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.
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.
The architecture of a space as an enabler for AAL
Context-aware reasoning for intelligent environments
Software engineering of AAL systems
Adaptive AAL systems
Measuring effectiveness of AAL systems
Reliable AAL services
Ethics in AAL systems,
New areas of application for AAL systems (offices, shopping, leisure, education, etc.)
Partial studentships may be available for strong candidates. Please contact contact Juan Augusto for more details.
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.
Alongside your independent study, you will also have tutorial workshops in key areas designed to immerse you in the technical areas of AAL. This will include:
Introduction to AAL
Technological infrastructure in AAL
Software in AAL
Ethics in AAL
This degree is an entirely research-based masters programme. The majority of your time will be spent working on your research project in the library, laboratories or elsewhere, under the direction of your supervisors.
You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to review progress and plan future activities. You may also spend brief periods at partner sites, for example where your project involves collaboration with industry.
Full-time students are expected to attend for an average of 35 hours per week and part-time students for an average of 12 hours per week.
Assessment will be based on a final dissertation of approximately 30,000 words. Two independent examiners will be appointed who will read and evaluate the dissertation, following which you will be invited to make an oral defence of your work.
What are the entry requirements for the MSc by Research (Assisted Ambient Living)?
We look for applicants with a second class honours degree or higher in a science-based discipline
You must have a suitable research proposal.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Each application will be considered on its individual merits and suitably qualified candidates will be invited for interview. Successful applicants may enrol to begin their studies at the start of any of the three terms during the academic year.
How to apply
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
Please include 'MSc by Research in Ambient Assisted Living' in the application form and in your research proposal.
You can start your MSc by Research at three specific times of the year. These are September 15th, January 15th and May 15th. In order to start at a particular time you must apply by the previous entry point. For example, if you want to start October 15th, please apply by May 15th.
If your application is suitable, you will be invited for interview (in person or by Skype) within two and a half months of your date of application.
How to write a research proposal
As part of your application, you will need to provide a research proposal. In this, you identify the specific area of research within data science that interests you.
Your proposal should be three to four pages of A4 and should include the following:
a working title;
a general outline of your intended research area including a brief mention of work already carried out in the field;
the central research question(s) of your proposal;
a discussion of your proposed research methodologies such as empirical investigation, practical work, interviews, analysis;
an indication of the principal issues, problems, controversies, ethical issues, models and theories raised in your thesis;
a list of sources (or kinds of sources) which you intend to consult;
a brief bibliography.
Research proposals usually identify a gap in the literature, which you intend to fill. In your proposal, you should demonstrate that you have found an issue that needs to be investigated and the reasons why you feel it is important.
What sort of jobs are available to graduates of MSc by Research (Ambient Assisted Living)?
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.