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MSc Health Informatics

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Develop the cutting-edge skills you need to pursue a career in informatics-led healthcare with the longest established Health Informatics MSc in Europe.

Key Information

Start date

October 2018

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
Part-time: 28 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000

Part-time: £4,500 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,500

Part-time: £7,750 per year

Application period

From October 2017

Until September 2018. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted onto the course in 2018; we encourage early applications.

Who is it for?

This course will help you become part of the newest and fastest growing specialty in healthcare by understanding how to apply informatics solutions to develop high-quality and sustainable healthcare.

It has been designed for health professionals who wish to enhance their careers with an informatics qualification. It will also appeal to computer scientists, engineers and others with relevant technical or professional qualifications who wish to move into a successful career involving the application of informatics in the health service.

Objectives

The Health Informatics MSc at City, University of London aims to develop future leaders in the field who will transform healthcare with sustainable, informatics-led approaches, and is the only MSc in the UK to be accredited by the British Computer Science Society.

High-quality teaching combines both theory and practice, with a strong focus on real-world applications including electronic health records, clinical data management and analytics, mobile technology and telehealth. Teaching is supported by guest lectures from medicine and industry. Furthermore, you will be part of a multi-professional and strongly international cohort bringing together many points of view on national and international computerised healthcare initiatives.

Accreditation

British Computer Society

This course is accredited by the NHS Information Authority. It is also accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as partially fulfilling the academic requirement for registration as Chartered IT Professional (CITP), subject to re-accreditation in 2017.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should hold an upper second-class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional or clinical qualification.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to follow a Graduate Diploma pathway to the programme through one of our partners.

INTO City, University of London

If you do not meet the entry requirements, INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help you prepare for study at City, University of London. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Informatics.

Kaplan International College London

City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre-Masters courses at KIC London offer you comprehensive support to help you complete your postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.

English requirements

If you are an overseas student whose first language is not English, the following qualification is required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four 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.

English language programmes

If you do not meet the English language requirements, INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO's English for University Study programme .

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2018/19 academic year is 31st August 2018, however we may close earlier if all places are filled.

In order for your application to be considered, please ensure that you upload the following documentation with your application:

  • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application, please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks). A transcript is required in order to have your application processed.
  • If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please upload a Proof of English Proficiency if you have already obtained it. A list of accepted qualifications can be found here.
  • If you require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Master's programme in the UK, please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City, University of London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career.
  • If you are applying for a Part-time course, or have relevant work experience relating to the degree you are applying for, please upload a copy of your current CV/resume.

You can apply in the following ways:

Postal applications and supporting documents

We encourage online applications, however if you are unable to do this, please send a completed paper application form, together with supporting documents, to:

Postgraduate Courses Office, A302
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0248
Email: smcsepg@city.ac.uk

Heritage
The longest established MSc in Health Informatics in Europe.
Employability
Successful track record of producing more than 350 highly employable graduates over the past 20 years.
Unique
The only MSc in Health Informatics in the UK to be accredited by the British Computer Science Society.

More about fees

If a student leaves City after commencing but before completing their course, City 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 that exceptional and unforeseeable reasons for their withdrawal exist.

How to pay

City 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 31st 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.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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.

Internships

As a postgraduate student on a Computing and Information Systems course, you will have the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of your degree.

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

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

Our internship scheme helps you to:

  • Develop new skills: Internships offer on-the-job learning that will help enhance your skill set and add to your CV.
  • Access 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.
  • Benefit from a 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 for 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.

Academic facilities

As a Health Informatics MSC student at City, you will benefit from our central location, close to many hospitals. Your lectures, tutorials and workshops are delivered in small classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art interactive technologies.  The University’s computer science laboratories are equipped with modern and up-to-date hardware and software required for you to progress through your studies.

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Teaching and learning

High-quality teaching is delivered by research-active academics from City, University of London. Specialist industry professionals also participate in teaching and learning, ensuring that students learn the knowledge and skills most valued by industry.

Teaching combines both theory and practice, with a strong focus on real-world applications including electronic health records, clinical data management and analytics, mobile technology and telehealth. You will also undertake an independent research project.

All taught modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials and activities supported by the University's online learning environment.

