Health Informatics MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

Health informatics is the intelligent use of information and technology to provide better care, from big data to designing software used by clinicians, or apps used by patients. The vision of UCL Institute of Health Informatics is to conduct high-quality research that leverages health informatics approaches at local, national and international levels.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
3 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
October 2024
February 2025
May 2025
Applications accepted
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Prospective students should apply at least four months before their intended start date. If you require a visa we recommend allowing for more time.

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. A relevant Master’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution is desirable.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

We offer a range of research areas related to health data, information and technology. Research activities are diverse and reflect the challenges within heath informatics. Our research programmes are underpinned by excellent secure data infrastructure; adding value to key linked data resources to make data research-ready; development of multidisciplinary methodological expertise; engagement with patients, the public and health services; and strong local, national and international academic partnerships and excellent multidisciplinary training programmes.

Who this course is for

This programme provides a training for those looking for a career in health informatics or health data science research, either in academia or in industry. It is offer full time or part time, the latter option being suitable for those continue in employment while gaining a research qualification.

What this course will give you

As a PhD student at the Institute, you will be supported to learn new skills and broaden your professional networks in this fast growing area of health. You will benefit from our world-class research environment and be supported by multidisciplinary supervisory teams. You will also have access to a sophisticated digital infrastructure and exposure to several key large, longitudinal cohort and panel studies, which are lead by the institute.

You will attend specialised courses as appropriate and participate in research seminars. There is an active PhD group who organise a variety of events, including presentations, writing workshops and social events.

The foundation of your career

The Institute offers world-class education and training. It has access to some of the UK's largest and most comprehensive health data sets. 

The Institute produces graduates with the skills and knowledge sought after by government departments and public sector organisations worldwide, as well as leading academic institutions.


Students graduating in the last three years have secured employment in local and central government, NHS Trusts and hospitals, clinical trial units and health roles in the public and private sector, as well as research posts at UCL and other higher education institutions.


The Institute's research departments collaborate with third-sector and governmental organisations, as well as members of the media, both nationally and internationally to ensure the highest possible impact of their work beyond the academic community. Students are encouraged to do internships with relevant organisations where funding permits. Members of staff also collaborate closely with academics from leading institutions globally.

Teaching and learning

Students undertake a substantial piece of independent research under the supervision of two UCL academics. They will have regular meetings with their supervisors who will help them devise and implement a personal development plan, which will include attendance at training events and taught courses offered by the UCL Doctoral School, the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Institute of Health Informatics.

Students will make formal presentations to a thesis committee on at least five occasions during the PhD. In addition, they will deliver a research seminar, submit a report and have viva as part of the upgrade process. The final PhD exam will involve the submission of a completed doctoral thesis and a viva.

Contact hours and hours of self-study are agreed between the student and the supervisor at the beginning of their research degree and should be reviewed on a regular basis. Full-time postgraduate research students are expected to work a minimum of 36.5 hours per week on their project. With agreement of their supervisors, contact time can be on-site or remote working depending upon the nature and stage of the project. PGR students can have the opportunity to access UCL facilities ‘out of hours’ including weekends and holidays during their period of registration. Students will have research meetings with their supervisors at least once per month. Full-time Research students can take 27 days of annual leave, plus eight days of Bank holidays and six UCL closure days.

Research areas and structure

Research environment

You carry out a piece of original research in consultation with your supervisors. You meet with your supervisors regularly and are otherwise encouraged to be involved in the daily life of research groups and the Institute. You attend and present at a variety of internal meetings. You have access to a range of supplementary taught courses, both on topic specific subjects and of a generic nature. You also have access to a range of library and IT resources. You are strongly encouraged and supported to present at national and international conferences relevant to your work. You are likewise encouraged and supported to submit your work for publication.

You normally study for three years full-time. You undertake a procedure to upgrade to the PhD partway through your studies. Specific details of activities depend on the specific research project.

You normally study for five years part-time. You undertake a procedure to upgrade to the PhD partway through your studies. Specific details of activities depend on the specific research project.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £6,035 £3,015
Tuition fees (2024/25) £31,100 £15,550

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

HDRUK, ESRC, MRC, NIHR, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation and industry studentships have been secured in prior years.

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

Next steps

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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