Mrs Espy Rodrigues
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Fees and funding
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Studentships may be available for UK and EU applicants to assist with the payment of fees.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Health Informatics MSc
The Health Informatics MSc at UCL provides students with an education in the theory and practice of health informatics. Students develop a body of knowledge about the problems of healthcare, the concepts used in analysing them and the principles that govern the successful engineering, application and evaluation of solutions.
What will I learn?
Graduates of the programme should be competent to play a number of roles in the scientific practice of medicine in a technologically advanced and information-rich society. They should be able to use sophisticated information technology and information management techniques to improve the quality of care provided by the health service.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL, together with its associated NHS Trusts, hosts probably the greatest concentration of health informatics expertise in the United Kingdom. The UCL Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME) brings together academic staff from a diverse range of academic, clinical and professional backgrounds. It houses world-leading research groups in areas such as electronic healthcare records, decision support systems and clinical and applied bioinformatics.
The Health Informatics MSc offers a unique combination of personal learning, theoretical challenge and practical application, engagement with leading thinkers in the field and participation in a thriving network of academics, clinicians and informatics professionals.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Part-time 2 years (flexible 2-5 years)
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight optional modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, flexible study over a period of two years) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project, normally based at their place of work, which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is taught by 'blended learning', and therefore includes interactive online teaching and face-to-face lectures, seminars and workshops including substantial use of examples of real clinical systems. Assessment is through examination, critical evaluations, technical tasks, coursework and project reports, compulsory programming and database assignments, and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students who do not meet these requirements but have appropriate professional experience will also be considered. Students who have previously undertaken CPD may apply for accreditation of prior learning.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 13 September 2013. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and 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.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed to meet the needs of students from various backgrounds including: hospital doctors, nurses and other clinical health care professionals; primary and secondary care ICT professionals; community-based health and social care professionals; healthcare managers; directors of trusts; hospital clinic managers; medical directors; and healthcare librarians.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Health Informatics at graduate level
- why you want to study Health Informatics at UCL
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Health Informatics is a subject of growing importance, with exciting career development prospects for clinicians, managers, administrators and technologists.
Destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:
- Xanthis: Managing Director
- The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, London: Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology
- The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust: Business & Service Manager for Women's & Children's Division
- Primary Care, East and North Herts Primary Care Trust: Project Manager
- Cerner UK: Health Informatics Learning Consultant
- St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust: Formulary
- Cancer Partners UK: IT Director
- CM Chemicals: Product Specialist
- NHS: Data Manager
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: