MSc Digital HealthFind a programme
New programme for 2020
|Faculty||Faculty of Engineering|
|Programme length||One year full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2020|
Digital technologies are vital to the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and management of illnesses such as diabetes, depression and dementia with smartphone apps, wearable monitors and smart home systems now able to gather data on a person’s health condition within their community. Using this data in their decision-making, health and care professionals can help patients manage their own illness, support independent living and deliver therapies.
If you have a first degree in a Health Science, Computer Science, Life Science, Maths or Engineering subject and want to develop as a leader in this field, our MSc in Digital Health provides you with the necessary technological expertise and an understanding of the health landscape in order to maintain empathy with the patient’s needs and an eye to new business opportunities.
If you’re from an Engineering or Computer Sciences background, you’ll be introduced to relevant aspects of health. If you have a Health Science or Life Science background you will be introduced to coding, data analysis and e-health.
The course enables you to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new products and assess the ethical principles that guide the development of new health technologies. You’ll finally undertake a summer project, usually inspired by a real need in the NHS or industry.
Learning alongside graduates from different disciplines, you’ll become both a digital health expert and a strong team player - equipped with the skills to work in multidisciplinary environments within industry and state-provided health and social care services.
You’ll be based in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, one of the leading research-intensive departments in the UK and home to the nation’s only Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health, benefiting from its strong connections to companies in this rapidly growing industrial sector. The MSc has also been awarded funding from Health Data Research UK (HDR-UK), one of only six UK universities to be supported by this national flagship organisation for health data science.
Fees for 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2020/21
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The course consists of core units including:
· An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
· Responsible Innovation in Digital Health
· An Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics
· Sensing Technology for Diagnostics and Monitoring
· People and Systems in Healthcare.
You’ll have the opportunity to work together in groups in a Case Study unit, which is a problem-based approach to draw together learning from the other units.
If you are entering with a degree in Computer Science or Engineering, you will take a bespoke unit in the Foundations of Health and Wellbeing looking at a ‘cradle to grave’ view of the illnesses that affect the population at all stages of life.
If you have a degree in Health Sciences or Life Sciences, you will complete an Introductory Programming unit using the Python programming language and an Introduction to Data Modelling unit.
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 discipline (e.g. computer science, engineering) or a health-related discipline (e.g. life sciences, medicine, health sciences, psychology, neuroscience, nursing or an allied health profession).
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
The Digital Health industry is one of the fastest growing, both internationally and in the UK, with official reports stating that the sector is increasing at a rate of 15% per year. Driven by the health needs of ageing populations in countries such as the UK, France, Germany, China, Singapore, Japan and the US, this growth is expected to continue for decades to come.
Exciting career opportunities to develop new digitally-enabled, personalised, health solutions therefore exist within academia, the charitable sector, and health providers in many different countries (e.g. the UK’s NHS), as well as myriad companies that have active health research and development programs (such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung, Huawei, Arm amongst others).
1 August 2020
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REF 2014 results
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- 45% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
- 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
- 5% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)
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