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A professional training course and academic award equipping students with essential knowledge and skills to enter a competitive jobs market. Read more
A professional training course and academic award equipping students with essential knowledge and skills to enter a competitive jobs market.

Course overview

This is an approved two-year postgraduate qualification that leads towards professional registration as a social worker.

To register as a social worker, you will need a qualification that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This Masters has been approved by the HCPC and endorsed by the College of Social Work so you can be sure that successful completion of the course will mean that you meet professional standards of proficiency.

Our course combines both practice and theory. We organise two main placements for you, the first of 70 days and the second of 100 days. There is in-depth preparation before the placements and you will be assigned a practice educator on placement who will provide on-going supervision as you work with people with a range of needs including those who are experiencing crisis or social exclusion.

We have an excellent partnership with employers across public/voluntary and private sectors to provide high quality placements – as endorsed by The College of Social Work.

Theory-based taught modules include ‘The Social Work Context’, ‘Theories and Models for Social Work Practice’ and ‘Critical Perspectives in Social Work Practice’. The Masters dissertation is an excellent opportunity to explore a specific issue in social work.
The University of Sunderland has been offering professional qualifications in social work since 1997 and we have built up strong relationships with employers, service users and carers. These relationships are an essential foundation for our rigorous training in how to make a difference to people’s lives through professional social work.

Practitioners provide a wide range of teaching input and support in both years of the programme, which enables students to gain a good understanding of how theory relates to practice.

Upon successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply to register with the HCPC as a newly qualified social worker.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with placements and research. You can negotiate the topic of the dissertation to fit your personal interests and our supervisory expertise.
-The Social Work Context
-Theories and Models for Social Work Practice
-Preparing for Practice
-Practice Placement 1
-Critical Perspectives in Social Work Practice
-Social Work Research and Dissertation
-Practice Placement 2

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars and workshops with a strong emphasis on individual participation and discussion. During the first semester you will develop a Practice Skills Portfolio that helps you to reflect and make the best use of supervision.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.
Assessment methods include assignments, written coursework, presentations and workbooks/portfolios.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments.

Course location
The course is based at the Priestman Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. Thanks to a major renovation programme, the Priestman Building provides state-of-the-art teaching space and resources as part of a vibrant and outward-looking learning environment. Some of your skills learning will take place in the communication skills labs which have full recording and playback facilities. We also have a ‘mock’ courtroom which offers the opportunity to develop skills in this setting.

University Library Services
We have thousands of books and e-books on social science topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Some of the most important sources for your course include:
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
-Project Muse, which provides over 180 full-text humanities and social sciences journals
-SocINDEX with full-text articles, which is probably the world's most comprehensive and highest-quality sociology research database
-Archival Sound Recordings with over 12,000 hours of recordings
-Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles

IT Provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in The David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Employment & careers

92.5% of our 2013/14 graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating (source: Destination of Higher Education Leavers Survey 2014).

The social work profession can be very emotionally rewarding since you will be in a position to make a difference to people’s lives, providing them with support and enabling them to lead the fullest lives possible.

The programme comes from a foundation of over 30 years established experience in social work education and training and has an excellent relationship with local employers.

Opportunities are available in the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors. During the course of your career it will be possible to move between sectors as well as to transfer from one specialism (such as working with children) to another (such as working with people with mental health issues). Promotion can lead to roles such as team leader, as well as very senior roles within the social services departments of local authorities.

Your Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Health Informatics at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Health Informatics at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

This programme in Health Informatics is designed for healthcare professionals and those who want to increase their knowledge and skills in health informatics. Accredited by the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP), the Health Informatics programme uses state-of-the-art technologies and has a strong focus on practical experience. The Health Informatics programme is strongly linked with National Health Service (NHS) organisations, other research institutes and industry within the Life Science sector in Wales, UK.

Key Features

A one year full-time taught masters programme in Health Informatics that has been running successfully since 2001 and has an international reputation.
This course is also available for three years part-time study with minimum attendance requirements.
Accredited by the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions Education Quality Assurance Scheme.
Uses state-of-the-art technologies and has a strong focus on practical experience.
Strongly linked with National Health Services organisations and industry within the Life Science sector in Wales, UK.
This course is based within the award winning Centres for Excellence for Administrative Data and eHealth Research of Swansea University, awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC), enhancing the quality of the course.

