Year 1

The Year 1 Foundation training is delivered across our University partners throughout the UK.

Common Core Syllabus

In-person and digital distance learning, delivered by HDR UK researchers, Turing Fellows and representatives of our non academic partners to provide all students with a common and in-depth foundational background in the data and health sciences.

Example topics include:

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Foundations of Biology
  • Machine Learning
  • Reproducible Science
  • Data Ethics


Residentials immersion events to gain deep insight into the work of HDR UK, our NHS and industry partners; meet potential PhD supervisors at each of our regional sites; intensive data dives tackling a real-world problem using a team-based approach.

Example immersion topics include:

  • Risk Prediction
  • Clinical Trials
  • Epidemiology
  • Bioinformatics

Researcher Development

Training delivered by academic, industry and NHS experts to promote personal and professional development in leadership capability, cross-sector collaborative skills and inter-disciplinary working.

Years 2-4

During years 2-4, you will select a research project based on your interests from year 1, undertaken at one of our partner universities. Throughout the programme you will be co-supervised by at least one expert in quantitative methods and one in substantive health research, with potential input from non-academic partner organisations.

PhD research projects could be linked to: