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Health Informatics  MSc


Why study Health Informatics at City University London?

The MSc in Health Informatics is the longest-established postgraduate course in this field in Europe. In addition you will be joining a postgraduate Health Informatics course which is the first to be accredited at Masters Level by both the British Computer Science Society and the NHS Information Authority. The course equips you with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills necessary for the organisation and delivery of an informatics-led health service.

Typical applicants are clinicians and allied health professionals who wish to enhance their careers with an IT qualification, and computer scientists, engineers and others with relevant technical or professional qualifications who wish to move into a successful career involving the application of ICT in the health service and associated industries.

You will be part of a highly multi-professional and strongly international cohort.  High-quality teaching on the MSc Health Informatics is informed by leading-edge academic research. We offer a healthy balance of theory and practice, with a strong focus on real-world applications, supported by guest lectures from medicine and industry. You will also benefit from the University's central location, close to many hospitals and medical centres.

Graduates of the course pursue successful careers in the health service (both state and private sectors in the UK and overseas) and in related healthcare industries and organisations; the course has a successful track record of producing more than 350 very employable graduates over the past 20 years. The MSc in Health Informatics is also excellent preparation for doctoral study in the field. Specifically graduates from this course have gone on to the following roles:

  • Application Analyst – NHS
  • Associate Specialist – Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Clinical Designer -  Cerner Corporation
  • Clinical Support Technologist – NHS
  • Clinical Terminology Product Support Analyst - National E-Health Transition Authority Limited, Australia
  • Data and Taxonomy Manager - Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Digital Transformation Lead – BMJ Evidence Centre
  • ERP and Applications Integration Specialist -  CSS International
  • IT Manager – St Andrew’s Hospital, Newham Healthcare NHS Trust
  • IT Project Manager - The London Clinic
  • Manager of Deployment Services – Pharsight
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist – Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust
  • PACS & RIS Manager – Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • Pharmacy Manager – Hertfordshire Partnership Trust
  • Product Owner - System C Healthcare
  • Research Informatics Programme Manager - Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Support analyst -  Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

About the course

  • This course is offered as a 12 month full-time or 28 month part-time MSc.
  • A maximum of 40 students will be accepted onto the course in 2016/17, ensuring a staff-student ratio that facilitates high-quality education.
  • A 6-month internship route is available, providing valuable work experience.

This course is accredited by The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) for partial fulfilment of the academic requirement for Chartered IT Professional status.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold an upper second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification.


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year

Start Date:

Autumn 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold an upper second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification.Prior degrees should be in a medical or numerate subject, but other degree subjects or professional qualifications can be accepted if a candidate has subsequently had relevant health service or industrial experience.

Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four test components)

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

You will study six core modules and two elective modules. All modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, online activities and interactive workshops and tutorials. These include sessions delivered by guest lecturers from industry. Students also undertake an independent research project.

Course Structure

Taught Core Modules

Clinical Records

  • Demonstrate a systemic knowledge and understanding of the major practical issues associated with the capture and exchange of clinical data in medicine
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the available techniques and technologies in relation to electronic patients' records
  • Critically appreciate and evaluate the role standard, coding and terminologies in electronic patients' record
  • Utilise a broad range of standards and techniques covered in the module and apply them to the specific clinical patients' record systems.

Data Analysis with Healthcare

  • Interpret the results of a statistical hypothesis test
  • Summarise and tabulate healthcare data and display it graphically self-evaluate their understanding of each topic in relation to that of rest of class
  • Undertake analysis of any data and solve basic problems independently use a standard statistical package with increased understanding of the output use appropriate statistical and related methods in the analysis of healthcare data

Information for Decisions in Healthcare

  • Demonstrate in a systematic and systemic manner the role of information and informatics in supporting healthcare delivery
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the role of information in relation to the decision making process in healthcare
  • Understand critically the role of formal methods to support the decision making process and the relative merits of alternative models
  • Understand, critically, the role of formal methods to support evaluation and decision making in complex settings use formal models to support the processes of clinical decision making
  • Demonstrate an approach to the use of models to support the decision making process which is informed, professional, considered and ethically sound

Knowledge Management in Healthcare

  • Understand and fully appreciate the importance of knowledge representation
  • Critically examine the success and failure of health related applications
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply suitable tools from the module to appropriate health related problems
  • Demonstrate the ability to examine a health related problem and formulate a solution using the modern knowledge management tools presented in the module
  • Demonstrate an approach to the use of modern knowledge management tools that is informed, professional, considered and ethically sound

Research, Methods and Professional Issues

  • Acquire and develop skills for planning and carrying out independent, original research (which you will later apply when completing your Masters dissertation)
  • Be able to use appropriate quantitative and qualitative techniques for data collection and analysis
  • Learn how to find, interpret, and use existing academic research as a basis for your research activity
  • Explore the legal, ethical and professional implications of applied work in the information and computer sciences and use this knowledge in your research.


