MSc Health Informatics

Course summary

Overview


This course is ideal for graduates who have an analytical and inquisitive mind and want to work in a role that encompasses computing and biology, medicine, or healthcare. 

Our school of School of Computing and Engineering has developed partnerships with companies such as Amazon to allow our students to gain vital industry skills in:
  • integration with big data
  • cloud computing
  • cybersecurity.
This course has been structured with the modern healthcare sector in mind, providing you with the opportunity to gain comprehensive Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills required by the industry.

Health Informatics


Through this course you will develop a professional outlook concerned with the effective use of data, information, knowledge and technology helping to support and improve health and healthcare delivery.

Why choose this course?

The initiative to digitise health and genomics information has created a strong demand for health informatics professionals and students from this course can pursue successful careers in both the state and the private sectors in the UK and overseas.

Through this course, you will learn how to use data and technology effectively and gain the skills and knowledge you need to support and improve health and healthcare delivery.

Tutor Information 

This course is run by the School of Computing and Engineering to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.


Career and study progression


This course will thoroughly prepare you for a wide range of careers as a health informatics or Bioinformatics practitioner in the public and private sectors, including:
  • clinical informatics
  • personalised Medicine
  • clinical bioinformatics
  • education and training
  • health records and patient administrators
  • information and communication technology
  • information management
  • libraries and knowledge management
  • project and programme management.
Upon successful completion of the course, you can choose to pursue a career within the health sector or pursue further study at MPhil and PhD level. 


Course detail

We aim to develop future leaders through increasing your knowledge and skills.


Year one modules
  • Leadership and Management Competence in Healthcare
  • Information Systems in Healthcare
  • Data management in Healthcare
Optional modules:
  • Knowledge management
  • Information System Project Management
  • Programming
  • Public Health Perspectives
  • Measuring Public Health and Wellbeing
  • Security Management

Year two modules

  • Research Methods
  • HCI for Information Systems
  • Dissertation in Health Informatics

Entry requirements

You will need a UK Honour's Degree, or equivalent, in Computing or Healthcare Science subject area with at least a 2:2.

Applicants with equivalent professional qualifications, or a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND) will be considered, provided they can demonstrate significant, relevant work experience and the ability to benefit fully from the course. Such applicants will be considered on an individual basis by interview. Some optional modules may not be available to students without a first degree in computing.

International entry criteria

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£3,600

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£5,750
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries. In the 2017 - 18 academic year, they included:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.


Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply for most of our Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters’ Degree courses using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

International students

To apply for a Masters’ Degree course, please complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

More about the application process for international students.

More about how to apply for postgraduate courses.

 

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Career and study progression

This course will thoroughly prepare you for a wide range of careers as a health informatics or Bioinformatics practitioner in the public and private sectors, including:

  • clinical informatics
  • personalised Medicine
  • clinical bioinformatics
  • education and training
  • health records and patient administrators
  • information and communication technology
  • information management
  • libraries and knowledge management
  • project and programme management.

Study progression

On successful completion of this course you can pursue further study at MPhil and PhD level. See our Research and enterprise page to find out more.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.


With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.


Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.