MSc Health Informatics (distance learning)
Start date: September
Health Informatics is one of the fastest growing areas within healthcare. In its simplest form, health informatics is about getting the right information to the right person at the right time.
The MSc in Health Informatics is a 3 year programme, running from September to September, and delivered by distance learning. It is normally completed over a period of either 3 or 4 years, but, exceptionally, may be completed over 2 years with Faculty permission.
Modules have a value of credits: 180 credits are required for graduation. 105 of these are compulsory modules, 15 are approved modules and finally 60 credits are allocated to the dissertation.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
Entry requirements are deliberately kept flexible in recognition of the wide variety of skills, backgrounds and experiences of applicants working within today’s health and social services. You must demonstrate potential within three particular domains:
You possess a honours degree, usually in a social science, science, technology or a medical/health area. However if you do not have a degree, but have substantial work experience in the health care environment, you may be admitted onto the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance, with the possibility of upgrading to the MSc, subject to making satisfactory progress.
You have some experience of using a variety of computer systems in your workplace and an interest in how information and informatics are used to support patient care. Ideally you have access to computers both at work and at home.
You have at least two years’ experience working in a health care environment either within the health services or in a commercial role where you interact with the health sector. You may also be accepted if you have less than two years’ health care experience, provided that the quality of your experience to date is sufficiently high.
You do not need to conform to a ‘typical’ profile; instead you must demonstrate achievement in each of these domains and compensate for any shortfall by possessing complementary strengths in another domain.
English Language Entry Requirements
If your first language is not English you need to provide documentary evidence of English Language competence. You must meet the following minimum requirements:
Details of other qualifications recognised by the University of Sheffield can be found on the English language requirements webpage. You can also compare grades for English language assessments on the English Language Teaching Centre website.
If your application is successful we will invite you to attend an Interview/Open Day at the School. We hold open days several times a year, and will inform you of possible dates when we contact you. Attendance at an open day is optional but will give you the opportunity to see our facilities and to meet the academic staff and current students.
There is currently no closing date for applications for the coming academic year, but we encourage you to apply as early as possible.
Your career prospects
Postgraduate qualifications are often required in order to progress to senior positions in the health sector. Our MSc Health Informatics course will help you to develop your career in the sector and particularly within the growing field of health informatics and information management.
What people are saying about careers in health informatics
Health informatics is one of the fastest growing areas within the health care sector. Effective management and use of data is becoming more important within the sector so there is a growing need for individuals who can understand and manage information and information systems. Analysis and interpretation of data helps to plan the correct patient services and care, and professionals with a health informatics qualification are needed to make this happen.
The UK Health Informatics Career Framework illustrates the career levels within the various disciplines of health informatics. It is designed to help individuals to plan their careers and development opportunities. For professionals who are aiming to progress from level 5/6 to level 7, a Masters degree in a relevant subject such as health informatics is normally required.
Who is employing graduates?
Recent graduates work nationally and internationally and have been employed by the NHS, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and by the Department of Health.
What jobs could I do?
Graduates from the MSc Health Informatics degree progress into a number of roles including: