Taught course

Information Systems (Health Information Management)

Kingston University · Computing and Information Systems

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally required to have a good honours degree in a relevant area related to health, business or computing, or an academic equivalent of a UK undergraduate degree. Exceptionally, applicants who have substantial work experience / achievements that indicate equivalent intellectual competence may be considered but there must be strong evidence that the applicant has the motivation to complete the course and the ability to work at this level. Overseas students are required to satisfy the admissions officer that they have reached an equivalent academic standard as those required for home students.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Information systems, when used effectively, can give a business or organisation the competitive edge. They can also transform businesses, restructure organisations and streamline business processes. This course seeks to address the shortage of people who can operate at the interface of business and IT, and offers the chance to study a spectrum of relevant business and technical subjects.

  • The career-enhancing programme is designed to build on your previous experience and education and allow you to tailor your learning to suit your individual career development, industry background and requirements of your organisation.
  • An industrial advisory board advises on all aspects of the curriculum to ensure that new concepts are introduced and that the course continues to meet the needs of business and industry.
  • The Health Information Management pathway is more than health informatics, and aims to produce future leaders in health information management.

What will you study

You will study the design, development and management of information systems to enable you to recognise and accommodate the increased rate of change and instability in the business and information environment created by social, economic, political and technical changes. You will gain an understanding of how information is used within an organisation, who uses it, the nature of the information, how it relates to decision making and how it contributes to organisational goals and objectives.

The effective use of health information systems has the potential to dramatically improve health services. There is a strong demand for well-qualified information professionals in a wide range of health-related settings; this course is designed to produce talented and visionary leaders to shape the future health information strategy and successfully lead health informatics projects and teams. Teaching focuses on the knowledge and skills that will be required by the NHS Information Strategy, preparing you for managerial positions in hospitals, practice management and primary care.

You will develop management and leadership skills by studying the fundamental concepts of business, financial resource management, health information strategy, health information governance, systems analysis and design, analysis and presentation of health data and database design and management. You will have the opportunity to improve your practical skills so that you can plan and manage complex health informatics projects and implement changes within the evolving healthcare environment. Throughout the course you will consider the impact of health information systems upon individuals and teams within the healthcare environment.


The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

  • Modelling Enterprise Architectures
  • Data Management and Governance
  • Health Information Strategy Data Analysis and Presentation
  • Business in Practice
  • Project Dissertation
Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, the work placement is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

08448 547683/+44 (0)20 3308 9931