M.Sc. Health Informatics

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: June 30th
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,750 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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The application of information and communications technology in healthcare, now generally known as health informatics, is a complex and intellectually demanding interdisciplinary field in which medicine, computer science, management science, statistics and engineering are all represented. Health informatics is no longer viewed as a peripheral issue but rather as a central means of improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery. This in turn is encouraging governments to increase investment in ICT in healthcare, or eHealth. However, the lack of people with appropriate education and training in health informatics continues to be a major problem. The M.Sc. in Health Informatics aims to address this problem by equipping students with the knowledge required to ensure that the health sector gets the best out of ICT. The course, run jointly by the School of Computer Science and Statistics and the School of Medicine, is intended for suitably qualified applicants currently working or aspiring to work in a position in the health sector which requires the efficient and cost effective application of information technology.

A key strength of the course is the student mix: students with IT backgrounds learn from their clinical classmates and vice versa, and all learn to communicate more effectively with each other, through practical team-based project work. A second strength is the contribution by international experts to teaching and assessment.

Topics addressed include electronic healthcare records, clinical decision support systems, data quality, interoperability, health informatics standards, clinical coding and classification, distributed health information systems, connected health, bioinformatics, biomedical imaging, human computer interaction, data protection, security, ethics and risk management.


The course runs over two academic years (September - June) part-time, on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings to facilitate those in full-time employment. The first year consists of taught modules, with a strong emphasis on practical team-based continuous assessment. Those with a clinical background take an introductory Computer Programming module, while those from an IT background take a Basic Medical Sciences module. Other modules include Introduction to Health Informatics, Health Information Systems, Clinical Decision Support Systems, Human-Computer Interaction in Healthcare, Biomedical Imaging, and Bioinformatics. In the second year students take a Research Methods module, undertake an independent research project and report on it as a 20,000 word dissertation.


Applications will be accepted from those who:

* hold a good honours degree in a professional (health sciences or computer/engineering) disipline, or
* hold an equivalent qualification with relevant professioal experience, or
* hold other appropriate qualifications with at least 3 years relevant experience, or
* otherwise satisfy the course admission committee that they will have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.

Applicants meeting these requirements will be interviewed. Overseas applicants may be required to take a test of English language proficiency. Students who successfully complete the diploma will have the option of proceeding to the MSc programme without receiving the Diploma.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 570
TOEFL iBT® test: 88

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