Modules on the Health Informatics programme typically include:

• Health Informatics in Context
• Communications and Coding
• Using Secondary Health Data
• Systems and Technologies
• Knowledge Management
• Understanding Health Informatics Research
• Dissertation

Who should study MSc Health Informatics?

This course is suitable for current informaticians, those working in the health and healthcare sector, and graduates preparing for a career in health informatics. Applicants from non-graduates with domain experience are welcome.

Career Prospects

Health Informatics remains one of the fastest growing areas within healthcare in the UK and US.

In the UK working as a professional health informatician, you could be introducing electronic health records for every person in the country or exploring patient data to identify trends in disease and treatment. If you love working with computers or have an analytical and inquisitive mind, then there is a job for you in health informatics.

Research Opportunities

In partnership with the National Health Service (NHS) Wales Informatics Service and Health Boards in Wales, this course in Health Informatics is able to offer NHS research opportunities within local NHS facilities and the NHS Wales Informatics Research Laboratories based at Swansea University.

Industry Links

In collaboration with the e-Health Industries Innovation Centre UK, this course in Health Informatics offers you a unique opportunity to work with the industries to develop your work-based project that will give you the competitive edge and enhance your future employability.

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The MRes Health and Social Care (MRes HSC) programme will equip students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge and skills in a range of theoretical underpinnings and research methods relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social care contexts. Read more
The MRes Health and Social Care (MRes HSC) programme will equip students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge and skills in a range of theoretical underpinnings and research methods relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social care contexts.

The MRes HSC is for students who wish to pursue a variety of careers in health and/or social care where research is a core component. The majority of modules within the programme are shared with other students undertaking MSc and MPhil/PhD study.
The course is delivered mainly online but is complemented by two compulsory four-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools, and one mid-semester study day in both semester 1 and 2.

Aims

The aims of the course are to:
-Enable students to further develop systematic, in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, purposes, methods and application of research relevant to health and social care practice at an individual and/or organisational level
-Contribute to building capacity and capability for research and evidence based practice by equipping students with in-depth knowledge and essential skills to critically appraise, apply, design and undertake high-quality research in a range of health and social care settings
-Enhance the quality and evidence base for health and social care research, practice and service development through the provision of robust research training in a stimulating, challenging and supportive learning environment that draws on outstanding resources and expertise in research and practice
-Promote lifelong learning in students, and enhance their opportunities to pursue a variety of research careers and/or further research training which support and advance clinical and health and social care knowledge, research and practice
-Equip students with key transferable skills in critical reasoning and reflection, effective communication, team and multi-disciplinary working, use of IT/health informatics and logical and systematic approaches to problem-solving and decision-making

Special features

The MRes HSC programme has a unique interdisciplinary focus drawing on the expertise of nationally and internationally renowned lecturers and practitioners from many different fields including nursing, midwifery, social work, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, audiology, psychology and medicine.

Managed primarily through the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, the programme is also delivered by and benefits from strong collaborations across the Faculty, NHS and Social Care including the School of Psychological Sciences (SPS), the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and the Institute of Population Health.

The delivery of the programme within the context of outstanding multi-professional research expertise, well established partnerships with the NHS and Social Care, excellent teaching and learning and high student support, means that students undertaking the programme can be assured of an excellent research education and training and an award of which they can be proud.

Teaching and learning

The programme is primarily delivered online to maximise access and increase flexibility. A variety of summative assessment methods are utilised which enable the integration of theory and practice and build on continuous formative assessment exercises which are part of each module with a variety of interactive, stimulating on-line exercises with regular self-assessment and feedback being a key feature.

Online components of the programme are complemented by opportunities for face-face learning and networking between students, programme and research staff through two 4-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools and 2 mid-semester study days.

Career opportunities

The MRes HSC is for health and social care professionals and others who seek a research career or require research training as a constituent part of their current or future roles, and for researchers who desire a sound health and social care orientated research training.

