Taught course

Health Data Science

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine · Department of Epidemiology and Population Health

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to an LSHTM master's degree programme, an applicant must:

  • hold either a first degree at Second Class Honours (2:2) standard in a relevant discipline, or a degree in medicine recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of practising medicine in the UK, or another degree of equivalent standard awarded by an overseas institution recognised by UK ENIC or the GMC.


  • hold a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed obtained by written examinations and judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above.


  • have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above.

If you have not previously studied in the UK, you can check our guide to international equivalent qualifications for our master's degrees.

Relevant subjects and appropriate qualifications for the MSc Health Data Science include mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering and computer science. Other life science qualifications will be considered subject to evidence within transcripts of sufficient quantitative exposure (please make this evidence clear within the application). Free online courses (e.g. Coursera Data Science) undertaken by the applicant will also be considered at the application stage.

After submitting an application, the Programme Director will email a pre-entry assessment to evaluate the applicants quantitative and programming knowledge. This assessment must be completed to move further in the application process. The 60-90 minute online assessment will review the applicant's knowledge in Probability and Statistics, Linear Algebra, Functions, Calculus, Combinatorics and Programming/Programming logic (prior exposure to writing programming syntax is essential). View the previous pre-entry assessment as an example.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirement, but who have relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B.

It is possible to apply without English language test results however the results of a test may be listed as a condition of an offer of admission. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

Intercalating students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at LSHTM.

Access and widening participation

At LSHTM we are committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds feel encouraged to apply to study with us. To that end, we have introduced an innovative contextual admissions system that is designed to consider any barriers applicants may have faced and take account of the circumstances in which their grades have been achieved, rather than relying on results alone. More information on widening participation at LSHTM.

Months of entry


Course content

The amount of health data available today is vast. That information has huge potential to improve health around the world, but only if it’s properly managed, analysed, and communicated. Study MSc Health Data Science at LSHTM to combine your passion for healthcare with your technical knowledge – and help identify new ways to prevent, treat, and cure disease.
Over one year (full time) or two years (part time or split study), you’ll develop the specialist skills you need to become a successful and in-demand health data scientist. Immerse yourself in an inspiring environment where world leaders in subjects like machine learning, electronic health records and epidemiology are pushing boundaries.
What you will learn
  • Discover how mathematics, programming, statistics, epidemiology, and informatics combine in this emerging discipline
  • Build your quantitative, computational, and practical data management skills as you apply statistical and machine learning approaches to analysing health data
  • Develop the professional skills you’ll depend on in your career, such as teamwork, project management, and presentation
  • Find out how and where data are collected and what that means for their quality, accessibility, and bias
  • Study ethical, security, and governance issues around collecting, storing, and using personal information.

Find out more about the MSc Health Data Science programme on the LSHTM website.

Information for international students

The final closing dates for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2024/25 academic year is Sunday 21 July 2024 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa.

Find out more about the MSc Health Data Science programme on the LSHTM website.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see the LSHTM website.
International students
Please see the LSHTM website.

For up to date information on funding available for postgraduate programmes at LSHTM, please visit our website.

Early application fee reduction for UK MSc Students 2024-25

Apply early and lock-in lower fees. If you are a student from the UK (and have a home fee status), you will be eligible to receive a 5% reduction in your tuition fee if you submit your application by Friday 5 April 2024 and subsequently register onto one of our in-person MSc programmes (some exclusions apply, see detailed terms and conditions).

You must be applying for full-time study on a programme starting in September 2024; be funding your fees yourself; and be a new applicant.

If you meet the above criteria and submit your application by the deadline, you will automatically receive the tuition fee discount.

Next Generation Scholarships

LSHTM is offering 10 scholarships to support students in the completion of an MSc degree at LSHTM. These initiatives are designed to enable excellent students from groups who have been historically underrepresented in Higher Education at the postgraduate level to study, feel a sense of belonging and succeed at LSHTM. Find out more and apply by 6 April 2024.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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