MSc Data Science for Health and Social Care

Our online programme

The MSc Data Science for Health and Social Care aims to equip learners with a range of skills, tools and understanding to use the transformational power of data to improve health and wellbeing, and the management of care systems, locally and globally. 

Link to the application page

About the programme

This is a part-time online programme taught over 3 years.  It is designed for professionals at different career stages with varying exposures to data science or  for  those at the beginning of shaping their careers in this area.  We accept applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. The programme is 100% online.  We estimate you will need to commit to 10-12 study hours per week.

The programme is suitable for:

  • professionals working in Health and Social Care delivery 
  • health professionals seeking to develop skills in data science, epidemiology and statistics 
  • those working with a computing background who wish to acquire advanced data science skills in health/social care context 
  • those seeking to develop skills in digital health 

Link to find out if this programme is suitable for you.

Why first-year student, Costa Wesele, chose this programme

Video: Hear what Costa Wesele thinks about studying with us
Costa Wesele is a first-year student on our MSc Data Science for Health and Social Care programme. Watch this video to hear what he thinks about his time with us, why he selected this particular programme, skills he developed on the programme that are immediately transferable to a career, and how peer learning is so critical for further development.

Programme structure

For this online programme you can choose to complete:

  • a one year postgraduate certificate - 60 credits
  • a two year postgraduate diploma - total 120 credits
  • three years of study to receive a Master’s degree - total 180 credits

We also offer stand-alone courses as Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD).

Some courses from other programmes are available to you.

Link to more information about PPD courses

Link to find out more about how the programme is structured

 Current student Mohamed Shoaeir shares his thoughts on studying this programme 

Video: Current student Mohamed Shoaeir shares his thoughts on studying DSHSC
Watch a short video by current student Mohamed Shoaeir, who shares his thoughts on studying our MSc Data Science for Health and Social Care

How you will study with us

Our programme is 100% online. You can join from anywhere in the world so long as you have access to the internet. You will not need to visit Edinburgh in person at any time during your study with us. 

You will have access to the University of Edinburgh library and all our student support systems. 

Link to find out more about student support 

Our online students work on a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Blackboard LEARN. Technical support is available 24 hours a day. On this platform you will access course content, reading lists and discussion fora with your fellow students, and you will interact with the programme teaching and administration teams. You will upload your assignments here and receive marks and feedback. 

Link to more information about LEARN

Link to information about technical requirements for online study with us

Video: online learning
Online learning and the benefits

Link to semester dates

Link to flexible study options

Link to support for students

Global Health Academy

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Link to Global Health Academy