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Health and Medical Sciences MSc

This unique, highly flexible interdisciplinary programme allows healthcare professionals to study a set of modules tailored to their specific needs. Participants at all career stages may study areas that complement and extend their existing knowledge to support their particular ongoing career goals so enabling them to gain the maximum added value from their studies.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Part time: 2-3 years
Flexible: 2-5 years

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 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.

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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Degree information

Led by specialists, this broad, adaptable programme aims to provide personalised professional education which equips participants with the knowledge and skills needed for effective working in contemporary and future healthcare. It provides access to a broad range of modules which reflect the breadth of UCL and span all aspects of clinical practice, professional development, research, service improvement and healthcare delivery.

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 comprising of one core module (15 credits) and seven optional modules (105 credits), flexible 2-5 years is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprised of one core module (15 credits) and three optional modules (45 credits), flexible 1-2 years is offered.

Core modules

  • Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice
  • Research Methods in Healthcare or a suitable alternative

Optional modules

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 taught by full distance learnnig.  Other 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. The amount and timing of campous attendance varies between modules - see module library for details. Assessment varies according to the modules selected.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Health and Medical Sciences 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.


The programme offers practitioners a focused education and training, which supports a worldwide interest in the NHS's commitment to incorporating elements of clinical governance/law/ethics, quality improvement, health informatics, leadership and change management, and educational supervision into continuing professional development curricula for both clinicians and managers. This is a new programme but it has already enabled some participants to develop their career either by progressing on an existing career path or venturing into new arenas.


The programme allows participants to add value to their career by studying new areas which are relevant to their current or potential future employers. Participants are encouraged to obtain maximum value from their studies by, for example, using assignments to feed back to employers via workplace initiatives, the facilitation of in-house learning events, and by seeking wider opportunities to publicise their work professionally.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme focuses on the particular needs of the individual. Participants are supported in selecting modules from an ever-expanding 'library' to assemble their own curriculum reflecting their needs and interests and those of their employers.

Key features are:

  • access to a unique and expanding range of generic and specialist healthcare modules
  • intensive, ongoing use of the personal development process to support participants on a one-to-one basis in reviewing their evolving professional needs and tailoring their studies accordingly
  • extensive opportunities to network with fellow professionals, senior academics and experts from across UCL and beyond
  • the opportunity to schedule study in a way convenient to participants' circumstances

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.

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 particularly suitable for clinicians (doctors, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals) engaged in active clinical practice or professionals involved in the management, research or support of health service delivery. The flexible nature of the programme makes it ideal for continuing professional development and/or continuing medical education and for those seeking to expand their horizons.

Application deadlines

All applicants
1 September 2017

There are two entry dates each academic year in September and January. 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?

As this is a personalised programme when we consider you application we would like to learn as much about you as we can:

  • 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.

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