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PhD opportunities at the UKRI Centre  Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare

PhD opportunities at the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare

The Centre for Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare brings together world-leading expertise to train researchers and innovators who will push forward the frontiers of AI in healthcare and develop new and wider types of AI application.

For entry 2021, we will be admitting at a dozen or more PhD students, including clinical PhD fellows.

Health is a key challenge area in AI, and AI will be key to ensuring future health systems can:

  • Increase efficiency and quality of care as demands from ageing populations increase
  • Exploit the huge volumes of new genomic, biological and medical data to develop new treatments and offer precision medicine
  • Engage the public and patients better in preventing avoidable illness and managing long-term conditions
  • Deliver effective data-driven responses to infectious disease and environmental change

Our approach

Our strategy is broad, inclusive and multidisciplinary. For us AI is about an entire system that solves a health problem, this may require combining different algorithmic and representational approaches including machine learning, robotics, optimisation, symbolic reasoning, natural language processing, and computer vision.

As well as an AI research supervisor, each student also has a health research supervisor. Their expertise ranges from lab-based research to diagnostics, clinical imaging, surgery, prosthetics, and public health; tackling problems in cancer, diabetes, infection, neurology, mental health, and many other areas.

PhD opportunities at the UKRI Centre  Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare

How to Apply

Our students will benefit from an integrated training programme and the joint supervision between at least one AI expert supervisor and one Healthcare expert supervisor. Our supervisor pool comprises world-leading expert in Artificial Intelligence and closely related disciplines (such as computer vision and robotics) as well as clinicians from at least three NHS Trusts (Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, and Royal Marsden NHS Trust). We also work with independent Institutes and national centres of excellence at Imperial, including: Cancer Research UK, Institute of Cancer Research, Dementia Research Institute, Health Data Research, ‘Discover NoW’ Hub; and MRC’s London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS).

Please check on our Centre webpage what information should be included in the application. The application needs to be submitted through Imperial’s application portal:

Application deadline: 8 January 2021.


Fully funded UKRI studentships are available for Home (UK) students and a limited number of studentships are available for international students. A studentship covers tuition fees and stipend at the UKRI rate plus London allowance, tax-free, for three years.


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