Taught course

Health and Data Science

University of Exeter · University of Exeter Medical School

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Entry requirements

You will have, or be predicted, at least a 2:2 degree in a strongly numerate subject (e.g. computer science, mathematics, physics), OR a 2:2 in a health/life sciences degree AND demonstrate good programming ability in a modern computer language. Alternatively you will have strong skills in maths, computing or engineering, but not necessarily have a degree.

Computer programming ability will be assessed with a short simple test as part of the selection process. We will also use your personal statement and a short interview to determine which students receive full fees and stipend.

For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please visit our website.

Months of entry


Course content

  • 1 of only 6 new MSc courses in the UK funded by Health Data Research UK (HDRUK). Five students will receive full fees and stipend (EU/UK fees)
  • A chance to learn and apply your quantitative skills (e.g. computing, maths, statistics) in a health and medical setting, even if you have had no experience in health, medicine or biology. Current students include those from Maths, Engineering, Computer Science backgrounds as well as those from Medicine and Bioscience and some are Professionals in the NHS. But they all share and start the course with data skills – the programme is about improving those existing skills and applying them in a health care and biomedical setting
  • A chance to perform research in the real world – we have exciting research project opportunities, including those with placements in the NHS, and health-related industry such as large pharmaceutical companies. Current students have placements in local NHS trusts in the South West, two health data companies, and two pharmaceutical companies.
  • A genuinely interdisciplinary experience – the programme is delivered by experts from mathematics, computing, biomedical science, the NHS and industry
  • An opportunity to learn about and gain cutting edge skills in the field of health-related data; a rapidly growing area in which the UK excels with access to the largest biobanks, genomic and health services resources
  • A platform to many exciting career opportunities in health data in the UK and abroad.

Information for international students

Further information for international students can be found on our dedicated international page.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This is in addition to the UK Government’s Postgraduate Loan Scheme. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit the postgraduate study pages on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 or 36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0)1392 725500