UCL Institute of Health Informatics



The Institute of Health Informatics is at the forefront of health informatics education, drawing on the department’s research expertise to provide education and training for a global audience.

Since 1999, we have welcomed over 200 overseas and UK postgraduate students from more than 22 countries. We offer a range of courses including Postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas, MSc, MRes, PhD programmes, plus short courses. Some students choose full-time study, while others combine work and study.

Our programmes are delivered with partners including the University of Manchester and the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, but also with employers including NHS Trusts, Public Health England, IQVIA, Astra Zeneca, GSK, Benevolent AI and Roche Pharmaceuticals. Our combination of academic excellence and teaching experience means we can offer exciting, challenging, and flexible programmes that take students on to roles in healthcare, industry, policy and academia.

CPD Modules

Single modules from the graduate programmes are available as continuing education and professional development. You can opt to be assessed, and academic credit earned can (subject to approval) be counted towards an academic qualification at a later date. If you are interested in joining any of our CPD modules please complete the application form and we will get back to you. For more information contact ihi.short-courses@ucl.ac.uk.

PhD Studentships and CDT Programme

The Institute offers a range of opportunities for PhD studentships, including a CDT in AI-enabled Healthcare, supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in AI-enabled Healthcare, combines UCL’s excellence both in AI and computational science, and in biomedical research. We offer a unique programme consisting of a 1-year MRes followed by a 3-year PhD.

For enquiries regarding the CDT programme, contact aihealthcdt@ucl.ac.uk.

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD with us please return the completed enquiry form to ihi.researchdegrees@ucl.ac.uk.

Postgraduate Taught Degrees

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Health Informatics MPhil / PhD

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Health Informatics

Learn about healthcare policy and strategy, and how to design and implement the digital systems used in delivering healthcare.

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Health Data Science

Learn the techniques that are transforming medical research and creating exciting new commercial opportunities.


Which course is right for me? 

Health Informatics

What qualification can I get?

Masters, diploma, certificate, single module.

Who joins the programme?

Mainly people working, often in the NHS, in IT or in clinical roles

How is it delivered?

Distance learning combined with short blocks of face to face teaching.

What kinds of challenges does the programme address?

How can digital technology improve the organisation and delivery of healthcare.

What practical skills do you learn?

Python programming, UML modelling, risk analysis methods.

Example of a project I could work on

Assessing the impact on primary care services of a digital intervention designed to relieve pressure on A&E services.

Health Data Science

What qualification can I get?

Masters, diploma, certificate, single module.

Who joins the programme?

Full time or part-time students with a first degree in a quantitative subject or medicine.

How is it delivered?

Face to face teaching on campus or remote studying in a distance mode.

What kinds of challenges does the programme address?

How can we use a wide variety of health data from different sources to improve our understanding of health problems.

What practical skills do you learn?

Python programming, relational databases, machine learning, advanced statistics.

Example of a project I could work on

Analysing large and complex datasets to identify differences in how patients respond to new drugs.

  To find out more

 Contact us at ihi.education@ucl.ac.uk.

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What are my career prospects?

Below are some examples of career pathways you could aim towards after your degree. However, career prospects between the three programmes may overlap and will depend on the student's module and dissertation choices.

Health Informatics students have gone on to have careers in IT management, NHS organisations, tech companies, policy organisations or consultancies.

Health Data Science students have gone on to have careers in health technology companies, pharmaceutical companies, or consulting organisations.


"My fellow students and I still meet up even now. It's fantastic to build a network of contacts working in data-driven health research all with fascinating jobs straight of the back of that MSc course".
Emma Colliver, Health Data Science

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"The best thing about being on the MSc programme in Health Informatics, was the relentless efforts made by UCL staff to support their students. As an international student, I particularly found the module tutors amazing when providing feedback and guidance. They will not hesitate to walk you through any challenging lessons." 
Bernard Nsha, Health Informatics


The Institute of Health Informatics invites all its former students to join the amazing community of over 200,000 former students in UCL living in 191 different countries worldwide.

Short Courses

In line with UCL's commitment to enabling Life Learning, IHI offers a variety of cutting edge short courses.

IHI Alumni in the industry

Daniel Fernández, Graduate Data Scientist in a biopharmaceutical company

"I had the opportunity to carry out my master's thesis at IQVIA, where I got contact with real-world data. This allowed me to see the labour market in a new light and also placed me in a strong position to join the Graduate Programme in Data Science & Artificial Intelligence at AstraZeneca."

Maria Xenou, Lead of Research and Evaluation in a digital healthcare company

"I've undertaken the Health Informatics MSc course at UCL while working. One of the things I've enjoyed was the flexibility of the "working" students and the diversity of the program. Participating in this program allowed me to connect with other professionals which opened up new career opportunities for me."