  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the conceptual basis of telemedicine and its role in decision making, improving delivery of patient care and in education, in medicine and healthcare
  • Understand the role of Telemedicine in: - distributed care - the support services (laboratory medicine and imaging services)
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the technical issues and parameters relating to Telemedicine
  • Demonstrate a practical knowledge of the functioning of a variety of e-health and wireless technology, based around Telemedicine systems
  • Demonstrate the importance of telecommunication and imaging standards in Telemedicine

Taught Elective Modules

Choose from 2 options from the following:


  • Identify the key issues relating to the management of relational database systems and object-oriented database systems
  • Model the logical structure of database systems using different data models
  • Analyse data and document structures using different models
  • Create and query relational databases using SQL
  • Evaluate the new developments in data and document handling systems and understand their practical applications and implications.

Information Architecture

  • Web analytics
  • Search, metadata and users' information-seeking behaviour
  • Website organization and navigation schemes
  • Key design documents in the IA process
  • Knowledge of content management and e-commerce systems
  • Introduction to system specification
  • Introduction to databases.

Project Management

  • Demonstrate understanding of the key issues relating to IT project management, including estimating, scheduling, resourcing, monitoring and controlling progress, quality control and risk management
  • Discuss the wider context of change management and the organizational framework.

Programming with Java

  • Create object oriented models of some aspect of the real world with a spatial context
  • Break down a problem into logical steps (an algorithm)
  • Interpret an existing Java program of moderate complexity by identifying its structure, state and behaviour
  • Convert algorithms and object-oriented models into clear, well documented Java; develop and share Java code as part of a team.

Practices and Theories in Interaction Design

  • Demonstrate detailed understanding of the importance of usability and the consequences of poor usability for interactive systems
  • Identify the theoretical foundations in cognitive psychology for human-computer interaction
  • Critically evaluate a user-centred design process for interactive systems, including analysis, design and evaluation activities
  • Understand and interpret HCI principles and guidelines, applying them to a variety of situations.

Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination, plus a project dissertation. Students successfully completing eight modules and the dissertation will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree. All modules on this course are supported by the University's innovative online environment.

The course is available full time (12 months) and part time (up to 28 months; daytime study).

Students successfully completing eight modules and the dissertation will be awarded 180 credits and a masters level qualification. Alternatively, students who do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight modules will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four modules (60 credits) will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

Each module is assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.

The timetables are for guidance only and are subject to change.

FULL-TIME study timetablePART-TIME study timetable
Semester 1YEAR 1, Semester 1
Clinical RecordsMonday morningClinical RecordsMonday morning
Option 1Monday afternoonOption 1Monday afternoon
Information for Decisions in HealthcareFriday morning  
Research Methods and Professional IssuesFriday afternoonYEAR 1, Semester 2
  Option 2Tuesday
  Data Analysis with Healthcare applicationsTuesday afternoon
Semester 2YEAR 2, Semester 1
Option 2Tuesday morningInformation for Decisions in HealthcareFriday morning
Data Analysis with HealthcareTuesday afternoonResearch Methods and Professional IssuesFriday afternoon
TelemedicineFriday morning  
Knowledge Management in HealthcareFriday afternoonYEAR 2, Semester 2
  TelemedicineFriday morning
  Knowledge management in HealthcareFriday afternoon

Read the full programme specification

Recommended Reading

You may wish to undertake some preparatory reading.

  • Oates, B.J. (2006) Researching Information Systems and Computing (Sage Publications)
  • Coiera, E. (2003) A guide to Health Informatics (London, Arnold)
  • Connolly, T. and Begg, C. (2004) Database systems: A practical approach to design, implementation and management - 3rd edition(London, Addison-Wesley)
  • Fleming, M.C. and Nellis, J.G. (2000) Principles of applied statistics - 2nd edition(Thompson Learning)
  • Shortliffe, E. (2006) Biomedical Informatics: Computer applications in health care and biomedicine (New York, Springer)

Note: module leaders may choose to use different or additional texts to the ones listed above.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year

If a student leaves the University after commencing but before completing their course, the University reserves the right to charge the student the tuition / course fee for the full academic year (or full course for capacity limited post-graduate courses - up to a maximum of 2 years fees) in question. The student may be charged the full fee for that year or course as applicable unless the student is able to present justification to the University that exceptional and unforeseeable reasons for their withdrawal exist.

