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Health Informatics MSc

Today's society faces the challenge of providing high-quality, patient-centred, sustainable and affordable healthcare, in an environment of increased demand and scarce resources. The Health Informatics MSc at UCL aims to form future leaders who will address this challenge, transforming healthcare delivery through the use of information and communication technologies.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: up to 5 years
Mixed mode learning: available

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£9,560 (FT)
£24,140 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 1 September 2017

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

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

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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Degree information

Our graduates are professionals able to effectively engage with clinicians, managers, patients and policymakers, with the necessary skills and tools to harness healthcare information for improving clinical practice and service delivery. They possess the knowledge about healthcare problems, the concepts used to analyse them and the principles that govern the successful engineering, application and evaluation of solutions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), seven optional modules (105 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

Optional modules

  • Research Methods in Healthcare
  • Information Systems in Healthcare
  • Shared Care and Electronic Health Records
  • Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
  • 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
  • Principles of Health Data Science*
  • Data Methods for Health Research*
  • Machine Learning in Healthcare & Biomedicine*

*Full-time MSc students have option to share Data Science for Research in Health & Biomedicine modules


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.

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 information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Health Informatics MSc


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

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

  • Cancer Partners UK, IT Director
  • CM Chemicals, Product Specialist
  • NHS, Data Manager

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Infomation Analyst, NHS Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Senior Clinical Analyst, Harris Corporation
  • Deputy Information Manager, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Project Manager, Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
  • Implementation Consultant / Projec Manager, Stalis

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The MSc in Health Informatics at UCL is taught by a team of specialists within the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, and understanding how information technologies can be harnessed for improving the delivery of care is central to their academic mission. UCL is at the centre of a vast network of clinical collaborators and houses probably the largest concentration of health informatics expertise in the UK.

The institute conducts world-leading research and our teaching, which is research based, focuses on areas such as electronic healthcare records, decision support systems, consumer health informatics, and clinical and applied bioinformatics.

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
Interdisciplinary programme: see contributing departments

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

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"UCL has a strong identity. The tradition of radical thinking is valued, and people who work here don't just pay lip service to those ideals: they expect and want the freedom to develop and express their ideas and give others the space to do the same. My interests are in the computer systems that clinicians use to make decisions. My current research focuses on the computer analysis of medical images, working with a team using chest X-rays to screen vulnerable groups for tuberculosis."

Paul Taylor

Health Informatics MSc and Data Science for Research in Health and Biomedicine MSc
UCL Centre for Health Informatics & Multi-professional Education
Student view

"Health informatics is a new and exciting discipline. I am interested in using data to solve problems and develop better clinical and healthcare management systems. I am inspired by the way innovation in technology can improve health care. Meeting leaders in healthcare at UCL who are at the forefront of quality improvement has motivated me to undertake higher speciality training as a physician and pursue clinical/academic research."

Dexter Penn

Health Informatics MSc

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
1 September 2017

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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