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Fancy a career in Digital Health and Care?

Or, do you need to enhance your skills to meet the future challenges of a changing workplace?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Sanna Rimpiläinen

Here’s your chance to apply for Master’s funding in Digital Health and Care by August 9th 2019!

The DHI is delighted to have received 12 Master’s scholarship applications from five Scottish Universities by the 20th June deadline. We are in the process of awarding these. This makes a total of 9.5FTE places.

Congratulations to all the new Master’s students!

If you missed the June deadline, we are making another 7.5 FTE* scholarships available for application by 9th August 2019. This means there are seven (7) full-time and one (1) part-time scholarship available (or up to 15 part-time scholarships).

We reserve three (3) FTE scholarships for January intake with a deadline in November, BUT you can already apply for these in August as well.

There are four dedicated Digital Health and Care Master’s courses in Scotland:

We also fund students doing MRes degrees with a Digital Health and Care focus in different disciplines ranging from Design, Sociology, Nursing to Computing.

*The SFC have clarified the funding rules in as much that the part-time scholarship funding can now be paid over two years. Hence, we are able to advertise the scholarships on FTE-basis.

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

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 9th August 2019, 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 require a research plan (max 2000 words).
    • The funding is not available for MPhil applications.
  • The DHI will review the applications and inform the applicants’ university by end of August.
  • 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 7.5 FTE scholarships are left over after the August deadline, these will be added to the 3 FTE places being kept for January intake. These will be announced for application after the August deadline.

Please, note that the DHI strategic themes have been updated for 2019-2020!

  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.

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 2019-20 and 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

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