How to pay

The University has introduced an instalment payment scheme which is available to certain categories of students, including taught postgraduate students. For students following the normal academic year, the annual fee may be paid in two equal instalments: the first on registering, the second on 31 January. If you wish to pay your fees by instalment you must pay the first instalment at or before registration, by cheque or credit/debit card. You must also supply your bank details or credit card details for payment of your second instalment which will be deducted automatically from your bank or credit card account on 31st January.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


Postgraduate students on a Computing and Information Systems course are offered the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of their degree.

Our longstanding internship scheme gives students the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from their taught modules within a real business environment. An internship also provides students with professional development opportunities that enhance their technical skills and business knowledge.

Internships delivered by City University London offer an exceptional opportunity to help students stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing students to work full-time for up to six months. Students will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should they wish to consider undertaking this route.

Benefits of completing an internship at City are:

  • Develop new skills - Internships offer on-the-job learning that will help enhance your skill set and add to your CV.
  • Exclusive opportunities - The PLU is a dedicated team of internship and professional development specialists. We hold longstanding relationships with a large range of employers and proactively seek out exclusive internship opportunities to suit your needs and interests.
  • Central point of contact - You will be assigned a Work-Based Learning Advisor who will provide help and support throughout the internship process, from applying to roles through to completion of your Masters.
  • Enhance your employability - Organisations are very keen to employ graduates with existing professional experience. It is common for internship providers to offer interns full-time positions on completion of their Masters.
  • Gain an insight into an organisation and industry - This will help you with future career planning.
  • Give you a head start in your chosen field - With the experience you gain, you may be able to enter an organisation at a higher level on completion of your studies.
  • Develop your network of professional contacts - This will be useful when you come to apply for positions and roles within your preferred area.
  • Earn while you learn - The majority of internships provide a competitive salary.

More information on postgraduate internships.

Career Prospects

Graduates are prepared for employment in health services (both state and private sectors) in the UK and overseas and in related healthcare industries and organisations.Students can participate in our professional placement programme, which is supported by the

Professional Liaison Unit. This allows students to undertake their final project within an industrial or research placement over an extended period of time.

You will have the knowledge and skills to enable you to play a significant part in an informatics-led health service designed to deliver effective care.

On graduation you will become a member of a world-wide alumni association, enabling you to be in touch with health informatics professionals at the leading edge of ICT implementation and application in healthcare.

Alumni jobs

Job titleCompany name
Application AnalystNHS
Associate SpecialistMoorfields Eye Hospital
Clinical Support TechnologistNHS
IT ManagerSt Andrew's Hospital Newham Healthcare Nhs Trust
Manager of Deployment ServicesPharsight
Nuclear Medicine TechnologistQueen Elizabeth Hospital Trust
PACS & RIS ManagerMaidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Pharmacy ManagerHertfordshire Partnership Trust
Senior First OfficerBritish Airways
Senior House OfficerNorth Kent Health Care Trust
Senior LecturerAnglia Rustin University
Senior Lecturer in Medical InformaticsCity University
Senior RegistrarSouth Thames Region / N Survey Pct
SHO in MedicineColchester General Hospital

This course will enable you to...

After the successful completion of the course candidates may consider a PhD degree, towards an academic/research career.

Apply for MSc Health Informatics

We invite all suitable applicants living within a 200-mile radius of London to an open and/or interview session; these are held monthly between March and July. Overseas and more distant applicants are sent a questionnaire, which may be supplemented by a telephone interview or email discussion. Such students are welcome to visit the Department if they are in or near London at some stage. You should submit your application by one of the following two methods:

1. Completing the online form; or

2. Completing a hard copy of the application form and sending this to the address below.

Please ensure you include your supporting documentation with your application. If you are applying online you should note that confidential references are only acceptable as originals sent in signed and sealed envelopes by post to the address below. References attached as supporting documentation to an online application cannot be considered.

International students: it is important you submit your application to us in sufficient time for you to arrange your visa before the start of the course.

You will be able to attach electronic copies of your supporting documents. However, you will be required to submit your confidential references in hard copy (in signed and sealed envelopes) to the address below, together with any supporting documents you do not attach when applying online. Alternatively, to receive an application pack in the post please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7040 0248

Postal applications and supporting documents

We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:
Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City University London
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