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MSc Scholarships in Digital Health available

Monday, April 20, 2020
Ciarán Morrison

The DHI is delighted to announce another 16 FTE Master’s scholarships in Digital Health and Care available for application in 2020-21! The deadline for the first 14 FTE places for September intake is June 30th, 2020.

Two FTE scholarships are currently being reserved for January 2021 intake, and will be made available for application in the autumn.

(Four FTE places will go towards covering the second half of the 8 part-time students’ fee for 2019-20 starts.)

The scholarships are at £7,387 each and provided on a fee-waiver basis only*.

The course organisers will send the applications to the DHI on by the June 30th 2020. Please note: the DHI will not receive applications directly from the applicants. These need to be sent in by the course organisers once the student’s place on their course is confirmed and the student’s eligibility for our funding is verified.

How to apply

  • Apply to a Digital Health and Care master’s course at your chosen Scottish university.
    • It is the responsibility of the university to check the applicant eligibility for the funding **
  • Select one of the five strategic themes of the DHI to align your MSc or MRes dissertation work with (listed below). This is a requirement for DHI funding.
  • The course leader/coordinator will apply to the DHI by 30th June 2020, with the start date, student’s selected theme for dissertation and whether the student is FT/PT.  
    • We will prioritise applications from dedicated taught Digital Health and Care Master’s courses.
    • 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 a research plan (max 2000 words) is required.
    • The funding is not available for MPhil applications.
  • The DHI will review the applications and inform the applicants’ university by mid-July.
  • The host university and the University of Strathclyde sign a scholarships agreement.
  • The host university/course will invoice the DHI/University of Strathclyde for the funding.
  • If there should be more applicants than available places, the DHI will allocate places proportionately between the applying institutions, who will then select the most successful candidates for the scholarships.
  • If any of the 14 FTE scholarships are left over after the June deadline, another application process will be arranged with a deadline in August. This will be announced after the June deadline.

Please, note that the DHI strategic themes have been updated for 2020-2021!

  1. Citizen empowerment and long-term condition management;
  2. Service issues in Health and Care: demand and capacity management;
  • Topics 1 and 2 should focus on one of the following non-communicable diseases:
    • diabetes;
    • cardiovascular diseases;
    • chronic respiratory diseases;
    • mental health;
    • Cancer
  1. Health ageing and frailty;
  2. Digital skills and workforce development in Health and Care.
  3. Digital tools and services as an enabler in shifting care from hospital of institutional settings to the home
  4. Digital technologies in the support of Population/Public Health and or Emergency Planning (ref Covid19 or similar epidemic/pandemic threats)

In addition, in special circumstances research that falls under the following broader topic will also be considered:

  1. Future of care

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • **) The scholarships are only available to British nationals domiciled in Scotland for at least the past three years and to EU students.
    • Students’ nationality is confirmed by the passport held by the student.
    • Some students may be required to provide proof of residency in Scotland. 
    • The EU-rule has been confirmed to be valid in 2020-21.
  • Courses can be taken full-time or part-time.
    • NB! Part-time funding is allocated at 0.5FTE basis, the first half in the first year of study, second half in the second year of study. This is a change to the previous year’s situation.
  • *) In cases where the MSc fee is higher than the available award, the university is expected to waive the excess fee.
    • The scholarship will not cover the whole fee. 
    • The excess fee cannot be charged to the student nor charged to a third party.
  • 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, be it, e.g., buying necessary equipment or to fund a conference trip to disseminate their research. It is not meant to be used towards living costs.

  Courses we have previously supported 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

Dedicated Digital Health and Care masters in Scotland:

For any further enquiries, please contact or phone the DHI on 0141 444 7429 (Ciarán or Sanna).