Ambient Assisted Living MSc by Research

Course Introduction

Overview:

This postgraduate research degree provides the opportunity for students who wish to undertake an Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) research project on any one of a wide range of interdisciplinary disciplines, under the supervision of our team of experts.

Why study the MSc Ambient Assisted Living by Research at Middlesex University?

AAL is one of the major emerging technology markets of the moment, offering the potential to enable and empower citizens in their daily lives using state-of-the-art technologies. Known as 'assistive technologies' in some areas, AAL facilitates everyday activities for people who require care and support, augmenting their quality of life and assisting their independence.

This Master's of Science by Research in Ambient Assisted Living will allow students to understand how this technology works, how data is processed to inform individuals and how these systems can be integrated into society to improve life in general.

Thanks to advances in medicine and improved knowledge of the links between lifestyle and health, a large proportion of the world is living longer. Diseases like Alzheimer's naturally increase proportionally with life expectancy and this has huge implications for those affected, their family, the healthcare sector and society in general. Those using wheelchairs or with conditions such as Parkinson's, autism and Down's syndrome can also benefit from AAL, as these novel technologies can be used to support independence inside and outside the home, when travelling or at work ? stimulating socialisation and promoting more positive lifestyles.

One of the most compelling case for AAL is the use of smart homes to support independent living for people of older age, but many other applications exist or are in development. AAL systems provide Intelligent Environments which gather data from individuals through sensors (for example, in a smart phone). This data is then analysed to provide advice, reminders and information which provide support in various circumstances of the users' daily life.

Billions of euros have been invested in the technologies through the European Union's Framework Programmes since 2007, such as the three-year Poseidon project currently supported by Middlesex University. These projects are bringing a proliferation of new systems, requiring a combination of new equipment, software, interfaces, and services.

Course content:

What will you study on the MSc Ambient Assisted Living by Research?

This master's takes the form of independent research work under the supervision of a team of experts. The supervisory team will guide you on a continuous basis so that you become knowledgeable about the research methods to use while developing into an independent researcher.

Careers:

How can the MSc Ambient Assisted Living by Research support your career?

Graduates of this masters by research will be able to seek employment in new markets, working in a range of areas related to Ambient Assisted Living.

This could include roles developing AAL systems, designing and developing AAL products, working with AAL users, acting as a consultant to AAL companies or other organisations such as insurance companies. There are also numerous roles in health and social care institutions or with government organisations which require informed decisions when considering the procurement of technology from private providers. In addition to this, students may consider this postgraduate degree as an intermediate step towards a PhD in a related area and a career in academic research.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £4,700 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £13,500 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £4,700 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £2,350 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,500 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £2,350 European Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a second class honours degree 2:2 or above in a science-based discipline. Students must have a suitable research proposal. We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Students with relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be considered.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have a second class honours degree 2:2 or above in a science-based discipline. Students must have a suitable research proposal. We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Students with relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be considered. Students need to have: an IELTS score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components).