Digital Health (MSc) 2020 entry
On the MSc in Digital Health, you will explore how healthcare is being transformed through data analysis and digital technologies. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of digital health principles, and practice and learn applied skills needed in digital health roles.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full-time; part-time study is not currently offered.
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- You should have some background in the scientific and mathematical methods that underpin digital health – ideally, through previous study in a scientific subject involving quantitative analysis. This might be through one of the following:
- a secondary school or high school level qualification (such as a Scottish Higher, A-Level, or International Baccalaureate) in a scientific discipline such computer science, biology, mathematics, medicine, physics, or statistics, or
- undergraduate-level modules in relevant subjects, or
- relevant professional experience.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The MSc in Digital Health welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. It will be of particular interest to those with a background in computer science, mathematics, or medicine.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some 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.
UK and EU: £9,450
Wednesday 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- A CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- A personal statement explaining:
- why you have applied for this course
- how it relates to your personal or professional ambitions
- how your academic and professional background show you have the skills needed to work effectively at postgraduate level.
- Two original signed academic references.
- Academic transcripts and degree certificates.
- Evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of modules offered at St Andrews, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
Each semester is organised around compulsory modules exploring digital health principles and practice.
- Digital Health Principles: covers how data is acquired and processed in medical settings, how clinical decisions are made, and how technology is changing the way in which these decisions are arrived at.
- Digital Health Practice: develops practical skills in addressing healthcare challenges through digital technology using real-world examples.
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.
Alongside the compulsory modules and the programming and quantitative methods modules, you will complete one or two other optional modules. Optional modules allow you to shape the degree around your own personal and professional interests.
Optional modules are expected to be offered in the following areas:
- data analysis
- data ethics and privacy
- implementation science principles
- information visualisation and visual analytics
- machine learning
- programming principles and practice.
Optional modules in other areas may be possible subject to availability and agreement.
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and attendance may be limited (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
The final module of the MSc degree is the summer research project. The project takes the form of a period of independent supervised research where you explore a digital health topic in depth.
You can choose to present your research project as:
- a policy report that emphasises your ability to critically assess digital health policy and make convincing recommendations for policy changes, or
- a multi-media portfolio that emphasises your ability to present digital health concepts in exciting and engaging ways, or
- a written dissertation that emphasises your ability to plan and execute academically rigorous research.
If students choose not to complete the project requirement for the MSc, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PG Cert or PGDip instead of an MSc.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.