MSc Healthcare and Design

Drawing on the complementary knowledge and expertise of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art

Key information

2 years part-time

Start date
October 2017

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

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The MSc in Healthcare and Design is an interdisciplinary programme that draws on the complementary knowledge and expertise of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. The programme is offered part-time over two years with 8 individual weeks of intensive teaching (four blocks of two weeks). The programme runs alongside an MRes programme awarded by the Royal College of Art. The Imperial MSc programme has been designed for clinicians and healthcare professionals, while the RCA programme is aimed at design professionals.

The two separate programmes build on the partnership between Imperial and the RCA exemplified by the HELIX Centre, a design studio in St Mary’s Hospital bringing designers and clinicians together for the first time to solve healthcare challenges. A key objective of the HELIX Centre is to catalyse more innovative approaches to improving health and healthcare through human centred design. This programme will equip students from a wide range of professional practice backgrounds with the tools and techniques to develop their own disruptive ideas as well as instigate and lead innovation in healthcare systems, services and spaces.

Programme structure

Face-to-face teaching will take place in each module during one-week-long intensive sessions when students will be exposed to world leading experts and facilities from both Imperial and the RCA, and will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of formative and summative assessment individual and group activities. Combined with the face-to-face teaching, e-learning and blended learning modules will offer students the opportunity to advance their learning, achieve the specified learning outcomes and demonstrate their progress.

The majority of modules (six out of eight modules) are shared between the two programmes, with two introductory modules designed specifically for each cohort to introduce the principles of design and healthcare respectively.

The research project will be supervised by Imperial but with the option of students have a second supervisor from the RCA. In addition, students may choose to undertake this research project in their workplaces, and to manage this we may utilise ‘subject experts’ in workplaces to provide additional support to students.

Entry requirements

Normally, a 2:1 UK Bachelor’s Honours Degree or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard.

Students will either have a clinical background or will have other healthcare experience. Students with design experience/qualifications will be directed towards the Royal College of Art’s MRes programme. As the programme is part-time, we would expect students to be employed and we will require a letter of permission from their employer.

Is this programme for you?

This programme has been specifically designed to suit professionals working in or allied to the healthcare system or those with experience of the healthcare space who wish to develop the skills to advance an entrepreneurial idea. The programme has been developed for part-time delivery, allowing you to attend without having to take a year out of your career. We are also encouraging you to complete your research in your own place of work (under Imperial's supervision), allowing you to embed the knowledge and skills you have learned into your own area of practice.

Key benefits

  • You will be exposed to a world-class faculty who can provide knowledge based learning and encourage critical awareness of the current issues. You will be encouraged to translate this into your own professional practice
  • You will be taught a range of research techniques, alongside tools and frameworks that can be used in the field of design and innovation
  • You will be expected to develop your skills, including collaborative multi-disciplinary working, decision-making, continuing professional development and problem solving amongst others transferable skills