PhD Studentships: Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care

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Closing date: 31st July

University of Bristol, Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care

About the Centre

The future of Health is Digital – the University of Bristol urgently needs new technologies for understanding, preventing, diagnosing and managing illnesses that affect millions of people, such as diabetes, depression and dementia.

This unique multidisciplinary PhD programme brings together students from health and life sciences, computer science, design and engineering.

Join them to become part of a new generation of innovators involved in building and developing apps, wearables, smart homes and other digital technologies. Together, these technologies are helping to support health professionals in their decision-making and empowering patients in managing their own health conditions.

CDT students will combine technological depth with a broad appreciation of the health landscape and patients’ needs, with an eye to the business and technological models that underpin adoption. This, combined with the ambition to accelerate innovation with a principled commitment to ethics, inclusivity, regulation, data security and privacy will provide the foundations needed to build the next generation of digital health.

Programme Details

Their unique Centre is housed in a purpose-built, newly refurbished lab space adjacent to Bristol Cathedral. The taught first year is specially designed to bridge the disciplinary gaps, it will provide you with a unique foundation in the rapidly-moving field of digital health. Students from engineering/computer sciences and technical backgrounds will be introduced to relevant aspects of health; while students from a health-related background will be introduced to coding, data analysis and e-health. You will come together to work on real-world digital health problems, leveraging varied expertise from across the cohort.

Students will have the opportunity to attend workshops and develop potential supervisory relationships with more than 20 external partners in the programme – including charities, community groups, small health start-ups, large technology companies, healthcare delivery organisations (including the NHS in the UK) and multi-national pharmaceutical companies. The Centre partner organisations include Microsoft Research, Arm, Pfizer, Toshiba and AstraZeneca.

After their first year, our students undertake a 3-year research project, supervised by an interdisciplinary team formed from our supervisory network of over 60 academics across four Bristol faculties, and in close collaboration with one or more external partners. These projects make use of expertise and facilities supported by some £30M of digital health research at the University since 2013.

Applications for 2021 entry are open now and admissions will take place on a rolling basis until July 2021.

Fully Funded Studentships Available

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper-second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. This can be EITHER a STEM-related discipline (e.g. computer science, engineering) OR a health-related discipline (e.g. life sciences, medicine, health sciences, psychology, neuroscience, nursing or an allied health profession).

Enhanced EPSRC studentships covering fees and living costs are available to UK and overseas students (subject to eligibility requirement on-line).

All applicants are considered on an equal basis in line with the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy.

They welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join our cohort.

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