MSc Health Data Science / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
MSc 1yFT, Dip 2yPT/1yFT Cert 12-18m PT/6m FT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in:

  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • computer science
  • physical science
  • biomedical science (including epidemiology, biological sciences or medicine/nursing)

Your degree must have had significant statistical and computational elements and be from a recognised institution or an approved and relevant postgraduate qualification (minimum postgraduate diploma or equivalent).

We may also accept the equivalent of previous advanced study, research and/or relevant professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying the candidate for entry.

In the case of non-UK applicants, the institution certifying advanced study must be recognised and approved by the University.

You may be accepted for entry to the postgraduate diploma track with a Lower Second degree or under subject to interview, and be moved to the master's track on achieving suitable results in the taught part of the course.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully.

There is high demand for this course and we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Please visit the Application and Selection section for details of deadlines and the supporting documents that we require.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCert Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Learn how to work within a team to collect and interpret health data and use it to help solve healthcare delivery challenges.
  • Gain key technical skills and software for working with and manipulating health data.
  • Have the option to apply data science skills to imaging and multi-omics data to understand disease, put data into practice in clinical decision support systems and digital transformation, and study advanced statistical and machine learning methods.
  • The course is delivered through a mix of face-to-face teaching and online learning, designed to give you the opportunity to apply what you learn to real-world case-studies. Assignments are relevant to the types of work that health data scientists contribute to and lead, and many students complete a dissertation on a large programme research grant or with external organisations.
  • Access sophisticated research and teaching facilities at the Centre for Health Informatics (CHI).
  • Open up a wealth of career opportunities in the NHS, industry and academia - an estimated 52,000 data scientists are needed in the UK alone.

Open days

Come along to our open day webinar for health data sciences on Wednesday 22 November, 12pm-1pm. The programme leads will take you through the courses structure, the content and units, main themes and what it's like to study a master's at Manchester. In the final part of the webinar you will be able to ask any outstanding questions. Book your place here .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £13,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £31,000
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £10,400
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £24,800
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): 5200 per year
    International, including EU, students (per annum): 12400 per year
  • PGCert (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £5,200
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £12,400
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £2,600
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £6,200

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

The course fees include all the tuition, technical support and examinations required for the course. All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review. Courses lasting more than one year may be subject to incremental rises per annum. For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of AP(E)L Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a PGCert, 45 credits to a PGDip and 60 credits to a master's.

If your AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and then the administrative charge is applied.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 529 4563
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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