UCL Graduate degrees


Health Informatics MPhil/PhD

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
£25,730 (FT)
£12,840 (PT)

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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

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

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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. International Preparation Courses

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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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.

Research areas

  • Public health informatics
  • Phenomics
  • Genomics
  • Translational data science
  • AI enabled healthcare
  • More information can be found on the department website: Health Informatics MPhil/PhD 

More information can be found on the department website: Health Informatics MPhil/PhD

About this degree

Additional costs

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


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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

Prospective research students should contact the Institute Graduate Tutor (Research) to enquire about further funded opportunities.

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

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


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 offers world-class education and training. It has access to some of the UK's largest and most comprehensive health data sets.  It carries out innovative work on phenomics (the definition of diseases and health states), on genomics, on public health informatics, translational data science and the application of AI to healthcare.

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

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

Department: Institute of Health Informatics

What our students and staff say

Student review

"I have an opportunity to do a professional internship, as there was a possibility to apply for the BBSRC LIDo programme. Networking opportunities are a key part of my programme.The structure of the programme makes it easy to build a network of people that I could potentially collaborate with in the future. I like the size of UCL and the fact regardless of its size students are treated as individuals. Doing a PhD at UCL is both easy and pleasant."

Suvi Harmala

Health Informatics PhD

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 July 2021

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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