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Digital Health and Care PhD

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Full time


4 years

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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Health Care Management / Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary


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.

Join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care to become part of a new generation of innovators involved in building and developing apps, wearables, smart homes and other digital technologies. Together, these technologies are helping to support health professionals in their decision-making and empowering patients in managing their own health conditions.

Working together as a diverse and multidisciplinary group in purpose-built laboratories adjacent to Bristol Cathedral, students will collaborate closely with the local NHS, experts in social care, charities and with the CDT’s industry partners that range from start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations that are household names in computing and healthcare.

The three-year PhD research project will then put what you have learnt from your first year into practice, building new expertise and creating new knowledge in digital health and care.

Learn more about the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care; Career prospects

The CDT in Digital Health was designed together with industry partners to provide you with a complete set of skills to start working in the field of Digital Health. The Digital Health industry is one of the fastest growing, both internationally and in the UK. Driven by the health needs of ageing populations in countries such as the UK, France, Germany, China, Singapore, Japan and the US, this growth is expected to continue for decades to come.


The aim of the Research Project Initiation is to provide a critical and in-depth literature review for the PhD phase (years 2-4), and where appropriate some initial results. The final report should present the state-of-the-art in your project field; comparing and contrasting results and methodology used in the referenced technical papers. It should also contain recommendations and a plan for the full PhD project stage (including timelines for access to equipment, ethical approval, patient recruitment etc). Each project is carried out under the supervision of two members of staff. Importance is given to the planning of the work programme, the setting and achievement of objectives, the presentation of the results of the work and a work plan for the PhD phase.

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Entry requirements

Upper second-class degree (or international equivalent) in 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). In exceptional circumstances, we may consider applicants with alternative qualifications.