Fully funded and promoting excellence

Our PhD programme promotes academic excellence and provides superb training for a successful career in health data science. It is generously funded, providing eight places a year and is open to applicants with an academic background in the quantitative disciplines.

Places are highly sought after (we are seeking new partners so we can increase the number) with successful applicants enjoying a four-year programme that includes a year of foundational training followed by a three-year thesis project.

PhD research projects can be linked to our:

Our philosophy is that health data science requires expertise spanning three fundamental areas: statistical, computational and health sciences.

Team working

Students are trained to operate as members of multi-disciplinary teams in which each member is an expert in one fundamental area but conversant in all three of these fundamentals. While students are registered with one of our partner universities they can also draw on academic expertise from across the UK-wide HDR UK and Turing network of more than 20 universities.

Each student is supervised by experts in quantitative methods and substantive health research. Co-funded projects with non-academic partners include a third supervisor drawn from the partner organisation.

There are also training events hosted by the partner universities, including short courses and “immersions” to:

  • Expand each student’s skills base ready for their thesis work
  • Encourage UK-wide networking within our student cohort and with students at our partner universities.

Find out more

You can contact the Programme Administration team via email at phd@hdruk.ac.uk or telephone (+44 (0)203 862 3379). For information about how we process applicants’ data see PhD Applicant Privacy Notice.

What our students say

“With a normal PhD programme it would be difficult to be involved in national projects right after starting, but that’s what has happened with this programme. Five of us are involved in the HDR UK CVD-COVID project and have access to arguably the largest health data science dataset available in the UK.”

First year PhD student Haoting Zhang

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