MSc/PGDip/PGCert Health Informatics (UCL/UoM Joint Award)

Year of entry: 2024

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science, PGDip, PGCert
Duration
1yr FT, 2-5yr PT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum upper second class) from a UK university or overseas equivalent in:

  • computer science
  • health services research
  • biological sciences
  • statistics
  • pharmacy
  • nursing
  • medicine

Students who do not meet these requirements but have appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

Applications from candidates who don't meet usual admissions criteria are also reviewed by the Dean of Students at UCL.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
80
How to apply

To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit an online application form at UCL.

Please complete the online form here .

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N
PGDip Y Y N N

Course overview

Healthcare services around the world are being challenged to achieve an extraordinary transformation under extreme pressures, and digitisation is seen as an essential component for success.

National initiatives in the UK are addressing key informatics challenges such as:

  • patient-focused systems;
  • integration of systems;
  • using data to drive improvements.

You will learn about healthcare policy and strategy as it relates to informatics and about the design and implementation of the wide variety of digital systems used in delivering healthcare today. You will be able to tackle the technical details behind different approaches to engineering and implementing these systems as well understanding how to engender change. You will also acquire skills in analysing and presenting data.

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MSc Health Informatics Joint Degree: UCL and University of Manchester

Open days

Come along to our open day webinar for health data sciences on Wednesday 22 November, 12pm-1pm. The programme leads will take you through the courses structure, the content and units, main themes and what it's like to study a master's at Manchester. In the final part of the webinar you will be able to ask any outstanding questions. Book your place here .

Fees

Please see information here .

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Teaching Administration
Telephone
Email
Website
https://www.ucl.ac.uk
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum upper second class) from a UK university or overseas equivalent in:

  • computer science
  • health services research
  • biological sciences
  • statistics
  • pharmacy
  • nursing
  • medicine

Students who do not meet these requirements but have appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

Applications from candidates who don't meet usual admissions criteria are also reviewed by the Dean of Students at UCL.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of an approved qualification in English Language or achieve a level of no less than 7.0 IELTS.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit an online application form at UCL.

Please complete the online form here .

Course details

Course description

This course focuses on how information and information technology are used in the organisation and delivery of healthcare.

Our MSc in Health Informatics (jointly awarded by The University of Manchester and UCL) offers an innovative and exciting training in a uniquely challenging and important field.

Our blended learning MSc will equip you with the skills to work in this exciting field by providing:

  • a unique combination of personal learning, theoretical challenge and practical application;
  •  blended approach which combines face-to-face contact and distance learning, harnessing the advantages of both across two campus;
  • flexible study allowing you to complete the programme full-time in one year, or flexibly over up to five years;
  • engagement with leading thinkers in the field across the UK and internationally;
  • participation in a thriving network of academics, clinicians and informatics professionals.

Our programme is suitable for health professionals currently in work or graduate students.

The University of Manchester and UCL are uniquely placed to provide the health informatics training required for a modern health service.

You will have access to the largest UK health informatics faculty, including researchers who develop and apply solutions in a range of healthcare settings and direct national programmes in research education/training.

In 2020 we have written a new textbook Developing Medical Apps and Health Interventions and have published core competencies for clinical informaticians across the UK with the Faculty of Clinical Informatics.  

Both institutions sit in two of the largest regional health economies in the UK, hosting the greatest concentration of digital-led NHS programmes. Eight professors and 13 senior academics contribute to the programme, alongside NHS and industry professionals.

PhD with integrated master's

If you're planning to undertake a PhD after your master's, our Integrated PhD programme will enable you to combine your postgraduate taught course with a related PhD project in biology, medicine or health.

You can also visit this page for examples of projects related to integrated master's courses.

Aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide you with the skills to manage healthcare systems;
  • provide you with an understanding of the healthcare system, from treatment of individuals to the wider population;
  • emphasise the importance of informatics in patient driven healthcare;
  • embed key health informatics principles, concepts and skills in students' working practices;
  • combine leadership and transferable skills with technical skills training.

