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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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

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

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Notification
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£16,000 (FT)
£8,000 (PT)
Overseas:
£28,500 (FT)
£14,250 (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. 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

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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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 or eight 15-credit modules.

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)
  • Real Estate 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.

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.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the Programme Administrator, Ms Zoe Lau, by e-mailing zoe.lau@ucl.ac.uk or telephoning  +44 20 7679 9835.

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 accessable.co.uk. 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 our 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 the largest sector of the global economy, replacing agriculture for the first time in history. The role of healthcare premises is more significant than ever. This programme offers a rare opportunity to be involved in that massive sector and have expertise in one of its most critical components: the built environment. 

This programme 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 School of Sustainable Construction

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.

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

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: 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 buildings. 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

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

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.

Could you please describe why you want to study the MSc in Healthcare Facilities? How has your experience so far and values made you interested in healthcare environments? What do you consider to be your key strengths? How do you hope your studies will help your future individual and career development? 

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