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This postgraduate programme will enhance the ability of current and future leaders to drive, deliver and embed digital transformation across Scotland’s health and care services. Targeted at individuals who are operating within a context or role where they are required to drive and implement practical digital transformational change within their organisation or system. Applicants will require to evidence as part of their application their ability to lead digital transformation and be a systems level digital leader within Scotland.

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Funded by the Scottish Government and led by NHS Education for Scotland as part of the Digital Skills and Leadership Programme, this postgraduate programme will enhance the ability of current and future leaders to drive, deliver and embed digital transformation across health and care services in Scotland.

Delivered by the University of Edinburgh, the programme aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge required to become innovative transformation leaders, while providing the opportunity to translate these into practice for the benefit of the organisation and/or wider system.  The content has specifically been designed to enhance the skills of digital leaders in health and care across Scotland (including housing, charities and third sector).*

The content will align and relate to the Scottish landscape; it will also include insight into digital innovation and transformation happening globally across health and care.  This senior level qualification is targeted at those working in any health or care setting (including housing, charities and third sector) who:

  • Currently operate within a role where they aspire to drive and implement digital transformational change within their organisation or system
  • Can meet the academic requirements for the programme or have 3-5 years relevant work experience
  • Has the support of the Chief Executive or an Executive Director in their organisation

The programme offers three flexible qualification routes, these are:

  • 1 year - Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)
  • 2 years - Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)
  • 3 years - Full masters (MSc)

Scottish Government funding has been provided for year 1 (PGCert) and year 2 (PGDip) for up to 60 participants.  For those who intend to complete year 3 (MSc) funding must be provided by the candidate’s own organisation or the candidate (self-fund). 


*The programme content is also informed by the Faculty of Clinical Informatics Core Competency Framework which is applicable to all roles in health and care (clinical and non-clinical). 

What to do next

More information on the programme including the eligibility criteria can be found using the navigation list on the left hand side of the page, where you can also download the aplication and guidance. 

To assist candidates we have also produced an FAQ document and here you will find recordings of the Q&A webinar sessions.

We advise that you speak to your line manager and executive sponsor at an early stage, they will require to complete and sign a section in the application in support of your application.

Completed applications should be submitted to the DEW mailbox ( by Sunday 15 Janaury.  We do not require any additional supporting evidence or copies of your qualifications at this time.