The programme provides a comprehensive education and training in health and social care research as an excellent foundation for students who wish to go forward to study for a PhD.

Associated organisations

-School of Psychological Sciences
-Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC)
-Institute of Population Health

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Health Informatics at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Health Informatics at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The developing discipline of health informatics is becoming an increasingly important component of health provision in the 21st Century. This programme builds on the successful MSc in Health Informatics which has been running at Swansea University since 2001. This course in Health Informatics is designed for those with experience in health informatics who want to make a contribution to the field by helping develop the knowledge base.

Key Features

The focus is on primary research, undertaken over 2 years.
Research skills are developed through three short modules as the student develops their own health informatics research project in the first 9 months of the course.
The research project may be undertaken within the student’s own place of work.
The research is supported within an organisation with a strong research reputation. Each student will have one to one supervision at all stages of the research process.
This programme in Health Informatics is based within the award winning Centres for Excellence for Administrative Data and eHealth Research at Swansea University, as awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).
Through partnerships with National Health Service (NHS) bodies in Wales, we are able to offer a range of research opportunities.

Modules on the MRes Health Informatics typically include:

Critical Appraisal and Evaluation

Any one existing health informatics module relating to the chosen topic:

Undertaking health informatics research

Who should study MRes Health Informatics?

This course is designed for those with experience in health informatics who want to make a contribution to the field by helping develop the knowledge base. Applications for non-graduates with domain expertise are welcome.

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The MSc Health Informatics is designed to provide a specialist qualification in health informatics, addressing a wide range of operational care and management perspectives. Read more
The MSc Health Informatics is designed to provide a specialist qualification in health informatics, addressing a wide range of operational care and management perspectives.

It illustrates principles across the health and social care sector, taking theory into practice. It is ideal for demonstrating competence in informatics to support the care domain and contributing towards meeting continuing professional development goals.

The learning outcomes for this postgraduate course are related to Health Informatics National Occupational Standards and the Key Skills Framework. The MSc in Health Informatics consists of core modules in health informatics, research methods, study skills, with optional modules and a dissertation. The distance learning course is delivered using eLearning.

INDUSTRY LINKS

This course is recognised as contributing to UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP) continuing professional development. The course learning outcomes map to Health Informatics National Occupational Standards and Key Skills Framework.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The course is available via eLearn.

Assessment is through coursework. A variety of formative and summative exercises is undertaken including short papers, work-based assignments, oral presentations, electronic presentations and a dissertation.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The MSc in Health Informatics programme consists of core modules in health informatics, research methods, postgraduate study skills, together with optional modules and a dissertation.

To obtain the award of MSc in Health Informatics, a student must successfully complete six taught modules (four core and two optional) plus a triple dissertation module.

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This programme lets you reinvent your craft, deepening your design and art expertise while working with informaticians. Our advanced programmes, for professionals and recent graduates, are hands-on, progressive and designed with industry at their heart. Read more

Programme description

This programme lets you reinvent your craft, deepening your design and art expertise while working with informaticians. Our advanced programmes, for professionals and recent graduates, are hands-on, progressive and designed with industry at their heart.

You’ll combine cutting-edge design with information hacking to develop products and services that can transform lives.

Your projects and case studies will apply your skills to real-life design challenges, including building new products and services, and next generation social media tools. No previous coding skills are required. Our vision is for design informatics to lead on designing with data, combining informatics and design to support an augmented society. Just as virtual reality is blending into augmented reality, the digital economy and information society will evolve into an augmented society.

As informatics products drive this evolution, natural human intelligence intertwines with vast data-processing power. Emerging products are revolutionising the way social and economic value can be generated. Design is embracing adaptive devices and services that learn and teach. Research by design enriches both informatics and design.

This programme weaves together threads from both with machine learning an overarching theme. For design, these are product, media, fashion and architecture. For informatics: vision and robotics, interaction, sensor networks, and synthetic biology.

