HDR UK and the Alan Turing Institute, with the support of Wellcome, have brought together a UK-wide network of seven partner universities to deliver a unique PhD programme that champions their principles of scientific excellence and changing research culture for the better:

  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University College London
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford

This four-year programme in Health Data Science includes one year of foundational training followed by a three-year thesis project. Our underlying philosophy is that health data science requires a combination of expertise spanning three fundamental areas: statistical, computational and health sciences.

We recruit students whose academic background is in the quantitative disciplines, and train them to operate as members of multi-disciplinary teams with each member an expert in one of the fundamental areas but conversant in all three.

Students on the programme are registered at one of seven partner universities but can also draw on academic expertise from across the HDRUK and Turing university network across the UK.
Each student is supervised by a quantitative methods and a substantive health research expert. Co-funded projects with non-academic partners include a third supervisor drawn from the partner organisation.

Training events are hosted by the partner universities. These include short courses and week-long “immersions” that we have designed with the twin aims of expanding the students’ skills base in preparation for their thesis work in years two to four and encouraging UK-wide networking, both within the student cohort and with other, like-minded students at our partner universities.

The programme offers the following to students:

  • Tax-free student stipend (indicative Year 1 rates for 2020/21 of £19,919 for those based outside London and £22,278 for those based in London with increases each year).
  • PhD registration fees at the UK student rate (and college fees where required)
  • Research expenses and travel costs
  • Significant support for training and help to transition to the next step of your career at the end of the PhD

PhD Programme Team

Our Programme Team includes the following people from Health Data Research UK and the Alan Turing Institute:

Prof Peter Diggle (Director, University of Lancaster)
Prof Christopher Yau (Co-Director, University of Manchester)
Kal Kohli (Doctoral Programme Coordinator, The Alan Turing Institute)
Dr Ben Murton (Head of Professional and Academic Development, The Alan Turing Institute)
Amy Gallimore (Academic Recruitment Coordinator, The Alan Turing Institute)