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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. 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.

About this degree

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
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • eHealth: Patients and the Internet
  • Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
  • Learning Health Systems
  • Principles of Health Data Analytics
  • 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


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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Health Informatics MSc


Health informatics is a subject of growing importance, with exciting career development prospects for clinicians, managers, administrators and technologists. The main areas where our graduates find employment are business intelligence, information management, project and programme management, informatics analysts and directors, quality and service improvement management.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Business & Performance Manager, Camden & Islington NHS FT
  • Business Intelligence Analyst, Hinchingbrooke Hospital (NHS)
  • Commissioning Manager, NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Programme Manager, NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • Project Manager, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Visit the Health Informatics (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University College London website for more details!





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