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Mrs Espy Rodrigues

Email: e.rodrigues@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7288 5966

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (Pro-rata)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (Pro-rata)

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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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

30% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Health and Medical Sciences MSc

Healthcare professionals can tailor this broad, adaptable interdisciplinary programme to their individual needs by selecting from a library of modules with specialist and generic themes. A Student Advisor supports students in selecting modules and in reviewing their personal development plan and career goals.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students learn and develop skills and knowledge essential to successful professional practice and in specialist areas of healthcare. The acquisition of advanced and up-to-date knowledge, skills to support evidence-based practice, and the ability to critically evaluate current research in students’ chosen field of study are implicit.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

Led by specialists, this innovative programme will equip students with the professional skills needed for effective working in modern healthcare settings. It allows you to assemble your own curriculum to reflect your individual needs and interests.

The programme offers the opportunity to study at a time and place convenient to your own circumstances making it feasible to combine study and full-time work.

It provides access to a broad range of modules spanning all aspects of clinical practice and healthcare delivery as well as extensive opportunities to interact with a range of senior academics and professional experts drawn from across UCL and beyond.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Flexible 2-5 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), six optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible 2-5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, flexible 1-2 years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Healthcare Quality and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Research Methods in Healthcare


  • Options can be chosen from each of these three categories:
  • Professional Development (e.g. leadership, clinical education, research skills, health informatics)
  • Clinical practice/patient care
  • Service Improvement


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

Some modules are delivered through blended learning, combining formal contact time with academic staff, research fellows and guest speakers and interactive online study using the virtual learning environment. Other modules are taught on campus through lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment is a mixture of written coursework, formal examination, oral presentation and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A medical degree (MBBS) or 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

There are two entry dates each academic year: 13 September 2013 and January 2014. 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 particularly suitable for clinicians (doctors, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals), and managers engaged in active clinical practice or in the management or support of health service delivery. The flexible nature of the programme makes it ideal for continuing professional development and/or continuing medical education.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Health and Medical Sciences at graduate level
  • why you want to study Health and Medical Sciences at UCL
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate the match between your reasons for applying to this programme and what the programme delivers.


The programme offers practitioners a focused education and training, which supports the NHS's commitment to incorporate elements of clinical governance, quality assurance, health informatics, change management, and student supervision into continuing professional development curricula for both clinicians and managers.

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