Research course

Health Informatics

University of Portsmouth · School of Health and Care Professions

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Months of entry

February, April, October

Course content

If you're interested in pursuing a postgraduate research degree in Health Informatics, Portsmouth is the perfect place to do it.

At a time when lifestyles are changing and the population is ageing, our current research in Health Informatics is exploring how information technology can potentially ease the pressure on the health and social care sectors, and help people live longer, happier and healthier lives.

As a postgraduate research degree student, you'll have the opportunity to make your own contribution to the work we're doing – and play a role in transforming our research into action.

Through our research, we're improving the design of computer systems and wellbeing services to make the delivery of healthcare more efficient and cost-effective. By helping health and care providers use data more wisely, our work is helping them to save time, while improving the accuracy of their clinical decisions, and informing new standards and techniques for treatment and care.

Our researchers have extensive practical experience working in Information Technology in the National Health Service (NHS), excellent links with other universities, professional bodies and global industry – and extensive expertise in the fields of mathematical and computer modelling, data analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

Support and facilities

When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

You'll have access to extensive resources including a Clinical Skills Laboratory, Digital X-Ray Suite, Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) System, and Ultrasound Room. Our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care offers you the opportunity to develop practical skills for working in health-related sciences in a safe learning environment. The Centre has simulation facilities that mirror current clinical equipment and healthcare environments.

What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MD
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

023 9284 2994