Scottish Funding Council Highly Skilled Workforce Digital Health & Care Institute Scholarship Programme 2015/16

The Digital Health & Wellness research group in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde has been awarded eight Masters scholarships by the Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI)1 under the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Highly Skilled Workforce (HSW) programme2.

The Award

The scholarships will cover the UK/EU tuition fee for registration in the MPhil Computing & Information Sciences programme3 and any additional programme costs. The duration of study for completion of the MPhil is normally 12 months full-time.


Scholarships are available to UK nationals who are permanently domiciled in Scotland, as well as EU nationals (excluding UK nationals) domiciled in EU or Scotland but not elsewhere in UK, who have been accepted on an eligible full-time or part-time Master's degree programme.

Digital Health & Care Institute Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarship Programme

These scholarships aim to provide skill development opportunities in the following areas:

  1. improvement in anticipatory care and preventative spend
  2. reduction in avoidable admissions and patient pathway times (admission through to safe discharge)
  3. establishing hospital/care at home capability
  4. connected health and care (devices/services/records)
  5. improved patient/user engagement in their health and care


To submit an application, please send a recent CV and cover letter, with a choice of two possible topics from the list below. You must explain why you are interested in these topics and give some indications as to how you may approach the project.

Please send your CV and cover letter to the HSW programme coordinator at Strathclyde:
Dr Bouamrane -

Highly Skilled Workforce MPhil research topics

Opportunity to progress to a PhD programme after completing the HSW MPhil

The Digital Health Research group at Strathclyde is in the process of making an application for funding for a Doctoral Training Centre Seed in Digital & Connected Health. There is therefore a possibility that candidates undertaking the Highly Skilled Workforce MPhil programme in Computing & Information Sciences in 2016 may have an opportunity to progress to the Digital Health PhD programme in 2017. This will be subject to:

  1. the candidate meeting the requirements to enter the PhD programme after successful completion of the MPhil in Computer & Information Sciences
  2. funding for the PhD fees and stipend having been successfully secured either by one of the project supervisors on behalf of the student or by the student via a personal PhD funding award
  3. the candidate agreeing a suitable research project with two potential supervisors at the University of Strathclyde, including at least one based at the Department of Computer & Information Science

Please note that successful completion of the MPhil programme does not automatically guarantee that the student will be eligible to further enrol onto the University PhD programme. Please refer to the University of Strathclyde Policy and Code of Practice for postgraduate research programmes in that respect.
2, University of Strathclyde Department of Computer & Information Sciences