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Academic scholarships

Master’s funding in Digital Health and Care

The DHI supports the development of pipeline of talent for the Digital Health and Care sector by awarding annually up to 20 FTE Master’s scholarships for students taking an MSc or MRes studies in Digital Health and Care.

The scholarships are funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). In 2018-19 and 2019-20, the scholarships were at the value of £7,387 each and are available for September and January starts.

Scholarships for September start are usually advertised from April for a June deadline, with a secondary deadline in August, if all scholarships do not get awarded in June. The January scholarships are advertised from September, with a November application deadline. The deadlines and adverts are announced on the DHI newsletter, our website and on Twitter.

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How to apply:

How to apply:

The scholarships are awarded on a fee-waiver basis only. This means that if the Master’s course fee is higher than the scholarship award, the university will agree to waive the excess of the student’s fee. In cases where the MSc fee is less than the available award, the excess sum is intended to go towards supporting the student in their studies (i.e. buying necessary equipment or to fund a conference trip to disseminate their research. It is not meant to be used towards living costs).



  • Check your eligibility for application. If you answer “yes” to all questions below, you are good to go:
    • Are you a British citizen, and have lived permanently in Scotland at least for the past three years, or an EU-citizen (British residency rule; EU funding available at least during 2019-20; 2020-21)?
    • Are you starting a new course?
    • Are you looking to take a Taught MSc or an MRes degree in Digital Health and Care?
  • Choose you preferred Digital Health and Care Master’s course at a Scottish University and apply. Please, check in the application process if a scholarship application option is available.
  • Align your MSc or MRes dissertation work with one of DHI’s five strategic themes (this is a requirement for DHI funding). 

Course leaders:

  • Check the student’s eligibility for the DHI scholarship. (If a funded student turns out not to be eligible for the scholarship, they will be stripped of the scholarship, and the course in question will not be provided future funding.)
  • Courses can be taken full-time or part-time
    • Part-time funding is allocated at 0.5 FTE basis, the first half in the first year of study, second half in the second year of study.
  • The course leaders/coordinators will apply on the students’ behalf to the DHI by the advertised deadline.
    • The DHI will prioritise applications from dedicated taught Digital Health and Care master’s courses. Please, state the student’s start date, selected dissertation topic and FT/PT status.
    • Other taught master’s courses are deemed eligible (e.g. MSc in Nursing), if they contain sufficient taught digital health and care content. This needs to be demonstrated by the course leader at the application phase.
    • For MRes applications require a research plan (max 2000 words)


  • We will review applications and inform your university if you've been successful by a stated deadline.
  • Your host University and the University of Strathclyde will sign a scholarship and data sharing agreement.
  • Your host University/ course will invoice the DHI/ University of Strathclyde for the funding. 
  • If there should be more applicants than available places, we will allocate places proportionately between the applying institutions, who will then select the most successful candidates for the scholarships.


DHI Strategic themes 2019-20

  1. Citizen empowerment and long-term condition management
  2. Service issues in Health and Care: demand and capacity management
  3. Health ageing and frailty;
  4. Digital skills and workforce development in Health and Care.
  5. Future of care (in special circumstances research that falls under this topic will also be considered)

 Themes 1 and 2 should focus on one of the following non-communicable diseases:

  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • chronic respiratory diseases
  • mental health
  • cancer


Previously supported courses include:

  • MSc in Digital Health Systems, University of Strathclyde
  • MSc in eHealth, University of West of Scotland
  • MRes in eHealth, University of West of Scotland
  • MSc in Primary Care, University of Glasgow
  • MRes in Design, Health and Care, The Glasgow School of Art
  • MRes in Midwifery and Nursing, Robert Gordon University
  • MRes in Nursing, Edinburgh Napier University
  • MSc in Exercise, Wellness and Coaching, Robert Gordon University
  • MSc in Health Psychology, University of Stirling 
  • MRes in Sports Science, Robert Gordon University
  • MRes in Digital Health, Edinburgh Napier University
  • MSc in Health Analytics, University of Aberdeen