Healthcare demand is exceeding supply worldwide and there is a need for radical solutions. Innovative IT approaches are transforming healthcare. Health providers and leading multinationals are investing massively in technology and demand for qualified health informatics professionals is high.
This programme offers a detailed overview of health informatics, including telehealth, mHealth, data analytics, knowledge management and decision support. It takes a strong information systems perspective, building transferable skills in areas like soft systems, process modelling, strategy and system development, and focusing these on health.
The Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics has a strong national and international reputation and is actively engaged in delivering education, skills, research and development to the NHS and a network of national and international software suppliers. As a student on the Masters programme, you'll be actively involved with us in listening to, and informing, the informatics agenda for health.
The professional development events run by the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics (YCHI) mean we have an established network of employers keen to recruit masters students and support their masters projects.
You'll benefit from our location too. The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the largest UK hospital trust and Leeds is the headquarters for many Department of Health organisations, such as NHS Digital and NHS England. We also have close relationships with leading health software suppliers based in Leeds, in particular The Phoenix Partnership, providers of SystmOne and ResearchOne. YCHI is part of the Leeds Institute of Data Analytics, bringing opportunities to be involved in exciting developments in “big data”.
You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate levels.
You will study modules totalling 180 credits. These are made up of four core (compulsory) taught modules and a research project, plus four optional modules from a range offered in Health Informatics or Health Sciences. This gives you the opportunity to tailor your study to areas of interest ranging from specific skills, such as data analytics and visualisation, to applications such as clinical decision support, or particular domains, such as international health.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Informatics in Health Care 15 credits
- Systems Thinking in Health Care 15 credits
- Process Modelling, Benefits and Change 15 credits
- Mobile Health 15 credits
- MSc Health Informatics Project 60 credits
- Health Research Methods 15 credits
- Introduction to Health Economics 15 credits
- The Legal, Ethical and Professional Considerations in Healthcare Data Research 15 credits
- Clinical Knowledge Management and Decision Support Systems 15 credits
- Statistics for Health Sciences 15 credits
- Health Data Analytics and Visualisation 15 credits
- Designing Future e-Health Systems 15 credits
- Machine Learning for Health Data 15 credits
- Spatial Analytics and Visualisation for Health 15 credits
- International e-Health 15 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Health Informatics MSc in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
Teaching is through lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. We make extensive use of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable you to study at your own pace and in your own time, to enhance and extend the material taught formally.
You'll be able to use University facilities for independent study, such as computing facilities and the Health Sciences library, with its extensive collection of online journals.
The modules are assessed by a variety of methods including essays, reports, portfolios, websites, posters and presentations. Your results for every module contribute to your final degree classification.
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons).
This is an academically rigorous programme. Applicants with other qualifications may be accepted if they can demonstrate suitable professional experience. Contact the admissions office if you are unsure of your eligibility.
This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree (or international equivalent) and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study. Read more at Intercalation.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Admissions Team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
How to apply
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Entry to this programme is very competitive. We will give preference to candidates with work or study experience in areas related to health informatics.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: £8,250 (total)
International: £19,500 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
Our alumni have successfully secured health informatics roles in healthcare organisations and industry. Students sponsored by their employers to study with us have reported achieving promotion after completing the course.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
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