Course Features

  • Trains graduates in medical and allied professions and those with an information technology background in healthcare informatics
  • Enables students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and utilise tools of medical informatics
  • Flexible approach to teaching and learning to accommodate busy clinicians
  • Currently funded under the National Development Plan, Graduate Skills Conversion Programme

Course Overview

Information management and the utilisation of associated technology is becoming a major activity of the healthcare professional. This course is directed to medical practitioners, those in allied professions and also at those working in ICT areas in the health sector.

The course is primarily aimed at existing and future employees in the health service and IT industry sector who are looking to move into the area of Healthcare Informatics, expand their current knowledge in the area, or get more involved in health IT implementation projects in their respective work locations.

The assignments for the various modules are primarily focused on work-based topics, with these assignments being undertaken primarily as group or team work.

This team-based process mirrors the actuality of IT systems implementation projects or health data / business intelligence analysis in this sector.

Course Description

MSc in Healthcare Informatics (90 ECTS) is broken down as follows; 


Core modules (40 ECTS):

  • Clinical Information & Decision Support Systems (10 ECTS)
  • Biostatistics and Data Management (10 ECTS)
  • Medical Records (5 ECTS)
  • Information Visualisation (5 ECTS)
  • Interoperability, Standards & XML (5 ECTS)
  • Information Governance in Health (5 ECTS)


Optional modules (20 ECTS), choice of: 

  • AI for Pathology and Histopathology (10 ECTS)
  • AI for Medical Image Analysis (10 ECTS) 
  • Health Data – What is it and where does it come from? (5 ECTS)
  • Corporate Information Systems in Health (5 ECTS)
  • Informatics Systems Implementation in Health (5 ECTS)
  • Human Computer Interfaces (5 ECTS)
  • Artificial Intelligence in Health (5 ECTS)
  • Data Programming with R (5 ECTS)
  • Personalised Medicine (5 ECTS)
  • Data Mining in Health (5 ECTS)
  • Medical Devices and their connectivity (5 ECTS)
  • Clinical Biomarkers (5 ECTS)
  • Bioinformatics (5 ECTS)
  • Data Programming with R (5 ECTS)
  • Artificial Intelligence in Health (5 ECTS)


Research / Dissertation module (30ECTS)

The course content will be delivered via a combination of on-line / blended modules and week-long blocks.

The lecturers will come from both UCD and the Health Service to ensure an appropriate mix of theory and application in the content.

Applicants will normally hold a NQF Level 8 academic award.

Where an applicant does not hold a Level 8 award, consideration will be given to those with relevant and appropriate qualifications and experience working in or closely with the health system. Such candidates may be interviewed to ensure applicability to the programme prior to acceptance.

Candidates who may enter via this route would typically be those currently employed but looking to change the focus of their career into the Health Informatics arena, or those that have health experience but are currently unemployed and looking to re-enter the workforce in the Healthcare Informatics field.

  • International applicants should contact the Academic Programme Director for a full list of entry requirements
  • For more information, please visit  UCD Global.

Important dates

  • The next intake for MSc Healthcare Informatics is September 2021

Apply Online

  • You can apply via the UCD application portal. Please search for the course code, X523
  • If you have any problems or queries with the online application process please Email: or Tel: + 353 1 716 1142/ 1476
  • For information on cost, please see UCD Fees website.


    Financial Support available


    A number of places for this course are government funded under the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) via the website. The following are eligible to apply for courses in 2020/21 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all requirements, e.g. academic requirements): 

    • Returners (formerly referred to as Homemakers): May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria
    • People in employment: May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. 
    • The unemployed or formerly self-employed: All courses are open to these categories of applicants, with the exception of the two-year part-time ICT conversion courses which are not open to those in receipt of a Jobseekers-related payment. 

    Depending on your situation, the fees are provided in full or subsidised. For more information, and to apply, please visit . 

Academic Programme Director

Programme Administrator

Dr. Pat Felle

UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4

Mr Steven Masterton

UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 716 6634

Key Information:

  • Major Code X523
  • Duration 12/24 Months
  • Schedule Full/Part-Time
  • Next Intake September

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