Our scholarships

HDR UK is partnering with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Data Centre and a series of charities to offer master’s degree funding and research opportunities for up to eight talented students.

The £10,000 scholarships are fully funded by HDR UK.

Students will each carry out their own research project.

Applications are now open for MSc opportunities in partnership with Kidney Research UK and Diabetes UK (see below for details about these leading research charities).

More MSc opportunities will be posted soon, so keep an eye on this page.

Our scholarships programme offers invaluable experience of working in an important area of healthcare research.

Students gain insights and knowledge plus the experience and qualifications to enter a field that offers lots of great career opportunities.

Scholars with relevant skills may be able to carry out their project in the BHF Data Science Centre.

Applications are welcomed from students who have been accepted on relevant UK university master’s courses.


“These highly flexible scholarships allow students to carry out valuable real-world research at the leading edge of healthcare. They are an ideal launchpad for a fulfilling career that makes a genuine difference to people’s lives and wellbeing.” HDR UK Chief Talent and Training Officer, Christopher Yau


Your MSc research can make a real difference

Matthew Retford’s work is a great example of how our scholarships provide an outstanding chance to carry out a project that advances health research.

His project, at the BHF Data Science Centre, is investigating whether a diabetes medication (SGLT2i) can increase the risk of hospitalisation from a rare but life-threatening complication (diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)).

Recent evidence suggests that SGLT2i might be valuable in improving COVID-19 outcomes for people with diabetes, so being able to balance risks against benefits really matters.


  • A confirmed place on a relevant course at a UK university
  • A first degree at 2:1 or above in a quantitative subject (such as maths, physics or engineering)
  • To be eligible for home fees
  • To demonstrate an interest in the relevant disease areas
  • Basic coding skills in R or Python
  • No previous background in health data science is required but some previous experience in a life sciences project will be an advantage
  • A quantitative background (such as maths, physics or engineering)
  • Applications open to part-time students

The application process

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take computing aptitude tests followed by interviews. MSc studies will commence each September.

Applications are welcome from returning students and members of under-represented groups.
To find out if you meet the entry requirements email Learn@hdruk.ac.uk.

Applicants should not use platforms such as ChatGPT to answer questions. AI generated answers will be detected and rejected accordingly.

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To apply for one of our £10,000 master's degree scholarships

Our charity partners

Kidney Research UK

MSc scholars will benefit from:

As the leading kidney research charity in the UK, the charity has an urgent mission to end kidney disease.  It is a disease that affects three million people in the UK nd the numbers are growing. It ruins and destroys lives and must be stopped. Treatments can be gruelling and currently there is no cure. Only research will end this. 

Diabetes UK Diabetes UK is the leading charity for people living with diabetes in the UK. HDR UK is partnering with Diabetes UK to offer master’s degree scholarships to enable them to carry out valuable real-world health data science research.

“We are excited to partner with HDR UK on the health data science scholarships for masters’ students. These scholarships will provide financial support and allow students to undertake a data science research project at leading health institutions in the UK.” Diabetes UK Head of Research Funding, Kamini Shah


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