Health Informatics MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate

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.

Mode of study

  • Part-time 2 years
  • Flexible 2-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Application date

  • All applicants: 15 September 2014

More details in Application section.

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.

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.

Core Modules

  • Principles of Health Informatics


  • Research Methods in Healthcare
  • Information Systems in Healthcare
  • Shared Care and Electronic Health Records
  • Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
  • eLearning in Healthcare
  • Clinical Knowledge and Decision Making
  • eHealth: Patients and the Internet
  • Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
  • Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice
  • Using Information in Healthcare Management


All MSc students undertake an independent research project, normally based at their place of work, which culminates in a piece of work writeen in the style of a journal article and a short project report.

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:


Studentships may be available for UK and EU applicants to assist with the payment of fees.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2014. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


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

Next steps


Ms Espy Rodrigues

T: +44 (0)20 3549 5300


Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

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