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Health Informatics MPhil/PhD

The Institute of Health Informatics is a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence exploring new challenges around health data, information and technology. We also represent the UCL component of the Farr Institute, London. Students are supported to learn new skills and broaden their professional networks.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£5,085 (FT) £2,620 (PT)
£22,850 (FT) £11,420 (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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. A relevant Master’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution is desirable.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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We offer a range of research areas related to health data, information and technology. Research activities are diverse and reflect the challenges within heath informatics, including the design of good information systems that will harness clinical knowledge and improve the delivery of health services and the use of new technology to support healthcare.

Research areas

  • Electronic health records and clinical knowledge management
  • Clinical decision support
  • e-health and m-health
  • New information and communication technologies for patients and clinicians
  • Big Data in health
  • Clinical and applied bioinformatics
  • Electronic health records and clinical knowledge management
  • Information law and governance, ethico-legal and security issues around the management of information
  • Informatics for the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases
  • Informatics for the epidemiology of coronary disease
More information can be found on the department website: Health Informatics MPhil/PhD


Farr Institute, ESRC, MRC, MRC/ESRC, NIHR, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, National School of Primary Care and British Heart Foundation studentships have been secured in prior years.

Prospective research students should contact academic departments and research groups to enquire about further funded opportunities.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Students graduating in the last three years have secured employment in local and central government, NHS Trusts and hospitals, clinical trial units and Public Health England (previously known as Health Protection Agency), as well as research posts at UCL and other Higher Education Institutes.


The institute offers world-class education and training. It manages many of the UK’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal data sets, and evaluates strategies for the prevention and treatment of physical and mental ill-health. It carries out innovative work on behaviour change, on the practice of primary care as well as leading applied health and health policy research.

The institute produces graduates with the skills and knowledge sought after by government departments and public sector organisations worldwide, as well as leading academic institutions.


The institute’s research departments collaborate with third sector and governmental organisations, as well as members of the media, both nationally and internationally to ensure the highest possible impact of their work beyond the academic community. Students are encouraged to do internships with relevant organisations where funding permits. Members of staff also collaborate closely with academics from leading institutions globally.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Health Informatics has highly rated expertise in the area. PhD students benefit from a unique and world-class research environment. Students are supported by multidisciplinary supervisory teams. They have access to a sophisticated digital infrastructure and we work with several key large, longitudinal cohort and panel studies.

Students attend specialised courses as appropriate and participate in research seminars. We will have an annual student-led conference celebrating PhD students' contributions.

Department: Institute of Health Informatics

Student / staff numbers › 19 staff including 11 postdocs › 102 taught students › 24 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Health Informatics
81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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