UCL Graduate degrees


Healthcare Facilities MSc

The aim of the MSc in Healthcare Facilities is to generate an integrated perspective of all those components that constitute systemic, sustainable, and successful healthcare facilities. These components will also include: a strong emphasis on the value of real estate and place-making; an understanding of all elements necessary to enable significant environments for healthcare; an holistic perspective on Healthcare Facilities as a social provision.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week. Flexible students normally attend half this amount.

Application dates

Open: 15 October 2018
Close: 26 July 2019
Close: 30 August 2019

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £13,340 (FT) £6,630 (PT)
Overseas: £25,150 (FT) £12,510 (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. 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, Hackney Wick (Here East)

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a 2:1 Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. As the programme is designed to enhance the knowledge base of practitioners in healthcare it is desirable for candidates to have some knowledge, demonstrable competence, and a skill set related to healthcare practice, policy, A second acceptable qualification is a second-class Bachelor's degree or lower, with substantial knowledge, demonstrable competence, and a skill set related to management, policy, investment, or design practice in healthcare investment, design, or management, in addition to their academic qualification.

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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About this degree

You will gain valuable insight and expertise on how the architectural, engineering, technological, economic, social and policy dimensions come together in successful healthcare facility planning, design, delivery and management.

You will develop multidisciplinary skillsets, critical thinking and a deeper understanding of how the healthcare environment is planned, designed, and managed. The MSc will prepare you for an important and rewarding career in the sectors related to healthcare facilities, such as healthcare planning, architecture, construction, or in the capital / estates and facilties departments of healthcare services.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits: 120 taught credits and 60 dissertation credits.

The programme consists of four more widely applicable core modules (60 credits), four specialist healthcare related modules (60 credits), and a research problem centred dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, eight compulsory modules (120 credits), full-time nine months or flexible study up to five years, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four compulsory healthcare modules (60 credits), full-time nine months or flexible study over a period of up to two years, is offered.

Compulsory modules

The eight compulsory modules for this MSc are designed to provide a complementary set of fundamental areas needed by all forms of real estate, including healthcare.

  • Development and Capital Projects
  • Building Solutions and Systems
  • Modern Economics and Finance for Real Estate
  • Forms of Value for Real Estate
  • Health Systems, Services and Technologies
  • Health Services: Primary Care
  • Health Services: Hospitals and Complex Facilities
  • Health Services: Long-term Care


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words (60 credits)

Teaching and learning

The programme is seminar based with an emphasis on case and problem based learning. This is supported through readings and class exercises in the taught modules. The block teaching approach will include group work and presentations for each module. The assignments are individual essays and potentially combined with group work. The dissertation is an independent piece of research that will be supported by tutorials.

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.


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


This new programme is designed to enhance your current and future career opportunities in the globally important and growing area of healthcare facilities.

As with all of the professionally based, practical disciplines, The Bartlett's MSc programmes have a proven track record in providing competitive advantage in the marketplace for their participants.

The international healthcare market continues to expand with a clear focus on patient experience as well as unprecedented demand due to change in demographics and technolgical advancements.

Therefore it is expected that participants would have opportunities for career development at all levels within the healthcare sector.


The faculty has an exisiting track record of its graduates being in employment from their specialist MSc programmes. The MSc is expected to develop decision making skills, research skills and analytical techniques appropriate for healthcare facilities.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The MSc in Healthcare Facilities is the only multidisciplinary programme of its type available in the UK.

This MSc will provide you with the opportunity to visit healthcare facilities, learn from experts, and interact alongside other experienced students to gain insights into the planning, designing, delivery and managing healthcare facilities.

You will build a unique network as you learn amongst your international peers in London’s Global University. 

The MSc combines both more generally applicable modules on buildings and real estate with those modules specifically focussed on the area of healthcare provision.

The result is a unique programme that is multidisciplinary in terms of both applicant appeal and professional relevance, covering many stages of decision-making, and stakeholder relevance for healthcare facilities.

Department: Bartlett Real Estate Institute

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is targeted at and should appeal to you if you have some relevant experience of healthcare provision involving the built environment, or are familar with the built environment and seek to better understand the issues in healthcare facilities.

You may have prior familiarity and knowledge in a variety of backgrounds associated with either healthcare or the built environment, and from any part of the world. This would include experienced built environment professionals such as designers, engineers and project managers, as well as healthcare policy-makers, finance and funding professionals, clinicians and facility and operational managers.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019
30 August 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Healthcare Facilities at graduate level
  • why you want to study Healthcare Facilities at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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