MSc Digital Health

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Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

The future of Health is Digital. 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 the risk of future pandemics and the health needs of ageing populations in countries worldwide, 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.  

Our MSc in Digital Health provides you with the necessary technological expertise and understanding of the health landscape to forge a career in this innovative and vital field. You will evaluate the safety and efficacy of new products, assessing the ethical principles that guide the development of new health technologies alongside graduates from different disciplines. You will be equipped with the necessary skills to work in these multidisciplinary health sectors.


The MSc has 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. Selected UK and overseas students could save 50 per cent off their fees for this programme and £7,000 towards their living expenses. Find out more about the studentships here.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
Overseas: full-time

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

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.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

Selected UK and overseas students could save 50 per cent off their fees for this programme and £7,000 towards their living expenses thanks to funding from HDR UK. Find out more about the studentships here.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The MSc provides you with the necessary interdisciplinary skills needed to become a leader in the field of Digital Health.

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 a data analytics and modelling in health unit.  

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.  

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 (eg 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:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


The 2020/21 pandemic has accelerated the trend to digitisation of healthcare. Not only do we need technologies for the management of long-term conditions, but we need technologies that can do that without bringing patients into clinical facilities and hospitals. Many health providers are now rapidly moving on-line, looking for resilience to future pandemics and to prioritise face to face health care for situations in which it is necessary.

Many 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 (Apple, Google, Amazon, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung, Huawei, Arm, amongst others).

Expected application closure date

Applications for 2022 have now closed and will reopen for 2023 entry in October 2022.

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REF 2021 results

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