Programme structure

In the first year, you will study:

-Design Informatics: Histories and Futures
-Design For Informatics
-Case Studies in Design
-Design with Data
-Design Informatics Project
-plus one course from a suite of digital design options

On Design with Data, you will work with actual data from an organisation such as the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh or National Museum of Scotland. You’ll focus on the Internet of Things, working with software and electronics to connect material objects with streaming data.

MA students then undertake a dissertation in the summer before graduation.

MFA students take a summer placement with a relevant and exciting digital organisation then return for a second year of study, including:

-Informatics Research Review
-a second Case Studies in Design project
-Product Development
-a dissertation

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Today's society faces the challenge of providing high-quality, patient-centred, sustainable and affordable healthcare, in an environment of increased demand and scarce resources. Read more
Today's society faces the challenge of providing high-quality, patient-centred, sustainable and affordable healthcare, in an environment of increased demand and scarce resources. The Health Informatics MSc at UCL aims to form future leaders who will address this challenge, transforming healthcare delivery through the use of information and communication technologies.

Degree information

Our graduates are professionals able to effectively engage with clinicians, managers, patients and policymakers, with the necessary skills and tools to harness healthcare information for improving clinical practice and service delivery. They possess the knowledge about healthcare problems, the concepts used to analyse them and the principles that govern the successful engineering, application and evaluation of solutions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), seven optional modules (105 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible study 2-5 years) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, flexible study over a period of two years) is offered.

Core modules
-Principles of Health Informatics

Optional modules
-Research Methods in Healthcare
-Information Systems in Healthcare
-Shared Care and Electronic Health Records
-Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
-Clinical Knowledge and Decision Making
-eHealth: Patients and the Internet
-Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
-Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice
-Using Information in Healthcare Management
-Principles of Health Data Science*
-Data Methods for Health Research*
-Machine Learning in Healthcare & Biomedicine*
-*Full-time MSc students have option to share Data Science for Research in Health & Biomedicine modules

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project, normally based at their place of work, which culminates in a piece of work written in the style of a journal article.

Teaching and learning
The programme is taught by 'blended learning', and therefore includes interactive online teaching and face-to-face lectures, seminars and workshops including substantial use of examples of real clinical systems. Assessment is through examination, critical evaluations, technical tasks, coursework and project reports, compulsory programming and database assignments, and the dissertation.

Careers

Health Informatics is a subject of growing importance, with exciting career development prospects for clinicians, managers, administrators and technologists.

Destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:
-Cancer Partners UK, IT Director
-CM Chemicals, Product Specialist
-NHS, Data Manager

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Infomation Analyst, NHS Royal Marsden Hospital
-Senior Clinical Analyst, Harris Corporation
-Deputy Information Manager, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
-Project Manager, Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
-Implementation Consultant / Projec Manager, Stalis

Why study this degree at UCL?

The MSc in Health Informatics at UCL is taught by a team of specialists within the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, and understanding how information technologies can be harnessed for improving the delivery of care is central to their academic mission. UCL is at the centre of a vast network of clinical collaborators and houses probably the largest concentration of health informatics expertise in the UK.

The institute conducts world-leading research and our teaching, which is research based, focuses on areas such as electronic healthcare records, decision support systems, consumer health informatics, and clinical and applied bioinformatics.

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Strongly interdisciplinary in nature, the Institute for Language, Cognition and Communication (ILCC) is dedicated to both basic and applied research in the computational study of language, communication, and cognition, in both humans and machines. Read more

Research profile

Strongly interdisciplinary in nature, the Institute for Language, Cognition and Communication (ILCC) is dedicated to both basic and applied research in the computational study of language, communication, and cognition, in both humans and machines.

As technology focuses increasingly on language-based communication tools, research into the automation of language processing has become vital. ILCC offers you the broadest research scope in the UK, and a strong computational focus.

Our primary areas of research are:

natural language processing and computational linguistics
spoken language processing
dialogue and multimodal interaction
information extraction, retrieval, and presentation
computational theories of human cognition
educational and assistive technology
Much of our research is applied to software development, in areas as diverse as social media, assisted living, gaming and education.

You may find yourself working closely with other departments of the University, particularly the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences.

