UCL Institute of Health Informatics


Health Informatics

The Health Informatics programme has been designed to equip our students for leadership roles delivering change in healthcare.

Health informatics is the study of how information and information technology can transform the organisation and delivery of healthcare. This joint programme with the University of Manchester has been designed to develop a health informatics workforce, in the UK and internationally, able to address today’s challenges and prepare for tomorrow’s.

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    Course Highlights

    • Design and implement digital systems for healthcare
    • Learn about healthcare policy and strategy
    • Get prepared to lead the digital transformation of healthcare

    To find out more information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the UCL prospectus webpage. To hear from our current and former students, visit the study page.

    Applications for 2022/23 will remain open from 18th October 2021 to 31st March 2022.

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    About the course

    You will learn about healthcare policy and strategy as it relates to informatics and about the design and implementation of the wide variety of digital systems used in delivering healthcare today. You will be able to tackle the technical details behind different approaches to engineering and implementing these systems as well as understanding how to engender change. You will also acquire skills in analysing and presenting data.

    Why study with us?

    • The programme is delivered through a collaboration between UCL and the University of Manchester, the two largest teams in this field in the UK.
    • The programme is supported by the NHS graduate management training scheme and a wide range of other employers. You will join a cohort with a diverse mix of educational and technical backgrounds, and this shared experience is one of the strengths of the programme.
    • The programme is delivered through a mix of face to face teaching and online learning, designed to fit into your working life. Assignments are often relevant to students' working lives and many students complete a dissertation in their place of work


    You will be prepared for technical and management roles leading the digital transformation of healthcare. Graduates of the programme have gone on to leadership roles in the NHS and other healthcare organisations here and overseas. Some of our graduates have moved into roles in industry in pharmaceutical companies or consulting organisations. Others have gone on to further study, taking on PhDs or fellowships while others have launched their own businesses.

    Course Content

    Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

    Compulsory modules

    Optional modules


    All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report in the form of a journal article of up to 6,000 words (60 credits).

    Examples of past projects:

    • The National Early Warning Score 2 as a Predictive Tool for Adverse Events in Cardiac Postoperative Patients
    • An Evaluation of Electronic Clinical Infection Disease (elCID) Open Source Software Implemented in an NHS Hospital
    • Reviewing Mental Health App Reviews: An Unsupervised Machine Learning Exploratory Study

    What degrees are available?

    • MSc: 8 modules = 5 compulsory modules (4 + Dissertation) + 4 optional modules.
    • PGDip: 8 modules = 4 compulsory modules + 4 optional modules.
    • PGCert: 4 compulsory modules.

    How is the programme delivered?

    The programme is delivered via blended learning. As such, you will be required to attend three days of face-to-face classes per module. The rest of the module will be taught online on the Virtual Learning Environment. Please note some modules are taught through UCL and some through the University of Manchester (UoM).

    How is the programme structured? 

    MSc Programme Structure
    Full-time Y1Part-time Y1PT Y2Modular Flexible (up to 5 years) Y1MF Y2MF Y3
    8 Modules + DISS5 or 6 Modules2 or 3 optional modules + DISS   
    EIHS (C)EIHS (C)+ 2/3 optional modulesEIHS (C)+ 4 optional modulesDISS (C)
    PHDA (C)PHDA (C) PHDA (C)  
    SI (C)SI (C) SI (C)  
    + 4 optional modules+ 1 or 2 optional modules    
    DISS (C)     
    C= Compulsory
    PG Dip
    Full-time Y1Part-time Y1PT Y2Modular Flexible (up to 5 years) Y1MF Y2MF Y3
    8 Modules5 or 6 Modules2 or 3 optional modules   
    EIHS (C)EIHS (C)+ 2/3 optional modulesEIHS (C)+ 4 optional modules 
    HIST (C)HIST (C) HIST (C)  
    PHDA (C)PHDA (C) PHDA (C)  
    SI (C)SI (C) SI (C)  
    + 4 optional modules+ 1 or 2 optional modules    
     OR: OR:  
     EIHS (C)+ 4 optional modulesEIHS (C)SI (C)+ 2 optional modules
     HIST (C) HIST (C)+ 2 optional modules 
     PHDA (C) PHDA (C)  
     SI (C)    
    C= Compulsory
    PG Cert
    Full-time Y1Part-time Y1PT Y2Modular Flexible (up to 5 years) Y1MF Y2MF Y3
    4 C Modules4 C Modules 4 C Modules  
    EIHS (C)EIHS (C) EIHS (C)  
    HIST (C)HIST (C) HIST (C)  
    PHDA (C)PHDA (C) PHDA (C)  
    SI (C)SI (C) SI (C)  
     OR: OR:  
     HIST (C)SI (C)HIST (C)SI (C) 
    C= Compulsory