Taught course

Digital Health

University of Central Lancashire · School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should hold at least 2:2 degree in related subject.
  • Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have experience.
  • Recognition of Prior and Work Based Learning in accordance with University regulations may be available.
  • A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application.
  • IELTS: Score of at least 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Be part of a digital health-ready workforce as the global market expands to reach a predicted £408 billion by 2025. Our MSc Digital Health will equip you to work in the digitally-literate healthcare organisations of the 21st century.

This programme is only available as an online distance learning course, which provides high quality learning and teaching combined with flexible study.

It’s becoming increasingly important for doctors and healthcare professionals to be able to exploit digital opportunities in healthcare - improving patient outcomes, delivering safe care more efficiently and effectively, and bridging the gap between health and social care teams.

We’ll equip you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to capitalise on digital health technologies to deliver community healthcare, particularly to disadvantaged, remote and rural patients, in a way that minimises risk while maximising access.

This course is delivered through distance learning, so you'll engage in a range of lectures, discussions and tutorials within an online environment.


  • You’ll develop an understanding of the pragmatic use of digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence/robotics and wearables, in the NHS.
  • Tailor your study to your career aspirations, professional or organisational needs and interests. Because this programme is online, you can fit your studies around your work and other commitments.
  • Each award threshold enables you to engage in a programme that suits you while building to a comprehensive knowledge base. Choose the relevant qualification to enhance your work in health or health technology industries.


  • You’ll be joining the course at a time of fast-paced change in the NHS and digital healthcare developments. You’ll learn from a course team with a wealth of experience, knowledge, networks and, above all, passion.
  • You’ll develop a range of clinical and non-clinical skills and have the opportunity to reflect on how these can be used in your practice.
  • The MSc Digital Health programme is not just about skills development. It includes academic development, so you can ensure that your clinical practice is research-informed.


The MSc Digital Health is a remotely delivered modular programme, allowing for a fully distance-based package of learning.

Teaching and learning methods will vary depending on your chosen pathway through the course, but typically include lectures, live and recorded seminars, chat boards, workshops, action-learning sets and use of Blackboard (virtual learning) resources. You’ll have support from online tutors through both webinars and one-to-one online sessions.

You’ll engage in work-based learning activities, including projects which are relevant to your own area of practice and will support your professional development.

Assessment takes place online, and we’ll provide you with rapid feedback and opportunities to reflect on your progress. Throughout the course you may be asked to complete reflective coursework, e-portfolios, presentations or viva, written summaries and case studies.


There are two alternative exit awards available:

  • Digital Health, PGCert
  • Digital Health, PGDip

You can then opt to progress to the MSc by undertaking either of the following pathways:

  • Research methods module and thesis
  • Evidence-based practice module and professional project


This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to thrive as healthcare evolves to take advantage of digital technologies. There’s an increasing need for digital-based healthcare solutions to meet the changing needs and expectations of patients, and to evolve with developments in information management and technology.

Alongside this increasing need, there is a growing appetite for education and training in the use of digital technology, both nationally and internationally, in order to educate and equip the healthcare workforce and patients with the necessary skills to navigate this new digital terrain, and to develop new leaders to drive the adoption of digital health.

Whether you’re a frontline worker, researcher, manager, or information specialist within the healthcare sector, our Digital Health programme will enable you to be at the forefront of these exciting changes, equipping you and your colleagues to embrace the digital future.


Our programme reflects current and ever-changing health policy. The course is delivered against the context of the following:

  • Indemnity agencies key skills frameworks
  • GMC Duties of a Doctor
  • Higher Education Qualifications Framework
  • QAA framework GP education framework
  • NHS Five Year Forward View
  • NHS Personalised Health and Care 2020

Our programme reflects current and ever-changing health policy.

Throughout the course you’ll have access to downloadable podcasts featuring updated content on all the key elements of the programme, featuring national leaders in the NHS and digital fields.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892400