Many of our researchers are involved in two cross-disciplinary research centres:

Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR)

The Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR) is an interdisciplinary research centre linking Informatics and Linguistics. Founded in 1984, it is now one of the world's largest concentrations of researchers working in the field of language and speech processing.

CSTR is concerned with research in all areas of speech technology including speech recognition, synthesis, signal processing, acoustic phonetics, information access, multi-modal interaction and dialogue systems.

The Centre is home to state-of-the-art research facilities including specialised speech and language-orientated computer labs, a digital recording studio, perception labs and a meeting room instrumented with multiple synchronised video cameras and microphones. There is also access to high-performance computer clusters, the University storage area network, a specialist library, and many speech and language databases.

Human Communication Research Centre

The Human Communication Research Centre (HCRC) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow that brings together theories and methods from several formal and experimental disciplines to understand better how this happens.

We focus on spoken and written language; we also study communication in other visual, graphical and computer-based media.

Training and support

You carry out your research within a research group under the guidance of a supervisor. You will be expected to attend seminars and meetings of relevant research groups and may also attend lectures that are relevant to your research topic. Periodic reviews of your progress will be conducted to assist with research planning.

A programme of transferable skills courses facilitates broader professional development in a wide range of topics, from writing and presentation skills to entrepreneurship and career strategies.

The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The School is deploying a range of strategies to help female staff and students of all stages in their careers and we seek regular feedback from our research community on our performance.

Facilities

The award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It houses more than 400 research staff and students, providing office, meeting and social spaces.

It also contains two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eye-tracking and motion capture systems, and a full recording studio amongst other research facilities. Its spectacular atrium plays host to many events, from industry showcases and student hackathons to major research conferences.

Nearby teaching facilities include computer and teaching labs with more than 250 machines, 24-hour access to IT facilities for students, and comprehensive support provided by dedicated computing staff.

Among our entrepreneurial initiatives is Informatics Ventures, set up to support globally ambitious software companies in Scotland and nurture a technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley.

Career opportunities

While many of our graduates pursue an academic career, others find their skills are highly sought after in the technology industry. A number of our students serve internships with large UK and international software developers, while others take up positions with major social media companies.

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The Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (IANC) is a world-leading institute dedicated to the theoretical and empirical study of adaptive processes in both artificial and biological systems. Read more

Research profile

The Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (IANC) is a world-leading institute dedicated to the theoretical and empirical study of adaptive processes in both artificial and biological systems. We are one of the UK’s largest and most prestigious academic teams in these fields.

We foster world-class interdisciplinary and collaborative research bringing together a range of disciplines.

Our research falls into three areas:

-machine learning
-computational neuroscience
-computational biology

In machine learning we develop probabilistic methods that find patterns and structure in data, and apply them to scientific and technological problems. Applications include areas as diverse as astronomy, health sciences and computing.

In computational neuroscience and neuroinformatics we study how the brain processes information, and analyse and interpret data from neuroscientific experiments

The focus in the computational biology area is to develop computational strategies to store, analyse and model a variety of biological data (from protein measurements to insect behavioural data).

Training and support

You carry out your research within a research group under the guidance of a supervisor. You will be expected to attend seminars and meetings of relevant research groups and may also attend lectures that are relevant to your research topic. Periodic reviews of your progress will be conducted to assist with research planning.

A programme of transferable skills courses facilitates broader professional development in a wide range of topics, from writing and presentation skills to entrepreneurship and career strategies.

The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The School is deploying a range of strategies to help female staff and students of all stages in their careers and we seek regular feedback from our research community on our performance.

Facilities

The award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It houses more than 400 research staff and students, providing office, meeting and social spaces.

It also contains two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eye-tracking and motion capture systems, and a full recording studio amongst other research facilities. Its spectacular atrium plays host to many events, from industry showcases and student hackathons to major research conferences.

Nearby teaching facilities include computer and teaching labs with more than 250 machines, 24-hour access to IT facilities for students, and comprehensive support provided by dedicated computing staff.

Among our entrepreneurial initiatives is Informatics Ventures, set up in 2008 to support globally ambitious software companies in Scotland and nurture a technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley.

