Health and Medical Sciences MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate

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.

Mode of study

  • Flexible 2-5 years
  • Distance learning

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?

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.

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:


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 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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

There are two entry dates each academic year: 12 September 2014 and January 2015. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

Next steps


Ms Espy Rodrigues

T: +44 (0)20 3549 5300


Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

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