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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.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

Fees for part-time study are charged at approximately half the full-time Master's fee. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
12 September 2015
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

English language requirement: Standard

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.

International equivalencies

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

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Degree Information

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.

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


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


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

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website


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

Top career destinations for this degree

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Guidelines Commissioning Manager, 2014,
  • NHS England, Insight and Digital Intelligence Manager, 2014,
  • Care Quality Commission, Inspector, 2013,
  • World Health Organisation: Department of Health Statistics and Informatics (HSI), Social Media Strategist, 2011,
  • GSK, Clinical Data Analyst, 2012,

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 285 staff › 176 taught students › 146 research students

Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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