Academic scholarships

New Master’s funding in Digital Health and Care

We have 7.5 FTE scholarships available for application by 09 August 2019. This means there are seven full-time and one part-time scholarship available (or up to 15 part-time scholarships).

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

We have an additional three FTE scholarships for January 2020 intake with an application deadline in November 2019. You can apply for these in August 2019

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

  1. MSc in Digital Health Systems at University of Strathclyde
  2. MSc in eHealth (Digital Health) at University of West of Scotland
  3. MSc in Digital Health at University of St Andrews (please, note – you will need to ensure a Fee Waiver is applied for this course)
  4. MRes in Design, Health and Care, Glasgow School of Art and the Digital Health and Care Institute

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


How to apply:

  • Choose you preferred Digital Health and Care master’s course and Scottish University  (It's the responsibility of the University to check the applicant eligibility for funding)
  • Align your MSc or MRes dissertation work with one of our five strategic themes (this is a requirement for DHI funding) 
  • Your course leader/ co-ordinator will apply (on your behalf) to the DHI by 09 August 2019, with your start date, selected dissertation theme and FT/PT status
    • 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)
  • Funding is not available for MPhil applications
  • We will review applications and inform your university if you've been successful by end of August 2019 
  • Your host University and the University of Strathclyde will sign a scholarships 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
  • 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. 


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


The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • 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
    • 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. 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 (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)


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


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