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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Health Data Science combines health research, statistics and computing sciences to address health and care problems using data. Our MSc programme enables students from both healthcare and computational backgrounds to develop their health data science skills, supported by an interdisciplinary team of academics, NHS and industrial partners.

The University has been awarded funding for up to six scholarships to cover tuition fees for Scottish and EU students joining the MSc Health Data Science programme in September 2020.

Nationally and internationally there is a critical shortage in data intensive analytic capacity applied to healthcare. The effective and efficient use of data has the potential to create the transformative step change needed through targeting health and care improvement.

Our interdisciplinary MSc in Health Data Science aims to develop the next generation of health data scientists. The programme is delivered by academics from our Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science (ACHDS). The Centre for Health Data Science aims are to create innovative, interdisciplinary, data science solutions to the big challenges for health and health care, to improve health for individuals, local communities and globally.

The programme offers a wide range of specialist elective options to allow students to build a personalised masters depending on their background, interests and skills and includes a work-based placement or research project. At the end of the programme students will be able to evaluate, critique and demonstrate competency in the practical application of current data intensive analytical methods and current health and care research methods.

The MSc is ideally suited to healthcare professionals who wish to develop data health science skills or for students from computational and/or data intensive science backgrounds who wish to work in the health sector.

Health Data Science is a rapid growth area and the Academy for Medical Sciences and Health Foundation have both identified the significant shortage of skilled workforce in this field. This shortage is recognised in both the UK and internationally.

Graduates will have the skills needed for a range of careers in Academia, NHS and Industry that involve the analysis and interpretation of health data. Students completing this programme with a commendation or above would also be eligible for consideration to undertake PhD study in this area.

Tuition fees

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£ 21,500per year

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University information

University of Aberdeen

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 40 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    7th out of 35 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    239 99%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100 100%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.40 88%



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