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MSc Health Data Science at The University of Manchester
MSc Health Data Science
Develop the key skills you need to work as a health data scientist and help tackle challenges in healthcare.

MSc Health Data Science / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
MSc 3yPT/1yFT Dip 2yPT/1yFT Cert 12-18m PT/6m FT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) in a mathematics, statistics, computer science, physical science or biomedical science (including epidemiology, biological sciences or medicine/nursing) from a recognised institution or an approved and relevant postgraduate qualification (minimum postgraduate diploma or equivalent).

We may also accept the equivalent of previous advanced study, research and/or relevant professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying the candidate for entry.

In the case of non-UK applicants, the institution certifying advanced study must be recognised and approved by the University.

Candidates may be accepted for entry to the postgraduate diploma track with a Lower Second degree or under subject to interview, and be moved to the master's track on achieving suitable results in the taught part of the course.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. See the Application and selection section for details of the supporting documents that we require. We recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCert Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Learn how to work within a team to collect and interpret health data and use it to help solve healthcare delivery challenges.
  • Experience key technical skills and software for working with and manipulating health data.
  • Access sophisticated research and teaching facilities at the Medical Research Council's Health eResearch Centre (HeRC).
  • Open up a wealth of career opportunities in the NHS, industry and academia - an estimated 52,000 data scientists are needed in the UK alone.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £3,167; Year 2 £3,167; Year 3 £1,900
  • PGCert (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800
    International students (per annum): £7,200
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 1900; year 2 1900
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,600
    International students (per annum): £14,400
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800

The course fees include all the tuition, technical support and examinations required for the course.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of AP(E)L Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a PGCert, 45 credits to a PGDip and 60 credits to a master's.

If your AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and then the administrative charge is applied.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 275 1798
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health