Career opportunities

The research you will undertake at IANC is perfectly suited to a career in academia, where you’ll be able to use your knowledge to advance this important field. Some graduates take their skills into commercial research posts, and find success in creating systems that can be used in everyday applications.

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In this information age, the formalised representation of knowledge and automation of reasoning form the basis of the computerised systems that shape our world. Read more

Research profile

In this information age, the formalised representation of knowledge and automation of reasoning form the basis of the computerised systems that shape our world.

At the Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA), we lead the way in research into this vital field, both in facilities and quality of research.

You'll find a wide range of research areas within CISA, from abstract research using logic and theorem-proving methods to systems-oriented investigations. Our current research groups encompass:

agents and multi-agent systems
knowledge systems
mathematical reasoning
planning and activity management
software systems and processes.

Intelligent systems are a driving force for change in areas ranging from reasoning on the web to industrial supply chain management. Aided by our links with commercial and government bodies, the research you will undertake could shape the future of technology.

CISA includes one of the most innovative collaborations between research and business – our Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (AIAI). Through its resources and the engagement of staff and students in consultancy, training and joint projects, we offer solutions to commercial and government clients through the application of newly researched techniques.

Training and support

You will carry out research work within a research group under the guidance of a supervisor. You may also attend lectures that are relevant to your research topic, as prescribed by your supervisor.

You will be expected to attend seminars and meetings of relevant research groups. Periodic reviews of progress are conducted to assist with research planning.

A programme of transferable skills courses facilitates broader professional development in a wide range of topics, from writing and presentation skills to entrepreneurship and career strategies.

The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The School is deploying a range of strategies to help female staff and students of all stages in their careers and we seek regular feedback from our research community on our performance.

Facilities

The award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It houses more than 400 research staff and students, providing office, meeting and social spaces.

It also contains two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eye-tracking and motion capture systems, and a full recording studio amongst other research facilities. Its spectacular atrium plays host to many events, from industry showcases and student hackathons to major research conferences.

Nearby teaching facilities include computer and teaching labs with more than 250 machines, 24-hour access to IT facilities for students, and comprehensive support provided by dedicated computing staff.

Among our entrepreneurial initiatives is Informatics Ventures, set up in 2008 to support globally ambitious software companies in Scotland and nurture a technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley.

Career opportunities

While your research studies are a perfect route to a career in academia, your degree could also take you into the commercial world of applied intelligent systems.

Software developers and the users of automated planning systems are among those who rely on the insights of our research. NASA and animation company Pixar are just two of the organisations that have recently employed our graduates.

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The Institute for Computing System Architecture (ICSA) will provide you with academic resources and industry links that are among the best in the world. Read more

Research profile

The Institute for Computing System Architecture (ICSA) will provide you with academic resources and industry links that are among the best in the world.

We are home to the UK’s largest group of PhD researchers in the field, and host a Centre of Excellence in partnership with ARM, the world’s largest microprocessor intellectual property provider. We are also a member of the European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation.

Our current research is focused on the areas of:

compilers and architectures
parallel computing
wireless networking
processor-automated synthesis by iterative analysis.

Our wireless communication group is particularly strong, and presently working on expanding wireless reach within Scotland.

While the scope for research is wide, each area is underpinned by our fundamental aims:

to extend understanding of existing systems
to improve current systems
to develop new architecture and engineering methods

Training and support

You’ll be supported in your research by award-winning academic staff – including four Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering. They and other research colleagues have contributed to what is an enviable publications portfolio, featuring some of the most prestigious publications in the field.

You’ll graduate with more than an intensive knowledge of your field: you’ll also have established academic and personal links that will last a lifetime.

The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The School is deploying a range of strategies to help female staff and students of all stages in their careers and we seek regular feedback from our research community on our performance.

Facilities

The award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It houses more than 400 research staff and students, providing office, meeting and social spaces.

It also contains two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eye-tracking and motion capture systems, and a full recording studio amongst other research facilities. Its spectacular atrium plays host to many events, from industry showcases and student hackathons to major research conferences.

Nearby teaching facilities include computer and teaching labs with more than 250 machines, 24-hour access to IT facilities for students, and comprehensive support provided by dedicated computing staff.

