Health Data Science

MSc

  • Entry Year 2022
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 24 Months

Overview

Deep statistical thinking combined with expertise in health and computer science is becoming increasingly fundamental in tackling public health problems across the world. The MSc in Health Data Science will equip you with advanced technical skills which will allow you to develop a career as a data-scientist in the health and care sector.

£10,000 Scholarships are available to eligible applicants. Find out more on our data science scholarship webpage.

The MSc in Health Data Science, consists of an initial set of 4 core modules: “Statistical methods and models for health research”, “Programming for Health Data Science”, “Fundamentals for Health Data Science” and “Introduction to applied epidemiology”. These will allow you to develop and consolidate foundational skills in the three main areas of Health Data Science: epidemiology, statistics and computer science.

On completion of these modules, you will then progress onto one of two pathways: “Global health” or “Health informatics”.

The “Global Health” pathway further develops your skills in statistical science with a focus on spatio-temporal methods of analysis of infectious diseases and how these are used to inform health policy decisions. The modules of the “Health Informatics'' pathway will focus on developing your knowledge and statistical skills in the analysis of routinely collected health data and in the economic evaluation of health care.

These two pathways will open you new career opportunities as a data-scientist of a multidisciplinary team within international and national public health organizations and health care providers.

In addition to these taught modules, you will also undertake a 12-week project as part of a placement with one of our partners, which include the World Health Organization and the National Health Service. This will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to real-world situations and challenges, allowing you to gain valuable professional experience as a part of a multidisciplinary team.

The placement project represents a substantial, independent research project. Supervised by an academic specialist, you will develop your ability to formulate a project plan, gather and analyse data, interpret your results, and present findings in a professional environment. This research will be an opportunity to bring together everything you have learnt over the year, expand your problem-solving abilities and manage a significant project. This will be a great experience for you to draw upon in an interview and in your career.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant discipline including: Statistics, Epidemiology, Computer Science, Economics, Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences, or similar.

We may also consider non-standard applicants based upon experience and merit, please contact the Programme Director for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £11,990 £5,995
International £25,700 £12,850

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Data Science Scholarships

If you plan to study for a Masters in Health Data Science, you may be eligible for an Office for Students scholarship. There are up to six (6) scholarships available for students commencing their studies in October 2022, each worth £10,000.

About the scholarships

The Office for Students scholarships aim to increase diversity in the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and Data Science sector in the UK, and to support students from underrepresented groups to access higher education.

Students who are successful in their scholarship application will be awarded £10,000.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply on our Data Science Scholarships webpage.

See below for quick links to the application form and guidance on how to complete it.

Scholarships Information Accordion

A brief introduction to some of the modules you'll take on the Health Data Science MSc.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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