (FT):

£28410 for 2019/20

Overseas Fees (PT):

N/A for 2019/20

Funding Opportunities

Snowdon Trust scholarships are available to disabled students with a passion for learning Click here to apply for the scholarship.

On Graduation you will be equipped to move into jobs in international development, create start-ups or work within larger corporations in the field of computing, accessibility and assistive technologies. You will understand how technology can be harnessed to improve the lives of the worlds 1 billion disabled people.

GDI Hub Manager

Aeesha Adams

Office: GDI Hub @ UCL Here East, 8-9 East Bay Lane, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, E15 2GW

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3108 9916


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To apply now click here.

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Deadline 14th June 2019.