Taught course

Health Data Science

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Health Data Science course aims to create a new breed of scientist who can understand the healthcare sector and medicine, how data is collected and analysed, and how this can be communicated to influence various stakeholders.

The current model of healthcare delivery in the UK is subject to unprecedented challenges. An ageing population, the impact of lifestyle factors and increasing costs mean that the existing approaches may become unsustainable.

This, coupled with a drive towards personalised medicine, presents an opportunity for a step change in healthcare delivery.

To do this, we need to make best use of the health data we collect and create a better understanding of the relationship between treatments, outcomes, patients and costs.

This MSc promotes the need for translational thinking to provide the knowledge, skills and understanding that will be applied across new challenges within healthcare delivery.

Students from a variety of professional backgrounds will benefit from the course, as the structure of the MSc ensures that you will share this knowledge with each other and learn to work in multidisciplinary teams, rather than in specialist silos.

The course has eight taught units covering key skills for health data science. Seven units are core and there is one optional unit depending on training needs and background. For those studying for an MSc, there is also a 60-credit research project.

Information for international students

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (as defined by the UK Home Office ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: Overall 6.5 (6.0 in reading and writing)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (25 in reading and writing)

Most English language test results are only valid for two years and must be valid on the start date of the course.

Further information about requirements for your country is available.

If you envisage any difficulties in satisfying our English language requirements then please do let us know. The University offer a number of pre-sessional English courses designed specifically to help international students meet our requirements prior to the start of their course.

Self funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course. You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course.

This means that if you intend to begin a course on 18 September 2017, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 18 June 2017.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
6 months
part time
12/18 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 1798