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Healthcare Facilities MSc

The aim of the MSc is to generate an integrated perspective of all those components that constitute systemic, sustainable, and successful healthcare facilities. These components 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; a holistic perspective on Healthcare Facilities as a social provision.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

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

Modules for this programme are taught in week-long blocks: each module requires one week attendance on campus.

Application dates

Full-time
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Flexible/Modular
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£14,320 (FT)
Overseas:
£26,890 (FT)


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 expertise on how the architectural, engineering, technological, economic, social and policy dimensions come together in successful healthcare facility planning, design, delivery and management. 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 facilities 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 widely applicable modules (60 credits) and four specialist healthcare related modules (60 credits), plus a dissertation (60 credits).

For a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip), students undertake four 15-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation.

For a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), students undertake four 15-credit modules.Three modules are particular to healthcare and one is more broadly real estate.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Healthcare Facilities. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Healthcare Facilities. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Healthcare Facilities.

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

Four of the 15-credit modules focus on health systems and services. The other four 15-credit are designed to provide a complementary set of fundamentals needed by all forms of real estate.

  • Development and Capital Projects (15 credits)
  • Building Solutions and Systems (15 credits)
  • Modern Economics and Finance for Real Estate (15 credits)
  • Forms of Value for Real Estate (15 credits)
  • Health Systems, Services and Technologies (15 credits)
  • Health Services: Primary Care (15 credits)
  • Health Services: Hospitals and Complex Facilities (15 credits)
  • Health Services: Long-term Care (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (Healthcare Facilities) (60 credits)

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/report

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, supported through readings and class exercises in the taught modules. The assignments are mostly individual essays and potentially combined with group work and individual presentations. The dissertation is an independent piece of research supported by tutorials.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the Operations Manager, Mr Peter Humphries, by e-mailing peter.humphries@ucl.ac.uk or telephoning +44 20 3108 8161.

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

Accessibility

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

Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Any additional funding available from the Bartlett Real Estate Institute and the Built Environment Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.

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

Careers

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

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 technological advancements.

Therefore it is expected that participants would have opportunities for career development at all levels within the healthcare and built environment sectors.

Employability

The faculty has an existing track record of its graduates being employed in the specialism of their MSc programmes. The Healthcare Facilities MSc is expected to develop decision-making skills, research skills and analytical techniques appropriate for the field. The programme has very close links with the UK National Health Service and significant Healthcare Trusts across the country, major healthcare planning companies, architectural and construction firms and providers that operate in the health and care sectors in the UK and internationally. This is reflected in the delivery of the programme as experts from industry are involved.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Our Healthcare Facilities MSc is the only multidisciplinary programme of its type available in the UK and abroad. Health is one of the largest sectors of the global economy and it is expected to be the largest sector soon, replacing agriculture for the first time in history. This programme offers a rare opportunity to be involved in that massive sector and have expertise in one of its most critical components: built environment and real estate. 

This prrogramme 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 of healthcare facilities. You will have the opportunity to build a unique network as you learn amongst your international peers and tutors in UCL, London’s Global University. 

This programme combines generally applicable modules on buildings and real estate with modules specifically focused on the area of healthcare provision. The result is a unique programme that is multidisciplinary in its professional relevance, covering many stages of decision making and stakeholder relevance for healthcare facilities.

Department: Bartlett Real Estate Institute

Application and next steps

Applications

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 £80 for online applications and £105 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 familiar 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

Full-time
11 August 2020
Flexible/Modular
11 August 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

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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