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MSc Healthcare Information Systems

MSc Healthcare Information Systems

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

With the rapid growth of technology in healthcare, more Healthcare Information Systems professionals are needed to optimise technology.  The M.Sc. In Healthcare Information Systems aims to provide a niche area of expertise at the cross section between the Information Systems (technology) and Healthcare industry. 

This programme offers its students a unique opportunity to consider how technology and data can make a transformative impact on the healthcare sector and improve the lives of patients.

This master's degree is an interdisciplinary offered offered by Business Information Systems and UCC's School of Medicine.

Its focus is on healthcare information systems by analysing and designing the role of innovative health technologies, maximising health data to improve healthcare organisations and ultimately improve patient care.

This M.Sc. In Healthcare Information Systems is for you if you aspire to work in the healthcare industry, in a clinical setting, medtech sector, NGO and state department. 


Course Delivery

This programme offers the integration of classroom study with professional experience and industry-aligned coursework.  The combination of teaching and innovative research in a clinical setting.

Individual & group assessment will incorporate continuous assessment and end of semester examinations.  You will also be presented with the challenges faced by clinical practitioners and speak with experts in the field.


Graduates with healthcare and technology expertise are in high demand.

In completing this MSc in Healthcare Information Systems, you will be equipped with much sought after skills in both the Information Systems field and the Healthcare field. You may wish to pursue such careers as:

  • Management Consultant specialised in Healthcare; Business/Systems Analyst;
  • Hospital IT Project Manager;
  • Healthcare Data Analyst;
  • Healthcare Software Supplier;
  • IT Quality Control;
  • Operations Analyst/Coordinator;
  • Hospital Administration;
  • Health Economics.

Learning Outcomes

If you decide to enroll in the Healthcare Information Systems M.Sc. programme, you will gain the knowledge and competencies necessary to plan, plan, design, implement and manage leading edge health information system while remaining cognisant of the ethical, security and data protection implications arising from such scenarios.

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • Effectively manage and analyse data in complex healthcare scenarios;
  • Research, plan, and design an innovative healthcare solution, by critically analysing and interpreting data;
  • Communicate with healthcare practitioners and service users to understand their needs and design solutions to improve healthcare;
  • Work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team in a healthcare setting.

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Course Outline

There are  2 parts to the Healthcare Information Systems M.Sc. programme.  Part 1 are taught modules while Part2 is a collaborative healthcare industry research project (Part 2).

Part 1

Part 1 runs from September to May and you will be studying the following taught modules:

  • Secure Data Acquisition and Management Health Information Systems and e-Health Analysis Seminars in Healthcare Information Systems Preliminary Research Project
  • Health Information Systems and e-Health: Design and Change Medical Data Modeling, Database Design Medical Data Modeling, Knowledge Discovery
  • Health Care Economic Evaluation
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Clinical Investigation and Measurement

Part 2

Part 2 takes place during the summer months of June to September. The collaborative project will provide you and your groupmates with the opportunity to leverage your research outputs on a challenge/opportunity in healthcare and to apply this theoretical knowledge to a substantial healthcare informatics problem requiring analytical and/or design effort. The research project will be carried out under the supervision of an industry expert and an academic specialist and offers practical experience of preparing and delivering a research report in healthcare information systems.

Course Info

Course Code : CKL50

College : Business and Law

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 9

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee


Tuition Fee - International Fees


Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)


The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.

Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is 11th September, 2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

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Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process. 

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Academic Achievement

  • An Honours Bachelor degree with a background in an of the following:
    • Business and Law;
    • Medicine and Health or Science;
    • Engineering and Food Science.
  • Minimum grade 2H2

English Proficiency

If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:

  • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 6.5 with no indvidual section less than 5.5;
  • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 90. Minimum scores: Listening and Writing - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20;
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C;
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B;
  • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 63 with no section score below 59.


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Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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