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Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care

Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care

About the Centre

The future of Health is Digital – we urgently need new technologies for understanding, preventing, diagnosing and managing illnesses that affect millions of people, such as diabetes, depression and dementia.

This unique multidisciplinary PhD programme brings together students from health and life sciences, computer science, design and engineering. It is creating a new generation of innovators who understand how smartphone apps, wearables & smart homes can support decision-making by health professionals and help a patient manage their own health.

For more information, please see our website.

Programme details

Our unique Centre is housed in a purpose-built, newly refurbished lab space adjacent to Bristol Cathedral. The taught first year is specially designed to bridge the disciplinary gaps, to explain how technology is designed to work within healthcare systems such as the NHS and to introduce students to a more than 20 external partners in the programme – including charities, community groups, small health start-ups, large technology companies, NHS organisations and multi-national pharmaceutical companies. The Centre partner organisations include Microsoft Research, Arm, Pfizer, Toshiba and AstraZeneca.

After this first year, our students undertake a 3-year research project, supervised by one of the 60 academics in the supervisory network across four Bristol faculties and in close collaboration with one or more external partners. These projects make use of expertise and facilities supported by some £30M of digital health research at the University since 2013.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care

Fully Funded Studentships available

Click on the Apply Online button below and select ‘Digital Health and Care (CDT) (PhD)’ on the Programme Choice page.

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper-second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. This can be EITHER a STEM-related discipline (e.g. computer science, engineering) OR a health-related discipline (e.g. life sciences, medicine, health sciences, psychology, neuroscience, nursing or an allied health profession).

Enhanced EPSRC studentships covering fees and living costs are available to UK / EU students (subject to eligibility requirement on-line).

All applicants are considered on an equal basis in line with the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join our cohort.

For more information, see our website or contact [email protected]

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