Fast-track your career in healthcare with a Masters in Applied Health Sciences.

Our MSc in Applied Health Sciences is a uniquely flexible programme.

Choose from a wide range of online and on-campus courses to build an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) at your own pace.

Tailor your qualification to your research interests and career goals. And choose to study 100% online or via a mix of online and on-campus courses.

You can focus on applied health disciplines including:

  • Global Health
  • Health Data Science
  • Health Economics
  • Human Nutrition
  • Public Health.

Choose your entry route

This programme has been designed with flexibility in mind. It gives you a choice of entry routes:

  • Enter directly to the MSc, PgDip, or PgCert.
  • Use our online short courses to earn an MSc, PgDip, or PgCert one or two short courses at a time.
  • Transfer from other relevant programmes delivered by our Institute of Applied Health Sciences. For example, if you’re studying for our PgCert in Research Methods for Health, you can use your credits towards a PgDip or MSc in Applied Health Sciences.

Who can study MSc Applied Health Sciences?

Our flexible MSc is open to anyone looking to build a certified postgraduate qualification in this area.

Excellent training will be provided to enhance your skills and career prospects in public health policy, healthcare delivery, healthcare management or research.

What you’ll study

You can choose to study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree (15 credits).

Coordinators will work with you to guide your selection of courses at an early stage, helping you align your qualification to your research interests and career aspirations.

How you’ll study

This Masters in Applied Health Sciences is delivered flexibly, so you can manage your study hours to suit you.

You can earn your qualification:

  • 100% online, studying anywhere in the world, without a study visa, or
  • via a mix of online and on-campus courses delivered at our Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen.

Online learning

Online courses are delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your online studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You do not need to purchase any books at all. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • online lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops
  • projects
  • videos, podcasts and audio clips
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

On-campus learning

On-campus courses are delivered via a mix of on-campus and online learning. You’ll study at our Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen, one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe. It’s home to one of the leading medical schools in the UK, a large teaching hospital, maternity and children’s hospitals, and the Rowett Institute. Find out about our Health Campus.

On-campus activities include formal lectures, seminars, small group work, student presentations and discussion groups.

Your tutors

Whether you study online or on campus, you’ll learn from the same leading academics, active researchers, and health professionals in our Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS). IAHS is a multidisciplinary grouping of University and NHS researchers who have been training healthcare professionals for decades.

For nutrition courses, you’ll learn with academics and researchers from our Rowett Institute. The Rowett is one of the leading and oldest nutrition research institutes in Europe. It’s been informing government health policy and establishing links between diet and health for over 100 years.

Working with the NHS

The University has excellent links with NHS Grampian. The NHS jointly owns the Foresterhill Health Campus with us, and NHS staff, clinicians and researchers input into your teaching.


You’ll be assessed online for both online and on-campus courses. We use a variety of methods to assess your understanding, progress and performance throughout the programme, including:

  • essays or reports
  • online tests
  • presentations.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Where this will take you


MSc Applied Health Sciences will help you progress your career in healthcare. Your MSc qualification will be recognised by employers and educational institutions around the world.

This uniquely flexible degree allows you to develop your knowledge, experience, and a portfolio of work relating to your interests, strengths, previous training, and career aspirations.

Whatever your professional goals, a qualification tailored this closely to your strengths and areas of interest will help you unlock a rewarding career.

Lifelong career support

Our careers support doesn’t stop when you graduate.

You have access to our free careers service while you study, and beyond.

We’re here with 1:1 appointments, CV checks, interview prep, and to connect you with job opportunities around the world.

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on you starting your studies with us in the 2022/23 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2023/24 academic year. Fees for future academic years are provisional, but our indicative fees assume a 5% fee rise each year.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Why study Applied Health Sciences with the University of Aberdeen?

Entry requirements

MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • A health-related honours degree (a 2:2 or at least 60%), or
  • equivalent experience in healthcare practice or research.

We also consider applications from students with a pure science, social science or a humanities degree who have a keen interest in health.

These are our minimum requirements for direct entry to the MSc, PgDip or PgCert. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Short course route to online MSc Applied Health Science

If you do not meet these entry requirements, or are not ready to commit to a full MSc, you may be able to use our online short courses as a route into this degree.

Successfully complete two or more of the short courses that are part of this MSc and you’ll have proved you can study at this level. You can then apply to transfer onto the full Masters. This gives you a possible route into the MSc if you do not have an undergraduate degree.

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Master of Science

180 credits


This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in January 2023.

Postgraduate Diploma

120 credits


This indicative cost is based on 120 credits of study over two years, starting in January 2023.

Postgraduate Certificate

60 credits


This indicative cost is based on 30 credits of study per term, starting in January 2023.

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This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in January 2023.

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