Health and Biomedical Informatics MSc – 2023 entry *

Key information

Start date: October 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

* This course is subject to validation

Why choose this course

  • Study a multi-disciplinary course combining expertise in informatics, artificial intelligence (AI), statistics, and the fields of epidemiological and biomedical, health and veterinary research
  • Gain core informatic and AI skills to apply to global healthcare, biomedical and medical challenges
  • Conduct a hands-on project that uses real-world data from large multidimensional studies such as UK Biobank
  • Put theory into practice in our state-of-the-art facilities
  • Champion our ‘One Health, One Medicine' approach.
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What you will study

Our Health and Biomedical Informatics MSc will train you in developing and applying cutting-edge health informatics, bioinformatics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in biology, medicine and health. We’ll enable you to develop your quantitative, computational, and practical data analysis skills, while providing opportunities for further development of your professional skills.  On this course, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to manage and analyse large and diverse datasets across biomedical research and healthcare systems.

You’ll study topics including data science, epidemiology, and the fundamentals of biomedicine and AI, whilst gaining important cross-cutting skills. Our course is structured around existing large data resources, giving you the unique opportunity to build a portfolio of experiences in real world data handling, analysis, and interrogation. Course content will be based on data from a number of resources, including the world-leading UK BioBank.

It's important to understand where data emanates from in order to use it effectively. Within this course we teach the nature of omics techniques, electronic health records, and other methods followed by detail on how the data can be used correctly and appropriately. In addition to structuring practical sessions and module assessments on real-world health and biomedical data, we’ll also offer these data resources for specific and defined projects for your dissertation. All appropriate support will be offered to you to access data.

You’ll be able to choose from a range of different dissertation project topics that will cover both quantitative and qualitative research, applying a variety of methodologies covered throughout the programme. Dissertation projects will be supervised by a team with the appropriate methodological and domain expertise from across the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Surrey Institute for People Centred Artificial Intelligence, and from partners such as local NHS trusts, the Institute for Animal Health at Pirbright, and Zoetis. Projects will be themed into:

  • Precision medicine and personalised care
  • UK Biobank data analysis
  • Digital health and decision support.

Facilities

Several of the modules you’ll study are complemented by hands-on, computer-based sessions and tutorials. These will support you in completing your coursework and in preparation for your assessments and dissertation project. We’ll provide you with computing support for any specialised software required during the course, as well as with accessing and handling the large datasets we’ll be using.

Dissertation projects will be offered across the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences in different schools and research centres, including the University of Surrey’s School of Medicine, the Surrey Sleep Centre and the Surrey Clinical Trials Unit. There will be opportunities to work on clinical trial data and health informatics data from multidisciplinary programmes, such as combining health data with genomic and other omics data.

Dissertation projects will also be offered within the Digital Health theme, the Section of Systems Biology, and the Section of Statistical Multi-Omics. There are also opportunities in the School of Veterinary Medicine to undertake projects on animal health using multidimensional data analysis and digital health approaches for companion animals.

Teaching staff

You’ll be taught by academics who are active researchers, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers. These may include:

Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI

Taking a different approach to much AI activity in the UK, our institute puts the needs of individuals and society at the very heart of everything it does. We believe that the starting point for AI should be people rather than technology. This people-centred approach drives our research and enables us to design AI technologies and systems which are ethical, responsible and inclusive.

Teaching

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Case studies
  • Lectures
  • Practical tutorials
  • Problem-based learning
  • Online learning
  • Seminars
  • Workshops.

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework and reading.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

We use a variety of methods to assess you, including coursework, essays, examinations and presentations.

Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.

We’ll prepare you to become a multidisciplinary scientist with the skills required to develop informatic technologies and applications that transform biology, medical research, and healthcare. Our course will offer a gateway to a range of career opportunities using AI, data sciences, health and biomedical informatics in sectors including:

  • Primary and secondary healthcare
  • Health registries and public health
  • Health, biomedical and bio high-tech industries
  • Pharma companies
  • Census data
  • Digital health including medical devices or fitness/health applications
  • Genomic, metabolomic and proteomic data
  • Environmental data.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

    Please note: this course is subject to validation, therefore no modules have been confirmed at this moment in time. These modules will appear once the course has been validated.

    Timetable

    Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

    Contact hours

    Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

    Entry requirements

    A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree or a recognised equivalent international qualification in computer science, informatics or biophysical sciences.

    We'll also consider candidates who have studied veterinary medicine, human medicine, nursing or an allied health professions course.

    International entry requirements by country

    Do I meet the requirements for this course?

    We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

    English language requirements

    IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7 in each element.

    View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

    If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

    Credit transfer

    The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.

    In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.

    Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (admissions@surrey.ac.uk) with any queries.

    Fees

    Start date: October 2023

    Full-time - 1 year

    UK
    To be confirmed
    Overseas
    To be confirmed

    Part-time - 2 years

    UK
    To be confirmed
    Overseas
    To be confirmed

    Please note:

    • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
    • If you are on a two-year full-time MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
    • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

    View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

    Admission information

    Our postgraduate admissions policy* provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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    Please note: the offer terms and conditions and registration terms and conditions which you will be asked to agree to may be different from those detailed in the examples. Our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will be available at the start of each academic year and will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

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    Subject to validation

    This programme is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes. These processes are a requirement for all Higher Education Institutions within the UK, to ensure that programmes are of the highest standard. Occasionally there may be instances where the University may delay or not approve the introduction of the programme.

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