Everything for a great career

The HDR UK and Alan Turing Institute PhD Programme is structured to provide each student with the experience, training and supervision they need for a bright career in health data science. They will not only undertake a valuable doctoral research project, but will have gain a good understanding of the sector and will have support in transitioning from their PhD into a new role.

Foundation year

Common Core Syllabus: This provides an in-depth foundational background in the data and health sciences. It is delivered by HDR UK researchers, Turing fellows and representatives of our non-academic partners through in-person and digital distance learning. Topics include:

  • Probability and statistics
  • Foundations of biology
  • Machine learning
  • Reproducible science
  • Data ethics


Residential immersion events allow students to gain a deep insight into the work of HDR UK, our NHS and industry partners. They are also a chance to meet potential PhD supervisors and undertake intensive data dives tackling a real-world problem using a team-based approach. Immersion topics include risk prediction, clinical trials, epidemiology and bioinformatics.

Researcher development

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


During years 2-4, you will select a research project based on your interests from Year 1. The research is carried out at one of our partner universities and could be linked to HDR UK research priorities, research hubs or partnerships.

Throughout the programme students are co-supervised by at least one expert in quantitative methods and one in substantive health research, with potential input from non-academic partner organisations.

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.

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