About the Programme

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Please see table below that outlines the compulsary and optional modules.

  • In year 1 Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) there are four mandatory modules.
  • In year 2 Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) there is only one mandatory module - learners will have the option to select the other modules.  (student must complete 60 credits)
  • In year 3 Full masters (MSc) - learners will have the option to select from one of the options below as to how they complete the programme.
Programme Features

Participants will join a vibrant learning community, grounded in Scottish roots, to develop a community of skilled people who can improve local, national, and global healthcare.

Edinburgh University's Usher Institute has an extensive track record of delivering innovative health and care leadership training for the Digital, Data, Design and Technology (DDAT) professional workforce, and aspiring in-practice health and care leaders.

Although the programme will be taught online, the existence of a physical hub at the Usher Institute and the Usher Innovation community – a network of health and social care innovators from the public, private and third sector – will generate additional educational opportunities through collaboration, networking events, sharing of resources, and peer feedback on teaching and academic practice.

This approach provides the benefits of a cohort learning and exchanging ideas together and creating a strong sense of community. Participants will also gain from the opportunity to join a mentoring network, providing support, career guidance, cross-institutional relationships and knowledge, skills and expertise.


Principal Aims

The aim of this Scotland-led master’s level programme is to provide students with the necessary skills and competencies to lead digital transformation across the health and care sector in Scotland.

  1. Rapid acceleration of skills acquisition at strategic level to meet the current demands for digital transformation of health and care services in Scotland.
  2. Increased recognition and professional status of strategic digital lead roles within health and care organisations in Scotland.
  3. Work with and support senior leaders (including executive and non-executive directors) to gain and further develop their skills to embed digital technology and literacy across their organisations
  4. A flexible modular part-time approach to learning with three exit awards (PGCert, PGDip and master’s qualifications and postgraduate professional development options) to meet the needs of busy senior leaders/health and social care professionals.
  5. Viable career pathways and networking opportunities for those currently operating in and those aspiring to attain these roles in Scotland.


Learning Outcomes

The programme learning outcomes include:

  • A critical understanding of the principles, methods, and applications of digital transformation in Scotland.
  • The ability to identify, assess and evaluate digital solutions to solve complex problems through appropriate use of research methodologies.
  • The skills and capacity to analyse facts, situations and settings and apply creative and inventive thinking to reimagine digital solutions and new capabilities to transform health and care services in Scotland.
  • The ability to articulate and effectively explain the processes of digital transformation and adapt communication styles for different situations and audiences, including the citizens of Scotland.
  • The ability to strategically lead, influence and implement plans for continual engagement and collaboration with stakeholders to maximize the use of digital innovations to benefit service delivery within organisations.
  • The practical skills to devise, lead and demonstrate the application of digital technology solutions for the benefit of service users and/or staff focused on recovery, rehabilitation, and new ways of working.