Digital Health Leadership
  • Postgraduate taught
  • PG Dip

Digital Health Leadership

Receive world-class training towards a career as a digital health leader on the flagship programme of the NHS Digital Academy.

Acquire the essential knowledge and skills to work as a leader driving digital health transformation in the NHS

Learn how to identify opportunities for digital transformation and manage large scale projects and organisational change

Benefit from a blended study programme that incorporates online and residential learning

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:2 in a relevant subject

  • Other requirements apply. Applicants must also be directly employed by the NHS or non-profit organisation with long-term commission to provide NHS services.

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Course overview

Receive world-class training towards a career as a digital health leader on the flagship programme of the NHS Digital Academy. Commissioned by Health Education England, this course explores how innovative leadership can help drive digital transformation within a healthcare setting.

You'll apply your learning to your professional practice and build the leadership expertise needed to improve and scale digital workforce capabilities.

You'll also evaluate and implement health information systems and learn how clinical data and insights can be used to drive continuous improvement.

This programme unites a range of experts from Imperial College London's Institute of Global Health Innovation and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Teaching is delivered via a blended study programme, with online learning complemented by residential learning opportunities at leadership forums across various sites in London, and the UK.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll study the following core modules.

Core modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Recorded lectures available online
    Live webinars

Balance of assessment


  • Taught modules
  • Research project

  • 100% Taught modules
  • 0% Research project

Assessment methods

  • In-class quiz
    Multiple-choice questions
  • A group of people interacting
    Group assignments
  • Reflective journals
  • Papers from a written report
    Written assignments

Teaching methods

Students will be provided with access to online content with guidance how to progress through the materials. This will be complemented by live webinars, tutorials, and assessment briefings on each module, delivered by the Module Leads and Teaching Fellows.

The Leadership in Practice module will run throughout the course of the year. The module is centred around developing communities of practice, with experts and practitioners sharing reflection on leadership challenges and experience with operating in health, policy, and innovation settings.

Entry requirements

This course welcomes applications from NHS employees.

Please see a full overview of eligibility criteria. You must be employed by an NHS organisation or commissioned service in England.

How to apply

Interested applicants can get in touch with the programme team.

Tuition fees

Fees info

NHS funded

Places on this course are fully funded by a sponsorship arrangement with NHS England.

For more information, learn more about the Digital Health Leadership programme on the NHS England website.


The Dean’s Master’s Scholarships

Value per award

  • £10,000

Who it's for

  • All students applying to study a Faculty of Medicine Master’s programme beginning in October 2024
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How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Learn the skills and knowledge needed to take on senior leadership roles in digital health and care.

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Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

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You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications