MSc Medical Statistics and Health Data Science

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New programme for 2022

Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
Two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time over two years; Part-time study requires daytime weekday attendance on specific days each year (usually 1-2 days);
Start date October 2022

Programme overview

The MSc in Medical Statistics and Data Science will enable you to engage with the complex statistical and data science healthcare challenges facing the global community, providing high-quality training in statistical and computational methods that are applicable to low-, middle- and high-income settings. 

As a medical statistician you will play a vital role in improving the health of populations by conducting statistical research (such as designing clinical trials and epidemiological studies, analysing data and interpreting results) to advance medical knowledge, track or prevent diseases and improve medications and treatments.  

Challenges have arisen over the last decade in the increasing availability of enormous electronic datasets related to human health and healthcare. Data science combines mathematics, statistics and programming tools to enable analysis of these very large and diverse datasets.  

You will be trained in the theory and practice of cutting-edge methods in medical statistics and data science (including causal inference, machine learning and data mining). Teaching will focus on building strong quantitative and computational skills, and effective interpretation and communication of research findings. All concepts, skills and tools are illustrated using real-life case studies and health-related data. You will gain professional skills - such as teamwork, presentation skills and writing for publication - essential for a successful medical statistician and data scientist. 

Population Health Sciences is a leading centre for research, with numerous opportunities for PhD study and employment on research projects. Internationally recognised for excellence in the development and dissemination of research methodology spanning the design of randomised trials, statistical methods and data science approaches, you will benefit from this established expertise as a student on the MSc.

Fees for 2022/23

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

UK: full-time
UK: part-time (two years)
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

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

Programme structure

Teaching methods include lectures, practicals, group work, workshops and seminars. All but two units are compulsory; the dissertation is also compulsory and is undertaken during the final term and over the summer. The programme will introduce you to the statistical software R for statistical computing and graphics, and data handling, manipulation and analysis.

The taught units will contribute 120 credits and the dissertation 60 credits to the overall degree. Your dissertation, on a research topic of your choice, will take the form of a journal article and a poster presentation, opening the possibility of submission for publication.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Medical Statistics and Data Science.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Degree must have a strong quantatative element. 

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 B
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


You will gain the knowledge and skills to undertake a career in a wide range of professional settings including universities, research institutes, the pharmaceutical industry, public health data analysis units, central government, national health services, and other private and public organisations collecting and analysing health-related data.

With a shortage of well-trained medical statisticians and data scientists, as a graduate you will be in high demand. You will also be well placed to apply for a PhD in a range of population health research topics. The MSc prepares you to move into a career which, with further work experience and training, could develop into leadership roles, such as academics (lecturers, senior lecturers and professors of medical statistics and data science), directors of research and development in pharmaceutical companies and biotech start-ups, strategic directors of health charities or public health government policy advisers, and health data scientists in public, charity and private sector.

Expected application closure date

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

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