MSc in Digital Health

The MSc in Digital Health is a two-year graduate program that offers 120 ECTS credits. Students can choose between two study routes: a research-based course, which allocates 60 ECTS credits to courses and 60 ECTS credits to an individual research project, or a course-based route, which offers 90 ECTS credits for courses and 30 ECTS credits for an MSc project, which can be completed individually or in a group. The program is closely related to the research carried out at Reykjavik University, primarily within the School of Computer Science and the School of Engineering, through research-based courses and advanced research projects. The program aims to prepare students for successful careers in the industry, focusing mainly on digital health or further academic study.


MSc in Digital Health is an excellent choice for students interested in the intersection of healthcare and technology and who want to make a real impact in the field. With its focus on practical skills and real-world applications, the program provides students with the knowledge and experience they need to succeed in this exciting and rapidly evolving field.

The MSc in Digital Health is an essential step in educating future digital health technology experts and leaders in Iceland. It aims to prepare them to improve the healthcare system through an innovative digital and data-driven revolution. The opportunities for technology in the healthcare system are numerous, and this program is for individuals passionate about exploring these opportunities.


The program offers courses ranging from practical to theoretical and is available in English, with small class sizes and close interaction between students and faculty. Students can tailor the program to their interests and can work on cutting-edge research with one of the many research centers within the university. The program is home to several research centers, including Artificial Intelligence, Theoretical Computer Science, Language Technology, and Engineering Software.


120 ECTS.


The language of instruction is English.

Length of study

Two years, full-time. 4 terms with the option of either doing a 30 or 60 ECTS final project

Start date

August each year.

Course catalogue

For more information about course content, please refer to the online course catalogue.


  • Small class sizes and close interaction between students and faculty
  • Exceptional faculty that feature world-renowned professors
  • Programmes can be tailored to student's interests
  • Courses range from practical to theoretical
  • Students can work on cutting-edge research with one of the many research centers
  • The University is home to a number of research centers including Artificial Intelligence, Theoretical Computer Science, Language Technology and Engineering Software.

This new master's program is an important step in educating future experts in Iceland, who are leaders in designing and developing digital health technology and with expertise in using data from the health system for good. The opportunities for technologies in the healthcare system are truly there. For example, there are all sorts of processes that could be improved with technological innovations, and this master's program is exactly for individuals who are passionate about improving the healthcare system through an innovative digital and data-driven revolution.

Anna Sigríður Islind, Associate Professor
at the Department of Computer Science at Reykjavik University 


To be admitted to the program, students must have a Bachelor's degree (B.Sc., B.A. or equivalent) in health-related or technical subjects. Each application is assessed for relevance by a program committee consisting of Anna Sigridur Islind and Paolo Gargiolu. Industry or healthcare sector experience is also valued. Supporting documents include a CV/résumé, official university transcripts, a letter of motivation, and two academic references. Non-native English speakers are required to provide English proficiency scores, which may be waived in some cases.

The application deadline has been extended to the 15th of May 2023.

Supporting documents

  • CV/résumé 
  • Official university transcript/s, including educational career and academic results. 
  • Submission of a letter of motivation (approx. 300 words) that includes reasoning for pursuing graduate work and academic goals.
  • Two academic references. You should select two referees who can provide an informed view of your academic or professional ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study. The letters of recommendation should be sent directly to
  • Applicants are only invited to an interview after they have sent all necessary documents. 

English language test score certificate (non-native speakers only)

You should upload a scanned copy of the original English language test certificate. If you do not have test results when applying, you should submit your application without these scores and send them to us separately once available. 

Language test waiver

The requirement to provide English proficiency scores may be waived, in cases where you have successfully completed or are currently completing, a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months at a recognised institution where the medium of instruction and assessment is entirely in English. If you wish to apply for a waiver of the English language test requirement, you will need to upload a letter with your application outlining the reasons why you should be exempted.



The Master's programme in Computer Science typically takes two years to complete and offers two different options for study: course-based or research-based. For more information on these options, you can refer to the module handbook.

The first two terms of the programme consist of courses. Depending on whether a student chooses to complete a 60 ECTS final project, the third term will either be devoted to that project or will include additional courses and an internship in industry or the healthcare sector. The fourth term is dedicated to the final project for all students.

In the second year of the programme, students can choose between two options: they can either take courses and complete a 30 ECTS thesis, or they can focus solely on a 60 ECTS thesis.

Mandatory courses include Software Project Management, Research Methodology, Digital Health, Applications of Digital Health, Analyzing, Optimizing Health Informatics through Practice, and an MSc thesis. Students may also take undergraduate courses or courses outside of the School of Computer Science or the School of Science and Engineering under certain conditions.

Fall                                                                                            Spring
  • Digital Health (8 ECTS)
  • Applications of Digital Health (8 ECTS)
  • Software Project Management (8 ECTS)
  • Elective (6 ECTS)

  • Analysing and Optimizing Health Informatics through Practice (8 Ects)
  • Electives through NeuroTech (8 ECTS)
  • Research methods (8 ECTS)
  • Elective (6 ECTS)

Fall                                                                                                                                                Spring
  • M.Sc. Thesis in Digital Health (60 ECTS)
  • Multi-disciplinary Elective (8 ECTS)
  • Independent Research Project in Digital Health (16 ECTS) 
  • Elective (8 ECTS)

  • M.Sc. Thesis in Digital Health (60 ECTS)
  • M.Sc. Thesis in Digital Health (30 ECTS)

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