MSc Health Informatics

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
    PGCert 1Yr FT
    PGCert 1Yr PT
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    UK 2.2
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Course Overview

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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.

Key Features

  • 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.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PMIM101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Health Informatics in Context
PMIM201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Communications and Coding
PMIM301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Using Secondary Health Data
PMIM401Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Systems and Technologies
PMIM501Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Knowledge Management
Optional Modules
Optional modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select one module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PMIM601Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Undertaking Health Informatics ResearchPlease only select if you intend on completing the research project.
PMIM603Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Leadership in Project Management

MSc 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PMIM401Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Systems and Technologies
PMIM501Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Knowledge Management
Optional Modules
Module 6 options 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one module. Please note your selection will determine whether you complete the research dissertation or work based project in the Part Two element of your course.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PMIM601Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Undertaking Health Informatics ResearchPlease only select if you intend on completing the research project.
PMIM603Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Leadership in Project ManagementPlease only select if you intend on completing the work based project.

Description

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

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:

  • Healthcare Professionals / Management / Technology
  • Health Information / Data Management
  • Medical / Clinical Records / Coding
  • ICT and Computer / Health / Social / Sports Science
  • Health Economics
  • Nursing and Social Work / Care
  • Business Administration / Management and Application Statistic

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:

  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each part)
  • TOEFL IBT: 93 (20 in each part)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 62 (51 in communicative skill)
  • Cambridge CPE: Grade C
  • Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia: Grade 6 or above

 

How To Apply

 Application is via the University on-line system. 

 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £5,950 £13,550
MSc Part-time £2,000 £4,500
PGDip Full-time £3,950 £9,050
PGDip Part-time £2,000 £4,500
PGCert Full-time £2,000 £4,500
PGCert Part-time £2,000 £4,500

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.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Research Opportunities

In partnership with the National Health Service (NHS) Wales Informatics Service and Health Boards in Wales, this course is able to offer NHS research opportunities within local NHS facilities and the NHS Wales Informatics Research Laboratories based at Swansea University.

Career Prospects

Health Informatics remains one of the fastest growing areas within healthcare in the UK and US.

In the UK working as a professional health informatician, you could be introducing electronic health records for every person in the country or exploring patient data to identify trends in disease and treatment. If you love working with computers or have an analytical and inquisitive mind, then there is a job for you in health informatics as the NHS Careers in Health Informatics has demonstrated.

Find out who are employing and alumni profiles 

Professional Development and Employability

Professional Developement

The College of Medicine offers the modules on this course as standalone opportunities for prospective students to undertake continued professional development (CPD) in the area of Health Informatics.

You can enroll on the individual modules for this programme as either an Associate Student (who will be required to complete the module(s) assessments) or as a Non-Associate Student (who can attend all teaching sessions but will not be required to complete any assessments).

How to Apply

For information and advice on applying for any of the continuing education opportunities, please contact the College directly at PostgraduateMedicine@swansea.ac.uk.

Employability

Postgraduate study has many benefits, including enhanced employability, career progression, intellectual reward and the opportunity to change direction with a conversion course.

From the moment you arrive in Swansea, specialist staff in Careers and Employability will help you plan and prepare for your future. They will help you identify and develop skills that will enable you to make the most of your postgraduate degree and enhance your career options. The services they offer will ensure that you have the best possible chance of success in the job market.

The student experience at Swansea University offers a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional development through involvement in many aspects of student life.  

Co-curricular opportunities to develop employability skills include national and international work experience and study abroad programmes and volunteering, together with students' union and athletic union societies, social and leisure activities.

For the MSc Health Informatics course, we are in the process of identifying opportunities for our students to complete volunteering placements with a number of our collaborative partners.