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Design for Healthcare & Assistive Technologies

University of Dundee
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Design for Healthcare & Assistive Technologies

Develop your knowledge and understanding of biomedical engineering principles, human anatomy and medical instruments to help you design and develop assistive technology that will help improve the lives of people living with disabilities.

From screen readers and communication systems to prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and stair lifts, assistive technologies cover any item, product, software program or piece of equipment that can

Working closely with people who have a variety of different needs, you will gain a first-hand understanding of how different disabilities impact their lives and work to develop systems and software that could help make these challenges easier.

You will also spend time working with Ninewells teaching hospital, special schools, disability organisations and industry to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirement is an honours degree or equivalent qualification in a discipline that provides a suitable basis for the course (e.g. computing, mechanical, biomedical, electrical or electronic engineering, physics or mathematics) or design graduates whose first degree contained an acceptable science or engineering element. Students with other academic backgrounds should contact the program director to make further enquiries and to discuss their individual cases.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level 5

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Research Frontiers
  • Introduction to Medical Sciences: Anatomy
  • Biomechanical Systems
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Biomedical Engineering Project

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • Technology Innovation Management
  • User Experience
  • Biomedical Engineering Project (Diploma)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


You will learn to design and develop prototypes for user interfaces, interaction and experiences through practical tasks and be taught how to create a critical evaluation of research literature.

Career opportunities

Graduates can go on to work in many areas including:

  • Medical technology and assistive technology industries
  • Academic institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Care organisations
  • Government departments
  • Engineering
  • Research

Covering many different roles including:

  • Engineer
  • Assistive technologist
  • Professor
  • Research scientist
  • Clinical scientist
  • Teacher
  • Manager
  • Salesperson

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