MSc in Digital Health


50% fee discount and £7000 living stipend for scholarship recipients. UK, EU and International students are eligible and encouraged to apply. 

Programme overview 

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, Japan and the US, 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, Maths or Engineering subject we want to help you develop as a leader in this area

What our students say

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'The Digital Health MSc is helping me learn the data and programming skills I need. The final project looks really exciting, and I am looking forward to putting what I’ve learned into action.'

Michael Bird

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'I really enjoy the variety of teaching, my favourites are probably our modules on ethics, the healthcare systems, and learning how to code'. 

Rohin Athavale

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‘I would tell anyone considering the programme to be prepared to have fun but to keep an open mind as they will be exposed to a field of study that their educational background may have only partly or never prepared them for.’

Korede Sayaolu


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‌'The digital case studies and ethics classes are my favourites. I like both because I interact with my colleagues. Developing projects with them makes me understand different points of view regarding any topic.'

Maximiliano Vazquez Morales



Programme structure

Our MSc in Digital Health programme provides you with the necessary technological expertise and an understanding of the health landscape to forge a career in this innovative and vital field. The programme enables you to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new products and assess the ethical principles that guide the development of new health technologies. Learning alongside graduates from different disciplines, you will 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.

If you are entering with a degree in Computer Science or Engineering, you will take a bespoke unit in 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 a series of units on computer programming and statistics. 

You will then 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.

The programme also includes other core modules taken by both health and engineering specialists:

· 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.

Finally, you will undertake the MSc’s unique Digital Health project, which is closely modelled on the process of product development, including market analysis, analysing data, co-design with a real patient group, designing a clinical trial of your product and understanding the regulations it has to meet before it can be sold. This project has been designed with industry partners, ranging from corporates to SME’s, with the intention to prepare students for careers in industry, the healthcare sector and academia.


Exciting career opportunities to develop new digitally-enabled, personalised, health solutions 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).

Entry Requirements

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). 


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. 

Selected UK and overseas students could save 50 per cent off their fees for this programme and £7,000 towards their living expenses.

In addition, overseas students can apply for the University of Bristol Think Big Postgraduate Scholarships programme.


Apply Now

We are open for applications for September 2022 start. We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join our cohort. 

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