Postgraduate taught 

Digital Health Interventions MSc/PgDip/PgCert/CPD

Doctor holding a tablet, Digital Health Interventions

With a global struggle to deliver effective health and care interventions, digital technologies have the potential to drive significant efficiencies in health care delivery by improving access, impact and cost-effectiveness and there is a known gap in educational provision to realise this. This MSc aims to address these gaps by preparing students from a range of backgrounds to address key challenges for digital health intervention development, evaluation and implementation.

  • MSc: 12 months months full-time; 24 months months part‑time
  • PgDip: 9 months months full-time
  • PgCert: 3-4 months months full-time
  • CPD: 10 weeks plus assignment

Why this programme

  • The only UK masters course to explicitly focus on digital health interventions allowing for a closer examination of all stages of intervention development, with a strong emphasis on underpinning theory, stakeholder engagement, ethics and evaluation.
  • You will be well placed to assume positions in one of the fastest growing economic sectors globally, where a recognised skills gap currently limits progress.
  • Be taught by leading academics with experience of developing and researching digital health interventions.
  • Varied and innovative methods of assessments will build your confidence and employability.
  • Guest lectures from industry, healthcare and patient representatives will enhance your learning experience.
  • Choose between a research project and an internship for your end of year 60 credit project.

Programme structure

MSc students must successfully complete 120 credits of taught courses. 80 credits are compulsory, and 40 credits are optional. Students must also complete the 60-credit research dissertation or internship to be awarded an MSc.

Students can exit with a PgDip if they satisfactorily complete 120 credits of taught courses.

Students can exit with a PgCert if they satisfactorily complete the following 60 credits courses:

  • Introduction to Digital Health Interventions
  • Developing Digital Health Interventions
  • Evaluating Digital Health Interventions

Part-time pathways can be discussed with programme leads on application.

Internship and dissertation options are available to fit different student needs, interests and aspirations.

We anticipate that students who are interested in developing their research skills or in pursuing research careers after completion of the programme may be attracted to the dissertation option, given it will allow them to design and deliver an original research project under expert supervision.

The internship option provides a broader range of opportunities for applied learning in a workplace setting where digital health interventions are being developed or applied. As such it may be attractive to students who are seeking to gain relevant work experience. Internship numbers may be limited and therefore may not be available to all students.

All courses will use a variety of assessment methods and will include both formative and summative assessments:

Summative Assessments

Summative assessment of the knowledge and skills will take place primarily through essays; critical reviews; proposals; presentations (oral, poster and digital); case studies; data analysis; and the dissertation or internship report (up to 10,000 words), supervisor’s report, among others.

Formative Assessments

Methods of formative assessment of the knowledge and skills include: presentations (oral and poster); self, peer and tutor feedback at the end of each session; case studies; dissertation/internship proposal, among others.

Core courses

  • Introduction to DHIs
  • Developing DHIs - design, development and regulation
  • Research Methods - qualitative, quantitative and health economics
  • Evaluating DHIs
  • Research dissertation or internship - for MSc students only

Optional courses

  • Evaluation design
  • Health promotion: principles and practice
  • Environmental health
  • Oral health
  • Communicable diseases
  • Mental health promotion across the life-span
  • Health and culture
  • Health technology assessment in a global context
  • Mental health and disability: international law and policy
  • Globalisation and public health
  • Qualitative research methods

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

This MSc will prepare you for a variety of positions across health and care, software development, third sector, policy and academic settings, both in the UK and internationally.

A strong focus on the theoretical underpinning of interventions development, aligned with an emphasis on research skills and the ethical development and implementation of interventions will make graduates, like yourself, attractive to potential employers.

Further enhancing employability, you will gain valuable experience throughout the course in communicating your work using a range of written, oral and digital skills.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2020-21


Home and EU

  • Full-time fee: £8500
  • Part-time fee: £944 per 20 credits


  • Full-time fee: £21920


Home and EU

  • Full-time fee: £5667


  • Full-time fee: £14613


Home and EU

  • Full-time fee: £2833


  • Full-time fee: £7307


  • Home / EU: £944 per 20 credit course
  • International: £2346 per 20 credit course

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £340
  • Registration/exam only fee: £160

Funding opportunities

Snowdon Masters Scholarships

Snowdon Masters Scholarships give a small number of exceptionally talented disabled people an opportunity to flourish and achieve their true potential.

The scholarship has been designed to identify and accelerate talented disabled individuals through higher education.

The scholarship is aimed at;

  • Supporting brilliant students with the ability to create change and influence others
  • Provide funding for students with excellence in a field of study, within and beyond academia
  • Accelerate disabled students to become leaders and role-models
  • Provide opportunity for individuals with the drive and determination to succeed

Please see Snowdon Masters Scholarships website for more details.

More Information

Fulbright Commission

The US-UK Fulbright Commission hosts both the Fulbright scholarship programme and the EducationUSA advising network for the UK. The Commission focuses on opportunities and exchanges between the USA and the UK, as part of a global programme. The Fulbright Awards are now open and there are several postgraduate or research project awards available. The US-UK Fulbright Commission is committed to growing the numbers of applications and participants in the UK Fulbright Postgraduate programme from under-represented groups and to continuing fair access to the programme and the Fulbright Opportunity Fund will be available for the first time in the 2020-21 application cycle.

More Information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

  • Very good undergraduate degree, 2:2 or above, in social sciences, psychology, health or other relevant disciplines (e.g. computing) or other equivalent relevant experience.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.


As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2020 
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2020

Classes start September 2020 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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