Among our entrepreneurial initiatives is Informatics Ventures, set up to support globally ambitious software companies in Scotland and nurture a technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley.

Career opportunities

Our students see their degrees as a launchpad for their careers, and many have established themselves as world-class researchers and developers. By joining their ranks, you will be able to make your mark on the next generation of technological innovations.

Academic and business employers actively recruit ICSA graduates, many of whom are now designing the next generation of products for major software developers, or taking the lead in other entrepreneurial ventures.

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Established 25 years ago, the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS) continues to lead the way in the development of mathematical models, theories and tools that probe the possibilities of computation and communication. Read more

Research profile

Established 25 years ago, the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS) continues to lead the way in the development of mathematical models, theories and tools that probe the possibilities of computation and communication.

Our students benefit from being part of one of the largest and strongest groups of theoretical computer scientists in the world.

Our research is aimed at establishing deep understanding of computation in its many forms. Using advanced mathematical principles, we create theories and software tools allowing fundamental capabilities of computation to be explored, as well as designing languages that can be used to construct safe and effective programs.

Areas of interest within LFCS include verification, semantics, concurrency, process algebra, algorithms, logic and complexity.

While the results of our research can be applied to any one of a large number of diverse fields, biological modelling is of particular interest. Advances in experimental techniques mean that cell biologists need innovative tools and software to understand the vast quantities of data that are being generated.

Other areas where our research is applied include:

computer security
database systems
software analysis
programming language design
performance analysis.

Training and support

As a research student at LFCS, you will have access to our highly respected academic staff community, which includes Fellows of the Royal Society and a winner of a Blaise Pascal medal. Our students regularly receive ‘best paper’ awards at conferences.

You will carry out your research within a research group under the guidance of a supervisor. You will be expected to attend seminars and meetings of relevant research groups and may also attend lectures that are relevant to your research topic. Periodic reviews of your progress will be conducted to assist with research planning.

A programme of transferable skills courses facilitates broader professional development in a wide range of topics, from writing and presentation skills to entrepreneurship and career strategies.

The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The School is deploying a range of strategies to help female staff and students of all stages in their careers and we seek regular feedback from our research community on our performance.

Facilities

The award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It houses more than 400 research staff and students, providing office, meeting and social spaces.

It also contains two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eye-tracking and motion capture systems, and a full recording studio amongst other research facilities. Its spectacular atrium plays host to many events, from industry showcases and student hackathons to major research conferences.

Nearby teaching facilities include computer and teaching labs with more than 250 machines, 24-hour access to IT facilities for students, and comprehensive support provided by dedicated computing staff.

Among our entrepreneurial initiatives is Informatics Ventures, set up to support globally ambitious software companies in Scotland and nurture a technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are in high demand for postdoctoral academic roles. In addition, the skills you will graduate with can be applied to roles in industry, particularly finance, software development and consultancy.

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The MA Health and Wellbeing is designed to meet the career development needs of health and social care professionals in the UK. Read more
The MA Health and Wellbeing is designed to meet the career development needs of health and social care professionals in the UK.

The course will increase your awareness of the social, technological, economic, political and environmental changes taking place within health and social care, whether in the public, private or voluntary sectors, enabling you to take your career to the next stage.

You will study core modules in the development of national and international health and social care policy, the influence of sociology, psychology and ethics on our understanding of health and wellbeing, the issues of health and social care provision in remote and rural areas as well as gaining skills in research methods.

You will study part time through fully-supported online learning, with lectures, tutorials and other materials accessible via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE). You will receive regular support from your tutors and peers via online discussions, telephone and email which ever suits you best.

Special Features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• The course is delivered online which means you can fit your studies around your work and personal committments wherever you are in the world
• The course content contributes to the development of the core dimensions in the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF): communication; personal and people development; health, safety and security; quality; and equality and diversity
• You will also have the opportunity to study modules in more specialised areas, such as child and adolescent mental health, diabetes, infomatics in health and social care, and patient safety in health and social care environments.

