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  Digital Health - MSc

University of Bristol    Faculty of Engineering

Full time September MSc 1 year full-time
Biological Sciences (4) Computer Science (8) Engineering (12) Nursing & Health (27) Social Work (32)

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Are you ready to shape the future of healthcare? The MSc in Digital Health at our university is here to equip you with the necessary skills and expertise to become a leader in this rapidly growing field. Whether you have a background in health sciences, computer science, engineering, or mathematics, this programme offers a multidisciplinary approach to digital health. You'll delve into topics such as artificial intelligence, epidemiology, statistics, and sensing technologies. The highlight of the programme is the Digital Health Project, where you'll work on a real-world challenge alongside industry partners. Join us and pave the way for innovative and personalized healthcare solutions.

About the course

The future of health is digital. 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 five years, at a rate of nearly 30% a year. Driven by the risk of future pandemics and the health needs of ageing populations in countries worldwide, this growth is expected to continue for decades to come.

The demand for graduates in this area is therefore unprecedented. If you have a first degree in a health science, computer science, life science, mathematics or engineering subject, we want to help you develop as a leader in this area.

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Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in a STEM discipline or a health-related discipline. Unfortunately applicants with a degree in Civil Engineering or Aerospace Engineering will not be considered suitable for this programme.

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Bristol


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Student Profile

Ellen McKay, MSc student 2020-21

Graduated in 2020

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.

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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.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off fees and £7,000 towards living costs*


Both UK and overseas students are eligible for HDRUK funding.

Application Procedure

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.

*Please note that this is a partial scholarship and students will need to find additional sources of funding, such as those listed on the University of Bristol website:

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