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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The MSt (flexible) in Healthcare Data: Informatics, Innovation and Commercialization is only open to those who have successfully completed and passed the Postgraduate Diploma (Flexible) Healthcare Data: Informatics, Innovation and Commercialization at Cambridge.

This is a 10 month, part-time Master’s-level course resulting in 60 FHEQ Level-7 credits and the University of Cambridge Masters award.

Cambridge is a world leading centre for innovation in electronic patient and clinical trial data. This is underpinned by an extensive and vibrant community of clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and commercial and public sector organisations. There is a recognised shortage of the appropriate technical and practical skills in the workforce to effectively utilise the opportunities presented by healthcare data.

This course has been designed to meet the skills gap in the management, handling and utilisation of healthcare data and to develop individuals confident in using healthcare date for innovative and/or commercial applications.


Unit Details

Course Units and Teaching Weeks

Unit 6: Research Dissertation (60 credits)

Teaching dates for the MSt (Flexible) Healthcare Data:

  • Thursday 14th and Friday 15th September 2023
  • Thursday 11th and Friday 12th January 2024
  • Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April 2024 (subject to confirmation by Course Director)

The research dissertation is a piece of independent work of between 10,000 – 12,000 words completed during the second year of the course. It consists of two main elements:
•    A literature review of an area of interest and applicability to the student’s professional life. 
•    A health data science component where knowledge and expertise derived from learning on the course is demonstrated using a real patient dataset.
Within the dissertation you will engage critically with a field of applied data science relevant to your professional life and demonstrate the practical knowledge you have learnt through the programme. You will be provided with a large, rich and detailed synthetic dataset derived from the Epic electronic patient record system at Cambridge University Hospitals in order to complete the health data science component.


Course dates

01 Oct 2023 to 01 Jul 2024

Course duration

10 Months

Apply by

31 May 2023

Course fee

Home: £5,667
Overseas: £9,917

Course director

Academic director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Master of Studies

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 6

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