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Our Health Data Analytics course has been created to train a new generation of leaders in Health Data Science, Biostatistics, Medical Statistics, and Epidemiology. It will prepare you with the specialist skills needed for analysing and interpreting ‘big data’ in the settings of population health and healthcare delivery.

The course is delivered by expert staff at the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) and is unique in the UK for specialising in the analysis of real-world health data for causal inference. LIDA is an internationally recognised centre for data science and recently partnered with the Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. Module lecturers Prof Mark Gilthorpe and Dr Peter Tennant are themselves Fellows of the Alan Turing Institute, in recognition of their world-leading contributions to health data science.

Make an impact

The data revolution promises to transform our understanding of health and deliver new insights into the development of therapies and delivery of health care. Unlocking this potential requires a similar revolution in data analytic skills that combines new and emerging statistical skills with advanced scientific and critical reasoning. Our course provides the professional and technical skills training to support the development of a health research career in your chosen area.

Course highlights

  • The UK’s only postgraduate course specialising in causal inference for ‘real world' health data.
  • Expert training in how to overcome pitfalls and malpractices of ‘real world’ data analysis (unique for postgraduate taught programmes world-wide).
  • State-of-the-art training in modelling for prediction and causal inference (unique for UK postgraduate taught programmes).
  • Extensive access to routine health and medical data maintained within Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA).
  • Novel and clinically-relevant project opportunities, supervised by research leaders, and leading to scientific manuscripts suitable for peer-reviewed publication.

Career opportunities

Our course is designed for recent graduates with an interest in health data science including those seeking a career in quantitative health research, either within industry, the public sector, or academia, or advanced data analytics within a healthcare or health intelligence setting. Upon graduating you will be at the forefront of the discipline of health data science and have advanced knowledge and skills appropriate to a range of careers involving the analysis and interpretation of ‘real world’ health data.

Recent graduate destinations include:

Many of our students also chose to study advanced postgraduate research degrees (such as PhDs and MDs) before going onto more senior positions in industry or the public sector.

There is demand for students and academic staff with excellent statistical skills, an enquiring attitude, and a broader understanding of the research environment. Our graduates are attractive to employers in academic research, health and social care and industry. Prospective employers value their technical expertise and research understanding. They also value the professional skills gained, including writing a grant application and a paper of submission quality.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


Visit the Health Data Analytics MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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