EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Smart Medical Imaging

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Smart Medical Imaging

About Us

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Smart Medical Imaging at King’s College London and Imperial College London is a successful partnership of two world-class institutions to provide PhD training within an embedded hospital environment in central London. Our students benefit from state-of-the-art research laboratories across both universities and close interaction with healthcare industry.

Our vision is to train the next generation of medical imaging researchers, leveraging the full potential of medical imaging for healthcare through integration of artificial intelligence, targeted, responsive and safer imaging probes, and cutting-edge emerging and affordable imaging solutions within a unique multi-disciplinary environment of imaging scientists, engineers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals.

PhD Training Programme

We offer an integrated PhD programme with dedicated training in transferable skills, responsible research and innovation, and entrepreneurship. Our students also enjoy placement opportunities in world-class international labs and in the healthcare industry, maximising their career opportunities and employability. The training programme follows a dedicated cohort approach: around 15 students are joining each year, and closely interact and collaborate across disciplines from day 1.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Smart Medical Imaging

Who Should Apply?

Applications are now closed for our September 2023 programme

Committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment, the Centre particularly encourages applications from communities that are currently under-represented in STEM and academia.

Applicants will normally be expected to have a first class, distinction or high upper second-class degree in relevant subjects, including mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, or biology. We may also consider other qualifications and all applications will be assessed on an individual case.

Visit our website for more details on eligibility and our admissions criteria.


The Centre funds around 10-15 studentships every year. Each PhD studentship is funded for 4 years and includes tuition fees and a competitive tax-free stipend set at the UKRI London-weighting (rate for 2023/24: £20,662). Students also receive a generous allowance for research consumables, conference travel, international lab visits and industry placements.

Why Join Us

  • Fully funded PhD studentships, including generous research consumables and conference travel, with exposure to international imaging labs and healthcare industry placements;
  • Research excellence in Smart Medical Imaging within a unique multi-disciplinary hospital environment in Central London (St Thomas’ Hospital), with state-of-the-art labs and clinical research imaging facilities within both King’s and Imperial;
  • Choice of a large number of innovative PhD projects, supervised by internationally renowned academics from King’s College London and/or Imperial College London, with direct input from world-leading clinical academics of our associated NHS Hospital Trusts;
  • Close healthcare industry involvement in selective research projects, with paid internships and on-site clinical application specialists from major industry partners;
  • Emphasis on research collaboration through PhD cohort building and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transferable skills training for outstanding employability;
  • Regular opportunities to get involved in public engagement projects and conferences, contributing to a vibrant and diverse student community;
  • Emphasis on research collaboration through PhD cohort building and interdisciplinary research training, and transferable skills training for outstanding employability;
  • Access to large UK research initiatives and infrastructure, such as the new £10m London Medical Imaging & Artificial Intelligence Centre for Value-Based Healthcare, the NVIDIA AI initiative at King’s, the new London high-field 7T MR centre based at King’s and the Imperial White City Campus.

In line with UKRI guidance on eligibility, the Centre will offer studentships to home and international students (including EU/EEA/Swiss nationals), which include a stipend, project consumables and student fees.

Projects (the full list of projects can be found on our Website)

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