Study Health Informatics at UCL

Led by specialists at the UCL Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education - CHIME, the UCL programme is one of the most respected in its field, offering:

  • a unique combination of personal learning, theoretical challenge and practical application;
  • a blended approach which combines face-to-face contact and distance learning, harnessing the advantages of both;
  • flexible study allowing students to complete the programme full-time in one year, or part-time over up to five years;
  • engagement with leading thinkers in the field;
  • the opportunity to study at one of the world's leading universities;
  • participation in a thriving network of academics, clinicians and informatics professionals


Who studies Health Informatics at UCL?

Health Informatics is a subject of growing importance, with exciting career development prospects for clinicians, managers, administrators and technologists, as the NHS Careers in Health Informatics website demonstrates.

The UCL programme is designed around a range of learning pathways to meet the needs of students from various backgrounds and with various learning objectives. These might include:

  • hospital doctors, nurses and other clinical health care professionals;
  • primary and secondary care ICT professionals;
  • general practitioners;
  • pharmacists;
  • community-based health and social care professionals;
  • healthcare managers;
  • directors of nursing;
  • directors of foundation trusts, care trusts, mental health trusts and ambulance trusts;
  • hospital clinic managers;
  • medical directors;
  • service improvement managers;
  • healthcare librarians;

Some of our former students have written Alumni Profiles describing their experiences and what they gained from studying Health Informatics at UCL.

A Choice of Learning Pathways

The UCL Health Informatics Programme is part-time and modular. Each taught module takes place over an 8-week period and combines supported web-based learning with a block of three consecutive days' attendance.

The Programme is usually completed in two to five years, leading to the award of an MSc, a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate. We now also accept applications from individuals whose circumstances allow them to spend more studying and who wish to complete a full-time qualification, including the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc, in a single academic year.

Students for whom committing to a full programme is not possible can take one or two taught modules as Continuing Education in the first instance, submit assessments to receive UCL credits, and then apply for admission to the full Graduate Programme and carry forward those credits.

Programme components:
Postgraduate Certificate:
Postgraduate Diploma:
Individual taught modules for continuing education and development with the option of joining the programme later


A Wide Variety of Modules

We understand that our students come from a variety of different professional backgrounds, and that each wants something different out of the academic experience.

Accordingly, all students enrolled on the health informatics programme can pick from the full range of CHIME taught modules to build a personal study pathway that meets their individual learning needs. This allows students to blend gaining formal credit in areas where they have experience and feel confident with broadening their outlook to learn about new areas of the field.

Subject to organisational constraints, students may also choose from modules taught elsewhere in UCL.

For students working towards the MSc degree, the MSc Dissertation runs as a long-term module supplementing academic supervision of the student's project with regular support sessions.


Resources for Students of Health Informatics at UCL

Students on all pathways through the Graduate Programme have access to a phenomenal range of intellectual, practical and support resources.

UCL - London's Global University

UCL - University College London - is the oldest and largest of the institutions that make up the University of London and has one of the highest ratings in the country for both teaching and research. Students benefit from all the facilities of a modern, internationally renowned university including three medical libraries, a careers service, sporting facilities, a theatre, and a lively students' union.

CHIME students have access to the facilities and activities of the UCL Graduate School.

Entry requirements

The programme is academically rigorous and most students have at least an upper second-class honours degree. Applicants with other qualifications may be accepted if they can demonstrate suitable professional experience.

How do I apply?

The programme starts in September. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and early application is encouraged. Applications are made through UCL Admissions. For more information visit

Fees and studentships

Studentships may be available for UK and EU applicants to assist with the payment of fees. Please contact us for further information

The fees for 2016/17 are listed below:

Award UK/EU Overseas
MSc in Health Informatics £9,020 £23,020
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics £6,045 £15,590
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Informatics £3,075 £7,640

Source: Fee Schedule for Postgraduate Taught Programmes 2016-17

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For further information, please contact:

The Programme Administrator
CHIME, University College London
The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, London
222 Euston Road
United Kingdom


Tel: +44 (0)20 3549 5299

Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 8002

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"After graduating from UCL I had the great fortune to be accepted onto CDC’s Public Health Informatics Fellowship. It has been a steep learning curve but is incredibly rewarding. I graduated in 2013, received a 3rd year extension, and have recently secured another 3 years in the role.
I know I would not have been selected for the fellowship without an MSc in Health Informatics, which I would not have completed without your support -  so Thank You."

Keith Waters - MSc Health Informatics 2010

"CHIME’s Health Informatics programme was quite flexible and ideal for people with full-time jobs. The modular nature of the programme enabled me to stop and start the course because of my work commitments."

Dr Bernard Fernando, MSc Health Informatics 2003, General Practioner

“To find out so much about a discipline that is still in its infancy and developing very rapidly, and to have the opportunity to get involved with it, and shape its development is thrilling.“

Dr Chris Martin - MSc Health Informatics, General Practitioner

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