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FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR SEPTEMBER 2021 ENTRY. 50% fee discount and £7000 living stipend for scholarship recipients. UK and international students are eligible and encouraged to apply.
The future of Health is Digital – the pandemic has accelerated the move away from face-to-face care, especially for long term chronic health conditions. We urgently need new technologies for understanding, preventing, diagnosing and managing illnesses that affect millions of people, such as diabetes, depression and dementia.
The Digital Health industry is expected to grow six times in size over the next 5 years, at a rate of nearly 30% a year. Driven by both the risk of future pandemics and the health needs of ageing populations in countries such as the UK, France, Germany, China, Singapore,
Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper-second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. This can be either a STEM-related subject (e.g. computer science, engineering, maths, biomedical engineering) or a health-related discipline (e.g. life sciences, medicine, health sciences, psychology, neuroscience, nursing or an allied health profession).
What motivated you to apply for the programme?
My particular interest in health behaviours sparked when studying Health Psychology and Biopsychosocial Issues in Ageing modules in my final year. I found the MSc Digital Health programme and was intrigued as I thought it would help me engage in the technological aspects of healthcare, with the practical application of my Psychology degree. I thought the MSc would pull on all my strengths, whilst also teaching me something completely new, with regards to computer programming.
What skills have you developed during the MSc so far? How do you think these will be useful once you finish?
The Sensing Technologies for Diagnostics and Monitoring coursework allowed us to showcase a whole variety of new skills; from innovative biosensor design, to understanding technical approaches and routes to market, and developing a Grant Application as the overall business plan. Another module which has been very new to me is Introduction to Computer Programming. Learning how to code in Python and MATLAB has been a challenge but there is no better feeling than when your code runs correctly! The MSc has also helped me continue to develop skills from my undergraduate degree, particularly in Statistics and Research Methods.
What have been your highlights of the course so far? What are you looking forward to doing in the course to come?
I have enjoyed how interactive the seminars are, and being able to work with people from different disciplines. This is why I am especially excited for the summer project; working in multidisciplinary groups to work through the whole process of product development. I like the sound of this style of project, as I think it will benefit all of us in our future careers.
What advice would you give to people considering applying?
I would say to go for it because it is a great course to be on to be able to learn from people from all different backgrounds and expertise. The course is small which is great as it allows for easy collaboration and support from one another. The MSc is a very challenging and busy year, however the ways in which the course is taught really feels like they are setting you on the right track for future careers.
Health Data Research UK (HDR-UK) is an independent, non profit organisation supported by major UK funders. Its mission is to make health data research and innovation happen at scale. Following an open national competition, we’re delighted that the MSc in Digital Health was awarded financial support from HDR-UK from 2019-2022.
This funding allows us to offer financial support every year to approximately eight students admitted into the MSc in Digital Health programme. This studentship funding is awarded competitively on academic merit by Bristol’s Digital Health management team.:
£12,800 - £19,350 (fee discount + living costs)
Selected UK and overseas students are eligible to 50 per cent off their fees for this programme and £7,000 towards their living expenses.
If you wish to be considered for financial support please say so within your application. You will need to complete the normal application process, including interview. If we offer you a place with financial support, you will need to accept it within two weeks of the offer being made.