Modules

PgCert

Core modules are:Policy into practice; Individual and social influences on health

PgDip

If you wish to progress to the MA, the core modules are: Challenges and Practice Solutions in Remote and Rural Areas; Qualitative Inquiry; One option from the list below.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to continue to Masters level you can study the first core module and two options from the list below.
Option modules include: Advanced Diabetes; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Developing Communities; Disability and Society; Enabling Self-Management: Developing Practice; Enabling Self-Management: Leading Change; Ethics in Health and Wellbeing; Informatics in Health and Social Care; Understanding Contemporary Leadership and Management; Introduction to Patient Safety in Integrated Health and Social Care Environment

MA

To achieve the award of MA Health and Wellbeing you must complete a research dissertation

How will I study

You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
We also strongly recommend that you attend a one and a half days face-to-face induction at the UHI Postgraduate Weekend

Locations

This course is available Online supported by Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

An exciting and diverse student life awaits our international students. Choose to study in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles. http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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Are you interested in understanding how using data can drive decision making and policy in public health?. In many ways, public health has been at the forefront of ‘big data’ as it touches every aspect of our life course. Read more
Are you interested in understanding how using data can drive decision making and policy in public health?

In many ways, public health has been at the forefront of ‘big data’ as it touches every aspect of our life course. From birth to death, our lifestyle choices, our social and physical infrastructure and even the weather.

Staffordshire University’s Master of Public Health (Health Informatics) is an opportunity for you to gain deep and up-to-date insights into the ways that health information influences health and social care, using leading distance learning methods. This award has been carefully designed to enhance employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas, from practitioner to academic roles.

Through this course, you will learn how to correctly interpret data, looking at topics such as:
-Statistical approaches
-Effectively visualising data
-Geographical Information Systems
-Concepts of ‘big data’ including data linkage

Each module is delivered online through Blackboard VLE, providing you with truly flexible learning around your work commitments. You will receive a high level of support, enabling you to enhance your employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas.

Course content

A brief outline of the content of the modules that comprise the award is as follows:
-Epidemiology and Basic Statistics (15 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis in Public Health (15 credits)
-Public Health Principles and Practice (30 credits)
-Health Informatics and Use of Health Data (30 credits)
-Public Health Routine Data Sources and Data Manipulation (30 credits)
-Masters Dissertation (60 Credits)

All modules are core, and the whole Masters comprises 180 credits in total. More detail for each module appears below.

Employment opportunities

You may already be working in a public health organisation, but completion of this award will enhance employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas, including specialist, practitioner, academic or other roles.

Other admission requirements

We will also require two references, a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-IELTS level 7.0 overall with level 7.0 in reading and writing specifically
OR
TOEFL 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or minimum of 100 (Internet-based test)
OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade B

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This programme will train you for advanced technical or managerial roles in computing areas such as finance informatics, information systems, or telecommunications. Read more
This programme will train you for advanced technical or managerial roles in computing areas such as finance informatics, information systems, or telecommunications.

Studying this programme will equip you with:

• theoretical and practical knowledge of key technological and business areas in today’s IT industry and research
• practical skills in research, analysis, realisation and the evaluation of IT systems including the write-up of technical or research documents
• key tools enabling you to enhance and apply your skills in management, design, and the implementation of IT-based solutions to different application domains

You will choose five required modules, a dissertation project and three optional modules from areas such as financial mathematics, telecommunications, interactive systems, social computing or information security.

Core Modules

• Data Mining and Big Data Analytics
• Object-Oriented Programming
• Project Management
• Research Methods
• Software Architectures
• Dissertation Project

Elective Modules

• Computational Methods in Finance
• Computer Systems Security
• Image and Video Processing
• Interactive Systems
• Mobile Communications
• Social Network Analysis
• Social Web Programming

What are my career prospects?

Graduates from this programme will find employment in the IT sector as systems analysts and managers, software engineers, application architects and developers or project leaders. Some students choose to continue as a PhD candidate.

The programme is designed to be industry oriented with the possibility of pursuing in-depth academic studies. You will take five required modules from the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering in addition to the dissertation project. You will also take three options from a wide range of modules offered by the Departments of CSSE, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

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