Become a Professional Health Data Scientist

Course Overview

Healthcare, with an already established strong relationship with Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), is continuously expanding the knowledge forefront as new methods of acquiring data concerning the health of human beings are developed.

Processing this data to extract valuable information about a population (epidemiological applications) or the individual (personalised healthcare applications) is the work of health data scientists. Their work has the potential to improve quality of life on a large scale.

MSc Health Data Science course at Swansea University has recognised this trend, and has introduced this one year full-time taught masters programme (three years part-time), designed to develop the essential skills and knowledge required of the Health Data Scientist. The delivery of the programme balances the essential theoretical concepts with a strong emphasis on hands-on involvement by students, to ensure a thorough understanding of the key issues involved in each subject.

This course is now based within the award winning Centres for Excellence for Administrative Data and eHealth Research of Swansea University, awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Medical Research Centre (MRC). This course is delivered in collaboration with high profile staff from the Centre for Health Services Research of the University of Western Australia.

Who should take this course
The course is suitable for those in healthcare with roles involving the analysis of health data, and also computer scientists with experience in working with data from the healthcare domain, as well as biomedical engineers and others.

How to apply for this course
Application is via the University on-line system

For detailed information about the course modules, requirements and how to apply for the course, scholarships and bursaries, please visit Swansea University's Postgraduate Taught Courses or contact the course director, Tony Paget.

How will this course be studied

Course Structure
Students must complete 6 modules of 20 credits each and produce a 60 credits dissertation on a Health Data Science project. Each module of the programme requires a short period of attendance that is augmented by preparatory and reflective material supplied via the course website before and after attendance.

Course Modules

  • PMIM102 Health Data Science & Scientific Computing in Healthcare

  • PMIM202 Health Data Modelling

  • PMIM302 Analysis of Linked Health Data

  • PMIM402 Machine Learning Applications in Health Data

  • PMIM502 Health Data Visualisation

  • PMIM602 Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data

  • PMIM702 Health Data Analysis Dissertation

Research dissertation and work-based project internships
NHS and industry internships can form part of the dissertation and work-based project of this course. In partnership with the National Health Service (NHS) Wales Informatics Services and Health Boards in Wales, this course is able to offer NHS research opportunities within the NHS Wales Informatics Research Laboratories based at Swansea University. In collaboration with the e-Health Industries Innovation Centre UK, this course offers you a unique opportunity to work with the industries to develop your work-based project that will give you the competitive edge and enhance your future employability.

The internships are beneficial to international students and others who may not have ready access to NHS facilities, and provide invaluable real life industry scenarios that helps you to start networking and making contacts.

What is Health Data Science

Health Data Science is a multi-disciplinary speciality that involves the application of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) to data generated by a variety of sources, including patient generated data, GP systems and Big Data in general.

Health Data Science has the potential to help structure the business of health care more effectively around outcomes, and could transform the practice of medicine.

A Health Data Scientist relies on methods from the basic framework of scientific enquiry to answer research questions about health, and in doing so utilises data analysis.  Data Scientists use computational and storage resources to address health related problems.

Health Data Science, although a relatively new discipline within healthcare, will play a significant role in transforming the way in which health care is delivered in the future.

Who are Health Data Scientists

Health Data Scientists are those working in healthcare with roles involving the analysis of health data and also computer scientists working with data from the healthcare domain.

Student loans

If you have been thinking about doing a Masters degree, but not been able to afford the fees up front, then the MSc Health Data Science teaching team has some good news for you.

Student Finance Wales are now offering a range of loans to cover Post Graduate courses, subject to eligibility.  As a result of this, the MSc in Health Data Science has developed a variety of delivery modes to ensure you are meeting the criteria relating to the duration of the course.  You can now study full or part time and can choose either 1, 2 or 3 year options. 

Further details of the loan scheme can be found here.

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Contact Us

Course Enquiries:
Tony Paget
Associate Professor & Course Director
MSc Health Informatics, MSc Health Data Science and MRes Health Informatics

Marketing Enquiries:
Stephanie Lee

Data Science Building, Swansea University Medical School, Singleton Park, SWANSEA SA2 8PP, Wales, UK

+44 (0)1792 602874