Save this page
Save this page

My Saved Pages

  • Saved page.

My Saved Courses

  • Saved page.
Reset

Recently visited

  • Saved page.
A person touching a virtual screen

MScDigital Health Systems

Why this course?

This Masters programme provides state-of-the-art training in the latest advances in Digital Health Systems development and management. It's aimed at those who aim to become leaders in the field of Health IT, either for Health systems service delivery or for the Health & Wellness IT industry.

Graduates will gain essential skills and expertise in designing applications that are accessible and usable, and that comply with complex data governance within healthcare. You'll gain experience in managing, analysing and making use of data collected from personal devices (such as apps and wearables) and large scale health systems (such as electronic records). You'll also gain key software development and management skills that are critical for deploying health systems.

This course looking at the whole systems implementation of digital health systems is one of its kind in the UK.

This new and unique course is the first of its kind to offer technical graduates the opportunity to develop the core skills required to develop advanced health and wellness systems and technologies for improving the way we personally manage our lifestyles and how our care systems deliver better health to citizens.

You'll study

The course includes 120 credits of taught material - taken over the first two semesters - and a 60-credit digital health project that runs, typically, from May to September.

In addition to learning about the design, development and evaluation process for personal health and wellness devices and systems and larger scale hospital and community based IT systems, students will also be trained to understand and use techniques for using the data that these systems produce to support decision making and planning and delivery of better care.

Work placement

Student projects will be conducted in close collaboration with the Digital Health Research group partners.

Furthermore, the Digital Health Research group has close links with Scotland’s innovation centres (Digital Health & Care Institute, Data Lab), the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, The City Observatory, and the Centre for Health Policy. These links provide a range of opportunities for practical partnerships with the leading organisations and industries in the field.

Major projects

Working closely with the Digital Health research group means students will be alongside a group that has conducted major collaborative research and development projects and evaluations within the UK and internationally. The group were lead investigators in the evaluation of a £37 million Innovate UK programme to deploy assistive digital health and wellness technologies at scale across the UK.

The group is also involved in organising key national and international conferences such as the British Computer Society (BCS) Health Informatics conference and the ACM conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Example projects include: Design of mobile apps for Managing Diabetes; Cost Benefit Analysis of Technology Enabled Care; Evaluating the Barriers to Implementing Electronic Personal Health Records at Scale.

Student competitions

Each year one student will be awarded the 'Innovative Digital Health and Care' award for the best overall student project (judged by representatives from academia, health and social care and industry).

Guest lectures

The taught modules will include guest-lectures from experts and practitioners in the field of Health IT, both from industry, this sector and the National Health Service.

Course content

Classes

Design of Usable Health Systems

In this class, you'll learn the importance of understanding different types of users, context and usage scenarios for health devices and systems.

You'll conduct practical exercises to gather real life business requirements from a variety of stakeholders including patients, consumers and clinicians and practitioners. You'll learn to design, prototype and evaluate systems that are usable and fit-for-purpose.

Digital Health Implementation

This module will develop your understanding of the practical implementation life-cycle of enterprise IT systems in the health service, with a specific focus on practical case studies. The course will review the main Health IT application systems implemented to date, including Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), clinical portals, information communication and sharing systems (electronic referrals and discharges) and tele-health systems.

Decision Support & Health Analytics

The course will review the different types of data that health and wellness systems collect and process to allow informed care decisions about individuals or populations. The course will also cover analytical tools as well as visualisation and multimodal output. Furthermore, the class will also cover information structures and standards required for interoperability and decision support functionalities.

Research Methods & Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues for the Information Society

The research methods lectures will enable you to understand research methodologies and quantitative and qualitative research methods required to design and evaluate health systems in a robust way. The Information Law lectures will provide you with a basic understanding of the laws and data governance issues relating to the delivery of information services and the implications for society of the various legal issues related to information and computing work.

Information Systems Architecture

This class will develop your enterprise-level analytical skills to allow you to contribute to the analysis and design of robust and usable information systems that are scalable and fit for purpose.

Database & Web Systems Development

The aims of this class are to provide you with the knowledge necessary for designing a database system, starting from an informal specification, commonly occurring data models, formulating database queries using SQL and managing a fully featured database management system.

Individual Project

The individual project will involve students addressing a key research question set by the NHS, third sector or Government. Examples include:

  • designing & building a novel health system or application
  • conducting qualitative research into a key challenge for the implementation & routinisation of health systems
  • a quantitative study using health data analytics for improving care delivery of self-management

Learning & teaching

Teaching combines face-to-face lectures, labs and tutorials as well as personal/group study time.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed using a combination of individual projects, group projects and final exams. The project is assessed on the quality of the project report (ie Master thesis). An overall minimum of 50% across all assessed classes and report is required in order to be awarded the Master in Digital Health Systems.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements: UK Bachelor’s degree at 2:1 or higher, or its equivalent if outside the UK.

The English language current standard requirements are: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall (no individual band less than 5.5). Find out more about English language requirements.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit International Study Centre and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

2018/19

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £7,800

Rest of UK

  • £7,800

International

  • £16,650

How can I fund my course?

A number of scholarships are available for outstanding UK, EU and international applicants. For details, please visit our scholarship search.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

Graduates from the programme will enjoy a broad range of career opportunities. The NHS remains one of the largest employers in the world and IT professionals is one of the fastest growing profession within the organisation.

Equally, private and public health and care services world-wide are also expanding their digital health capacities and workforce and hardware and software companies (sensors, wearables, mobile computing) are all seeking expertise in the health and wellness sector. Future career options will include:

  • Application & system developer
  • Health Systems & Service Designers
  • Data Analyst
  • IT manager
  • Knowledge management specialist
  • Knowledge & information manager
  • Information governance manager
  • Clinical information manager
  • Computer support analyst/engineer
  • Clinical coder/Clinical coding trainer
  • Planning & performance manager
  • Systems & process Auditor

Contact us

Apply

Digital Health Systems

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Discover more about Strathclyde