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About Health Informatics at Swansea University

  • A one year full-time taught masters programme that has been running successfully since 2001 and has an international reputation.
  • This course is also available for three years part-time study with minimum attendance requirements.
  • Accredited by the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions Education Quality Assurance Scheme.
  • Uses state-of-the-art technologies and has a strong focus on practical experience.
  • Strongly linked with National Health Services organisations and industry within the Life Science sector in Wales, UK.
  • This course is based within the award winning Centres for Excellence for Administrative Data and eHealth Research of Swansea University, awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC), enhancing the quality of the course.

Course Overview

This programme is designed for healthcare professionals and those who want to increase their knowledge and skills in health informatics. Accredited by the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP), the programme uses state-of-the-art technologies and has a strong focus on practical experience is strongly linked with National Health Service (NHS) organisations, other research institutes and industry within the Life Science sector in Wales, UK.

Who should study MSc Health Informatics?
This course is suitable for current informaticians, those working in the health and healthcare sector, and graduates preparing for a career in health informatics. Applicants from non-graduates with domain experience are welcome.

Course structure
Students must complete 6 modules (5 core and 1 further module from a choice of two) to earn a minimum of 120 credits in total in Part One and produce a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words on a relevant health informatics topic in Part Two to graduate. Each module for this course requires five days of intensive study in Swansea. This will be augmented by preparatory and reflective material supplied via the course website before and after your visit.

Attendance pattern
Students are required to attend the University for 1 week (5 consecutive days) for each module in Part One. Attendance during Part Two is negotiated with the supervisor.

Course modules
The core modules and the dissertation are compulsory, and must be completed when undertaking the programme. Each module develops students' research skills in relation to the topics covered.

     Part 1: Course modules (each module is assigned 20 credits)
     PMIM 101 Health Informatics in Context
     PMIM 201 Communications and Coding
     PMIM 301 Using Secondary Health Data
     PMIM 401 Systems and Technologies
     PMIM 501 Knowledge Management

     Part 1: Optional modules (each module is assigned 20 credits)
     PMIM 601 Health Information Research
     PMIM 603 Leadership in Project Management

     Part 2: Project & Dissertation
     PMIM 702 Health Data Project
     PMIM 703 Work-based Project Portfolio

Specialist pathways
This course introduces two pathways for health informaticians who wish to specialise in one of the following areas:

1. Health Informatics Research

2. Leadership in Project Management

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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International MSc Full-time £6,250 £14,250 MSc Part-time £3,150 £7,150 MSc Part-time £2,100 £4,750 PGDip Full-time £4,150 £9,500 PGDip Part-time £2,100 £4,750 PGCert Full-time £2,100 £4,750 PGCert Part-time £2,100 £4,750

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

Admission to this course is normally on the basis of UK Honours Degree Grade 2:2 or above or an equivalent qualification for overseas applicants. Undergraduates of any of the following cognate disciplines should consider applying for this course:

Non-graduates are also welcome to apply. All applications are considered on individual merit, taking into account of any relevant work experience.  Should you have qualifications below the required minimum or lack a suitable first degree, please feel encouraged to submit an application if you have at least two years of experience in health informatics or related fields.

Applicants who are not first-language English speakers must provide one of the following qualifications:


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