Special features

The programme is delivered via blended learning, which combines online learning and short three day sessions on campus either at UCL or The University of Manchester.

Each taught module is delivered largely online over eight or nine weeks with a short block of intensive face-to-face teaching. The online element includes video lectures, podcasts, written material as well as interactive exercises and discussions. The face-to-face teaching includes lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops and experiential learning.

Though designed to suit students in full- time work, it is also offered to students who register as full-time and complete all elements of the programme in a single academic year.

The programme will encourage intellectual curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. It will teach transferable skills for lifelong learning and cultivate reflective practice. The content reflects the changing needs of healthcare.

We see learning and teaching as collaborative 'knowledge construction', which recognises the contribution of all stakeholders (academic staff, service users and carers, and students).

This is demonstrated in the programme through contributions made by these stakeholders, providing case-studies, examples, invited seminars and participation in group work.

We will promote translational thinking so that informatics knowledge, know-how, skills and understanding are applied to new health challenges to ensure that informatics is embedded as an enabler of change.

The structure of the programme ensures that you will share this knowledge with each other and learn to work in teams.

Teaching and learning

Programme delivery

This programme is mostly delivered online with 3 day problem-based face-to-face workshops on campus hosted either at The University of Manchester or UCL.

Coursework and assessment

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base. There is a mix of assessment: written assignments, exam, group work and other activities such as moderated discussion boards.

Course content for year 1

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits for an MSc. 

Full-time students will be required to take four compulsory modules (60 credits); four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).  Part-time students will be required to take four core modules in Year 1, and four further modules in Year 2. 

Core units:

  • Essentials of Informatics for Healthcare Systems;
  • Health Information Systems and Technologies;
  • Standards and Interoperability;
  • Principles of Health Data Analytics.

Course content for year 2

Optional units:

  • Usable Health Systems Design;
  • Personalised Health Informatics;
  • Decision Support Systems;
  • Patient Safety;
  • Learning Health Systems;
  • Modern Information Engineering;
  • Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.

Optional units have been organised into themes from those that explore more technical topics health informatics (Modern Information Engineering), those that are more focussed on understanding organisations (Patient Safety).

At no point are choices restricted to a single theme.

All students undertaking an MSc will undertake an independent research project in a report form of a journal article of up to 6,000 words.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Health Information Systems IIDS61001 15 Mandatory
Standards & Interoperability IIDS61102 15 Mandatory
Usable System Design IIDS61201 15 Mandatory
Modern Information Engineering IIDS61301 15 Mandatory
Decision Support Systems IIDS61402 15 Mandatory
Essentials Informatics for Healthcare Systems (UCL) IIDS62001 15 Mandatory
Principles of Health Data Analytics (UCL) IIDS62102 15 Mandatory
Learning Health Systems (UCL) IIDS62201 15 Mandatory
Patient Safety (UCL) IIDS62302 15 Mandatory
Personal Health Informatics (UCL) IIDS62401 15 Mandatory
Usable System Design IIDS61201 15 Optional
Modern Information Engineering IIDS61301 15 Optional
Decision Support Systems IIDS61402 15 Optional
Decision Support Systems IIDS61412 15 Optional
Learning Health Systems (UCL) IIDS62201 15 Optional
Patient Safety (UCL) IIDS62302 15 Optional
Personal Health Informatics (UCL) IIDS62401 15 Optional
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Course collaborators

This is a joint course with the University College London (UCL) Institute of Health Informatics

Facilities

The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

All graduates of this course will be prepared for technical and management roles leading the digital transformation of healthcare. Graduates of the course have gone on to leadership roles in the NHS and other healthcare organisations here and overseas.

Some of our graduates have moved into roles in industry in pharmaceutical companies or consulting organisations. Others have gone on to further study, taking on PhDs or fellowships while others have launched their own businesses.

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

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