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Health Informatics - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

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

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.


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.

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

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students who do not meet these requirements but have appropriate professional experience will also be considered. Students who have previously undertaken CPD may apply for accreditation of prior learning.

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