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The University of Edinburgh CMVM Data Science for Health and Social Care MSc, PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev (Online Learning)
The University of Edinburgh CMVM

Data Science for Health and Social Care MSc, PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev (Online Learning)


1 Years


Part time

23 Aug 2024

09 Sep 2024

GBP 6,370 / per year

Distance Learning


Data is revolutionising the way health and social care is delivered.

The demand for health and social care professionals with data science skills is unprecedented.

This flexible online programme is aimed at:

  • people currently working in health and social care or computational roles who wish to develop expertise in the field of data science
  • those interested in starting a career in data science in the context of health and social care
  • graduates who are seeking to develop data science skills that can be applied to health, social and care services

What you will learn

By studying the degree you will:

  • gain knowledge of the fundamentals of data science
  • develop expertise in accessing, interpreting and integrating data-intensive research into practice
  • build the knowledge and skills to engage effectively with data-driven approaches to health and social care
  • learn a range of skills, tools and understanding to use the transformational power of data to improve health and well-being and the management of care systems locally and globally

Why Edinburgh

By choosing to study with us you will:

  • be joining one of the top 20 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023)
  • benefit from our strong track record of Data-Driven Innovation (DDI)
  • become a student of the prestigious Usher Institute (part of the University), which is a world leader in DDI and one of five DDI hubs in Edinburgh and South East Scotland
  • be able to customise your learning experience by selecting optional courses delivered by our world-renowned experts and leaders across the University
  • have access to modern, intuitive fully accessible and responsive technology tools and systems
  • join our vibrant, evidence-led cross-disciplinary community of academics and researchers
  • be part of a cohort of international students focused on shaping the future of health and social care

About the Usher Institute and the DDI programme

At The Usher Institute public, private and third sectors collaborate to enable data-driven advances in health and social care.

Our DDI programme develops innovative and financially sustainable models of health and social care that improve lives, through the application of data science.

The Institute draws on:

  • Scotland’s world-leading health data assets
  • well-established governance and data-sharing protocols developed in partnership with the National Health Service and the Scottish Government

The Usher Institute has also become well-recognised for its contribution to the COVID-19 response, which includes:

  • conducting research
  • advising the Scottish and UK governments
  • providing global public health advice and data

You can read more details on the Usher Institute and DDI programme websites.

Online learning

Online learning is a way for you to study an internationally recognised qualification without needing to attend classes on campus.

This is an ideal option if you wish to study for a postgraduate qualification alongside work or other commitments.

Online programmes are of equal value to on-campus programmes. The only difference is that the programme is delivered online, rather than on campus.

As an online student you have access to the University's excellent resources. We use the latest in educational technology tools and systems.

Our online learning platform enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace, making this an ideal option for our many international students.

The platform has a modern, intuitive, fully accessible and responsive interface. It delivers a powerful teaching and learning experience on any device with an internet connection, anytime, anywhere.

Studying online at Edinburgh

The programme is delivered fully online with a study commitment of 10-12 hours per week.

It has been designed to embrace the role that technology can play to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. We offer a flexible approach that caters to different ways of learning.

Each student will be supported as an active member of a vibrant global online community where the learning is facilitated by tutors, tasks and materials that foster active, relevant and collaborative learning.


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