Health Data Science MSc

University of St Andrews
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
St Andrews
September 2023
Application deadline: 10 August 2023

About this program

Health Data Science MSc

The MSc in Health Data Science explores the principles and practice of digital health as well as applied skills commonly needed for digital health careers.

Admission requirements

  • A 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
  • You should some have experience in statistical data analysis and some familiarity with methods such as sampling and regression. This might be through one of the following:
  • an advanced secondary school or high school level qualification in statistics or another quantitative scientific subject
  • undergraduate-level modules in a quantitative scientific subject
  • relevant professional experience.
  • Experience in computer programming is useful but is not essential.
  • computer science
  • mathematics
  • medicine
  • public health
  • software engineering
  • statistics.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

English language proficiency

If English is not your first language, you may need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Digital Health Principles
  • Introductory Data Analysis

Semester 2

  • Digital Health Practice
  • Biomedical imaging and sensing

All students will normally take modules in programming and quantitative methods in Semester 1 unless they have a sufficient background in computer science and data analysis or statistics. These modules complement the core modules.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Each taught module will use teaching and learning methods appropriate to its aims. These may include seminars, workshops, lectures, tutorials, and independent study.


  • Home: £11,120
  • Overseas: £27,230

Career paths

The University of St. Andrews’ global reputation makes its graduates highly valued by employers. The MSc in Health Data Science is aimed at students intending to follow a career in digital health, and you will develop skills commonly needed for digital health-related careers in healthcare settings, pharmaceutical companies, medical technology industries, and government.

In addition to broadening your subject knowledge and applying established techniques of research and enquiry, you will develop and demonstrate essential skills including:

  • critical thinking and creativity
  • analysis and appraisal
  • problem solving and decision making
  • personal leadership and project management
  • interpersonal communication and team working

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University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first University. As a 600 year-old institution, we are known across the globe for our world leading quality and depth of research. For six centuries some of the world’s brightest and most promising...

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Why study at University of St Andrews

Studying in St Andrews is a unique and rewarding experience that will take your skills and knowledge to the next level.

Students at St Andrews have access to some of the world’s best professors and lecturers and a degree from the University of St Andrews is sought after by employers around the world.

In addition to award-winning teaching and research, the University of St Andrews has an array of facilities which result in high levels of student satisfaction and a world class reputation.

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University of St Andrews

St Katharine's West
KY16 9AX St Andrews

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