Taught modules are generally assessed through a combination of coursework and examination, although some modules are 100% coursework based (e.g. Data Analysis with Healthcare Application, Information Architecture and Project Management). Examinations focus on applying health informatics theories to realistic clinical scenarios. Coursework assignments centre on analysing real world problems, developing computational models and systems to solve these problems and producing written reports and documentation.

The taught component of the MSc is worth 66.67% and the independent research project is worth 33.33%. The independent research project allows students to conduct original research on a health informatics topic of their choice

Upon successful completion of eight modules and the independent research project, you will be awarded a master’s level qualification. Alternatively, if you do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed the taught component you will be awarded a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four modules will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

A sample timetable from a previous year is given below. Please note the timetable is for guidance only and is subject to change.

FULL-TIME study timetablePART-TIME study timetable
Semester 1YEAR 1, Semester 1
Electronic Health Records Monday morning Electronic Health Records Monday morning
Option 1 Monday afternoon Option 1 Monday afternoon
Modelling Healthcare Decisions Friday morning   
Research Methods and Professional Issues Friday afternoon YEAR 1, Semester 2
   Option 2 Tuesday
morning
   Data Analysis with Healthcare Tuesday afternoon
Semester 2YEAR 2, Semester 1
Option 2 Tuesday morning Modelling Healthcare Decisions Friday morning
Data Analysis with Healthcare Tuesday afternoon Research Methods and Professional Issues Friday afternoon
Telehealth and Mobile Applications Friday morning   
Knowledge Management in Healthcare Friday afternoon YEAR 2, Semester 2
   Telehealth and Mobile Applications Friday morning
   Knowledge Management in Healthcare Friday afternoon

Modules

The MSc comprises of 180 credits.

You will study six core modules and two elective modules. You will also undertake an independent research project.

A full-time student is expected to commit 35 hours a week, which includes attendance at lectures, tutorials and workshops, and independent study on coursework, the individual research project and preparation for examinations.

Taught Core Modules

Core modules are mandatory and provide a detailed insight into key areas of health informatics. The modules are designed to complement each other and incrementally build specialist knowledge in the area. For example, the Electronic Health Records module focuses on important standards and techniques for securely capturing, storing and exchanging clinical data. Data Analysis with Healthcare demonstrates how to undertake statistical analyses of clinical data and report the results. In the Modelling Healthcare Decisions and Knowledge Management in Healthcare modules students learn about machine learning techniques that can be applied to clinical data and used to develop intelligent systems to support clinical decision making, including the cost effectiveness of those decisions in a variety of healthcare settings. The Telehealth and Mobile Applications modules examines the emerging role of telehealth with a focus on new technologies and devices such as mobile apps, sensors and cloud computing that can be used to capture clinical data and deliver health services in environments such as patients’ homes. The Research, Methods and Professional Issues module develops students' research skills and helps with planning and carrying out original research in their independent research project.

  • Electronic Health Records (15 credits)
  • Data Analysis with Healthcare Application (15 credits)
  • Modelling Healthcare Decisions (15 credits)
  • Knowledge Management in Healthcare (15 credits)
  • Telehealth and Mobile Applications (15 credits)
  • Research, Methods and Professional Issues (15 credits)

Taught Elective Modules

Students choose two elective modules from the list below. Elective modules allow students to focus on specific areas of interest. Elective modules can be broadly divided into analytical, user-centred and technical areas. For example in Principles of Data Science and Information Retrieval students learn how to use mathematical models and tools for large-scale analysis of different types of data. In Web Applications Development, Databases and Medical Electronics, students learn a range of fundamental technologies and languages for the creation of software and hardware systems. Information Architecture, User-Centred System Design and Project Management outline processes for user-driven design that consider the environment, tasks and workflow of a product or service.

  • Principles of Data Science
  • Information Retrieval
  • Web Applications Development
  • Databases
  • Medical Electronics
  • Information Architecture
  • User-Centred System Design
  • Project Management

Recommended reading

You may wish to undertake some preparatory reading.

  • Shortliffe, E. (2103) Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine (Health Informatics) (New York, Springer).
  • Oates, B.J. (2006) Researching Information Systems and Computing (Sage Publications).
  • 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).

