UCC Postgraduate courses

Digital Health

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Digital Health

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    24 months Part-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees

    €7,670 (Year 1); €7,670 (Year 2).
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees

    Not currently open to Non EU applicants

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Start Date

    Not on offer 2022/2023

Course Outline

The application of technology in health is experiencing rapid growth and the field is seeking qualified professionals to optimise technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare domain. The MSc Digital Health equips students with the knowledge required to ensure that the health sector gets the best out of technology and the opportunity to work with a high calibre group of people with similar aspirations to make a difference to health/medical settings. This interdisciplinary course, led by Business Information Systems in collaboration with the Medical Education Unit, is suitable for qualified applicants aspiring to work in the health sector.  

The MSc Digital Health will provide business and health/healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design, implement and manage leading-edge health technology while remaining cognisant of the ethical, security and data protection implications arising from such scenarios.

The course provides participants with a critical understanding of how information systems are used to improve create efficiencies in health/healthcare settings and positively influence patient care and patient health outcomes. It is a new programme with internationally recognised faculty at the forefront of digital health/health information systems research.

As part of this experience, students will act as a business consultant, mentored by industry experts, to create an innovative health information systems solution or digital health focussed dissertation addressing a real business need or opportunity in a setting of their choice. Expert guest speakers from both business and health/clinical settings contribute to the syllabus and students will benefit from strong healthcare links with both internal and external partners. 

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem-solving skills associated with effective practice
  • Engage in advanced application of IS/IT frameworks and techniques in organisational settings
  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard
  • Leverage IS to improve healthcare organisational performance
  • Improve healthcare through the application of leading-edge technology solutions
  • Research, plan, design, develop and manage an innovative digital health solution, by critically analysing and interpreting data, and effectively disseminating results

Students take 90 credits as follows: 

Year 1 - Candidates must complete 30 credits for Year 1.

  • IS6630 Fundamentals of Digital Health (10 credits)
  • EC6072 Economics for Healthcare (10 credits)
  • MX6010 Ethical and Evidence-Based Health Data (10 credits)

Year 2 - Candidates must complete 30 credits for Year 2.

  • IS6303 Seminars in Healthcare Information and Performance Systems (10 credits)
  • IS6631 Decision Support and Data Analytics for Health (10 credits)
  • MX6011 Clinical Trials and Data Management (10 credits)

Year 2 - Research Stream: Candidates must complete one of the 30 credit research modules below. 

  • IS6305 Innovative Health Information Systems Research Solutions (30 credits)  or
  • MX6012 Dissertation in Digital Health (30 credits)

Full details of modules may be found on the College Calendar.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

The MSc Digital Health will be delivered via classroom lectures. Lectures will take place in a three-day block.  There will be an induction session and all course material will be provided. In Year one of the programme, you will complete 18 days of lectures (6 days* 8 hours) which run from September to March. In year two you will complete an additional 18 days (6 days* 8 hours) of lectures from September to March. Finally, you complete your Research Project under the supervision of a faculty member from April to August in year two. 

Group work is a key feature of this programme as students with different backgrounds will learn from a variety of skillsets and apply their knowledge to create innovative digital health solutions. There will be site visits to health/IT/clinical settings whereby students will be presented with the challenges faced by IT, data and clinical practitioners and they will be required to analyse the problem and propose innovative solutions.

Course Assessment will incorporate a blended approach of continuous assessment. Assessments will include both group and individual assignment content and will consist of written reports, presentations, role-play scenarios and debate. The course offers the integration of classroom study with professional experience and industry-aligned coursework.

Dr Ciara Heavin and Dr Yvonne O'Connor are academics in the Department of Business Information Systems and are researchers in the Health Information System Research Centre (HISRC) in the Cork University Business School. The HISRC is the first of its kind in Ireland as a dedicated research centre of Health Information Systems. Dr Heavin and Dr O'Connor are the course directors of the MSc Digital Health and will be involved in the teaching, delivery and oversight of the course. They will be supported by a team of expert academics from both the Medical Education Unit and Cork University Business School, University College Cork. IS and Health/Clinical subject matter experts will deliver guest lectures and support the programme.  

For the MSc Digital Health 2021/2022 the Lecture dates proposed are:

22-24 September 2021

20-22 October 2021

24-26 November 2021

26-28 January 2022

23-25 February 2022

23-25 March 2022

Why Choose This Course

Are you passionate about health? Are you seeking to make a difference in the health domain? The MSc Digital Health offers a unique opportunity to consider how technology can make a transformative impact on the health/medical sector and improve the lives of patients. The area of digital health is experiencing rapid growth, with the market in Europe alone expected to be worth over 300 billion euros per annum by 2020. However, a key challenge for this rapidly developing area is the lack of appropriately skilled people worldwide, namely professionals who have an understanding of health/medicine and Information Systems.  The MSc Digital Health will address this gap, contributing to a niche area of expertise at the cross-section between health and technology. This programme combines teaching and innovative research in Health and health information systems in healthcare settings providing students with the opportunity to develop highly sought after skills preparing them for the workplace.

Skills and Careers Information

Students with a postgraduate qualification in MSc Digital Health will be equipped with much sought after skills in both the Information Systems field and the health/healthcare field.  

These include:

  • Senior Clinical/Health Informatician
  • Senior Healthcare Data Analyst
  • Healthcare Software Supplier
  • Senior Health Data Manager
  • Senior Hospital IT Project Manager
  • Senior IT Quality Control
  • Data Steward
  • Data Protection Officer
  • Hospital Management
  • Senior Health Economist
  • Management Consultant specialised in Health/Healthcare
  • Business/Systems Analyst


To apply for this programme, you will have:

a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in any area


at least 2 years’ experience in the health/healthcare domain


2 referees’ reports.

International applicants should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent

Candidates who do not meet the degree standard may be admitted to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on the basis of at least six years practical or professional experience in a health/healthcare domain as deemed appropriate by the Academic Programme Directors.


English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €7,670 (Year 1); €7,670 (Year 2). .

The Non-EU fee for this course is Not currently open to Non EU applicants.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

How Do I Apply

1. Apply online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

2. Gather supporting documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

3. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

4. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants) 

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

  • Please enter the names and email addresses of 2 referees. 

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