Choose Kingston's Information Systems (Health Information Management) MSc
Information systems, when used effectively, can give a business or organisation the competitive edge. They can also transform businesses, restructure organisations and streamline business processes. This course seeks to address the shortage of people who can operate at the interface of business and IT, and offers the chance to study a spectrum of relevant business and technical subjects.
The career-enhancing programme is designed to build on your previous experience and education and allow you to tailor your learning to suit your individual career development, industry background and requirements of your organisation.
An industrial advisory board advises on all aspects of the curriculum to ensure that new concepts are introduced and that the course continues to meet the needs of business and industry.
The Health Information Management pathway is more than health informatics, and aims to produce future leaders in health information management.
What will you study?
You will study the design, development and management of information systems to enable you to recognise and accommodate the increased rate of change and instability in the business and information environment created by social, economic, political and technical changes. You will gain an understanding of how information is used within an organisation, who uses it, the nature of the information, how it relates to decision making and how it contributes to organisational goals and objectives.
The effective use of health information systems has the potential to dramatically improve health services. There is a strong demand for well-qualified information professionals in a wide range of health-related settings; this course is designed to produce talented and visionary leaders to shape the future health information strategy and successfully lead health informatics projects and teams. Teaching focuses on the knowledge and skills that will be required by the NHS Information Strategy, preparing you for managerial positions in hospitals, practice management and primary care.
You will develop management and leadership skills by studying the fundamental concepts of business, financial resource management, health information strategy, health information governance, systems analysis and design, analysis and presentation of health data and database design and management. You will have the opportunity to improve your practical skills so that you can plan and manage complex health informatics projects and implement changes within the evolving healthcare environment. Throughout the course you will consider the impact of health information systems upon individuals and teams within the healthcare environment.
The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list:
Modelling Enterprise Architectures Data Management and Governance Health Information Strategy Data Analysis and Presentation Business in Practice Project Dissertation
"Having worked as a technical analyst for some time, I wanted a change in direction with a view to gaining a position as an IT architect. I didn't have any formal IT qualifications, so I chose to do the MSc in Information Systems at Kingston University on a part-time basis over three years.
"I was nervous to begin with, as I didn't have a first degree, but quickly overcame this because the staff and students were so helpful and friendly and the course was very well structured.
"I based my dissertation on a project I was doing at work, which involved the installation of a computer-based fax system that captures all inbound faxes arriving at customer service centres, and delivers these into a document repository / image and workflow system.
"I graduated in January 2006 with a distinction and subsequently applied for a consultancy role at the Royal Bank of Scotland. I obtained the position of infrastructure consultant and was promoted to a managerial grade. I believe the MSc helped me to get an interview, as the other five candidates had completed, or were in the process of completing, masters degrees.
"In addition to the academic qualification, I found that my levels of confidence rose substantially. This aspect of the MSc proved to be as important as the academic side of the degree."
Postgraduate SEC International Scholarships
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing is offering awards of £1,500 for international students on its taught, full-time MSc courses.Students selected to receive a scholarship award will act as an ambassador for Faculty promotional activities and events and have the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience assisting with undergraduate classes for between four and six hours per week (for a maximum of 40 hours over the year and teaching times to be arranged to work around your MSc timetable and any other commitments you may have). Selection ProcessSelection is by application only and applicants must:- Have a good academic record - Provide a statement of 500 words explaining why they think they would make a good ambassador for the course and the faculty.* Please note that applicants cannot be awarded more than one scholarship.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Any international student applying for a taught full-time postgraduate MSc course in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing with a confirmed offer of a place for the next academic intake (September or January).
In order to apply for a scholarship, you are required to fill in and submit a SEC Scholarship Application Form available on our website.The application must be typed and printed.The deadlines for receiving your application for scholarships are:* 31st July for September intake * 16th November for January intakeApplications received after this deadline can not be considered.Other scholarships for postgraduate students can be found at http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/scholarships/
Applicants are normally required to have a good honours degree in a relevant area related to health, business or computing, or an academic equivalent of a UK undergraduate degree.Exceptionally, applicants who have substantial work experience / achievements that indicate equivalent intellectual competence may be considered but there must be strong evidence that the applicant has the motivation to complete the course and the ability to work at this level.Overseas students are required to satisfy the admissions officer that they have reached an equivalent academic standard as those required for home students.
Recipient: Kingston University
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