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Health Data Science MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees
Annual tuition fee for 2022/23:
UK: £9,810 full-time
International: £25,740 full-time
More details on fees and funding
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This programme will provide students with a diversity of skills with hands-on expertise in harmonizing, integrating and analysing multimodal healthcare data.

Birmingham Masters Scholarships

We are offering over 200 awards of £2,000 to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2022-23.

The deadline for applications is Friday 1 July 2022.

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This programme is ideally suited to the needs of future health data scientists, enabling them to perform analyses and develop novel tools and methods for this rapidly growing field. It is aimed at students with diverse backgrounds from biomedical/medical domains, including clinical trainees, as well as computer science, mathematics and statistics to conduct their own analyses, and also to create the next generation of cutting-edge health data scientists who will be able to develop new tools and methods matching the latest technological advancements.

Students will learn about the breadth of health data science, from medicine and biology, over ethics and health care systems and clinical practice, to mathematical modelling and computer science. They will be able to design, perform and enhance analyses with the appropriate methods and technologies to address practical medical and clinical questions.

The MSc Health Data Science leverages University teaching staff diversity – including biomedical, clinical, social, engineering, computer science, informatics, computational, mathematical and applied health sciences – alongside that of our external partners. This will deliver training across the breadth of health data science and research from clinical bioinformatics, health informatics, epidemiology, clinical systems, patient-focused systems, bioinformatics and omics analytics. This environment caters for a diverse and rich, real-world, real- time environment within which our student cohort will be embedded to receive practical delivery of essential skills that will develop their abilities to conduct 21st century health data science.

This bespoke health data science programme is designed around four different, complementary themes:

  • Health Data & Skills - ‘How?’ (3 modules)
  • Health Data & the Expert - ‘What?’ (2 modules)
  • Health Data & the Patient - ‘Why?’ (1 module)
  • Health Data & Research - ‘Now!’ (1 module)

Why study this course?

Students on the Health Data Science programme will:

  • be embedded within a unique,  diverse, collaborative, interdisciplinary ecosystem integrating academic, NHS and industry and exposed to a rich training ground for the next generation of health data scientists.
  • acquire principles/skills governing health data science, their foundations, and experience/training in their effective application within real world healthcare settings.
  • gain an in depth understanding of  healthcare systems, their underlying ethics and governance structures as well as of the role current/potential future applications of health data science in delivery of patient-centred care alongside patient-provider interactions and wider aspects of healthcare delivery.
  • understand how health data science skills can revolutionise utilisation of the relatively untapped resource of healthcare data and patient-specific genome information for research, clinical care and innovation in the 21st century.
  • learn the value different types and values of health information, of health information systems and their integration, and the role of information-related technologies in delivering healthcare.
  • gain practical experience of working within diverse, multi-disciplinary environments across the healthcare sector and associated industries, and develop effective communication and delivery skills within the wider healthcare landscape.

Modules

  • Foundations of Computing Practices in Health Data Science (20 credits)
  • Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics (20 credits)
  • Data Analytics & Statistical Machine Learning (20 credits)
  • Health Data Fundamentals (20 credits)
  • Epidemiology and Health Informatics (20 credits)
  • Integrative Multimodal Data Analytics (20 credits)
  • Interdisciplinary Health Data Research Project (60 credits)

Fees

2022/23:

MSc

  • UK: £9,810 full-time, £4,905 part-time
  • International: £25,740 full-time, £12,870 part-time


Are you an international applicant?

All international applicants to this course will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £2,000 on receipt of an offer, to secure their place.

Find out more about the deposit >>.

 

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

As a UK resident you can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.

Birmingham Masters Scholarships

We are offering over 200 awards of £2,000 to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2022-23.

The deadline for applications is Friday 1 July 2022.

Apply now  

How To Apply

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Application deadlines

The deadline for International students (including EU) to apply is Friday 1 July 2022. The deadline for UK students is Wednesday 31 August 2022.

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Our Standard Requirements

A 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in biology, mathematics, computer science or other relevant subject.

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of international qualifications - use the dropdown box below to select your country and see the equivalencies to the above UK requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

If you are made an offer of a place to study and you do not already meet the language requirement, you have the option to enrol on our English for Academic Purposes Presessional Course. If you successfully complete this, you will be able to fulfil the language requirement without needing to take a further qualification.

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Assessment Methods

Foundations of Computing Practices in Health Data Science (20 credits) 
Short written essay, oral presentation and computer-based problem solving exercises

Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics (20 credits)
Written exam and computer-based problem solving exercises

Data Analytics & Statistical Machine Learning (20 credits)
Short written essay, oral group presentation and computer-based problem solving exercises

Health Data Fundamentals (20 credits)
Essay and a presentation

Epidemiology and Health Informatics (20 credits)
Written exam and written essay

Interdisciplinary Health Data Research Project (60 credits)
Written thesis and oral presentation

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