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

  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer working in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering.
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer in pervasive computing working in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering.
  • Student
    When I started the MSc in Health Informatics, I was a general nurse who had recently made the move to a clinical IT role. The course took my general interest in IT, and allowed me to discover the many ways it could be applied in the healthcare setting. In Health Informatics, it is important to understand the bigger picture; how a given solution or tool can affect other aspects of the healthcare system. The lecturers were outstanding at highlighting this kind of detail, as well as nurturing a passion for this subject that remains with me. Since completing the MSc, I have continued my career as an IT Project Manager for a complex health IT transformation program. I am currently designing the architecture for a new hospital-wide integration system.
  • Student
    With a background in diagnostic imaging, I have always been passionate about the application of IT systems within healthcare, and how informatics can be utilised to effectively support patient care. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in Health Informatics, and with its reputation as one of the leading Health Informatics Institutes in Europe, the MSc in Health Informatics at City was a clear choice. The course equipped me with the skills and knowledge to continue to progress my professional development, as well as providing me with a life-long interest in this constantly developing field.
  • Student
    I chose City to study MSc Health Informatics because it is renowned for having the longest standing health informatics course in Europe. The subjects that the programme provides met my need for enhancing my technical skills in informatics and developing the way I critically conceive the wider healthcare context and attention to detail. The tutors were extremely supportive, encouraging and inspiring.
  • Student
    My time at City was one of the best years of my life. I was doing exactly what I want to do at the exact period of my professional career, studying for my MSc in Health Informatics. I thoroughly enjoyed all my lectures and I gained wealth of knowledge I did not know existed out there. The university atmosphere was relaxing and I was very comfortable studying with all the other students, in fact I made friends for life with some of them. As I was sponsored by my Trust, doing this course has really enhanced my prospect within the organisation and have been promoted twice now undertaking the course.
  • Student
    I have truly enjoyed my time on the course. The combination of health informatics modules together with the core informatics modules has provided me with the specialist health-related knowledge I need within the context of a wider understanding of basic informatics principles. The work has been intellectually challenging. The most important outcome of the course is that I now have the knowledge to be able to challenge any assumptions that either I, or others, may have. It is very empowering in the workplace.

Career prospects

Graduates from the Health Informatics MSc pursue successful careers in health services (both state and private sectors in the UK and overseas), and in related healthcare industries such as Electronic Health Record providers. There are a wide variety of roles and opportunities in health informatics as outlined the NHS Careers in Health Informatics including:

  • Health records designers and developers
  • Health data scientists
  • Data managers
  • Taxonomy managers
  • System and application analysts
  • Information analysts
  • IT project managers
  • Digital transformation leads
  • PACS and RIS managers
  • Education and training.

Recent graduates have been employed as:

  • Data and Taxonomy Manager, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Project Officer, Guy's and St Thomas'​ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Clinical Designer, Cerner Corporation
  • IT Project Manager, The London Clinic
  • Product Owner, System C
  • Theatre Data Manager, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
  • Clinical Terminology Consultant, Australian Digital Health Agency
  • PACS Project Manager, Ministry of Health,  Saudi Arabia
  • Research Informatics Program Manager, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

"The demand for health informatics workers is projected to grow at twice the rate of employment overall, but there is strong evidence that the nation already faces a shortage of qualified workers in this field".

Source: Report published in 2014 by Burning Glass Missed Opportunities? The Labor Market in Health Informatics, 2014.

Application Deadline

September 2018. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted onto the course in 2018; we encourage early applications.


Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2018/19 academic year is 31st August 2018, however we may close earlier if all places are filled.

In order for your application to be considered, please ensure that you upload the following documentation with your application:

  • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application, please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks). A transcript is required in order to have your application processed.
  • If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please upload a Proof of English Proficiency if you have already obtained it. A list of accepted qualifications can be found here.
  • If you require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Master's programme in the UK, please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City, University of London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career.
  • If you are applying for a Part-time course, or have relevant work experience relating to the degree you are applying for, please upload a copy of your current CV/resume.

You can apply in the following ways:

Postal applications and supporting documents

We encourage online applications, however if you are unable to do this, please send a completed paper application form, together with supporting documents, to:

Postgraduate Courses Office, A302
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0248
Email: smcsepg@city.ac.uk

Contact details

Programmes Office (room A302)

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