PhD Studentship: Project in Machine Learning and Health Research

University of Kent - School of Computing

The School of Computing is currently inviting applications for a three-year PhD scholarship in machine learning applied to medical data, in partnership with the Centre for Health Services Studies.

We invite applications for three year, funded PhD degrees.

The PhD Project

The successful candidate will do research on machine learning methods and their application to medical data. The target data, managed by the Centre for Health Service Studies, includes details of diagnosis and treatments for a large number of patients. Machine learning has the potential to discover new predictive relationships in such data, which could ultimately support medical researchers and clinicians to design or implement better diagnosis and treatments for some patients. This project offers an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to become an expert in machine learning, whilst at the same time acquiring research experience in medical applications of machine learning and potentially contributing to the discovery of new patterns in real-world medical data. More details are available on the School of Computing website.

Start Date and Funding

The expected start date is 1 October 2018. 

The scholarship award will cover a maintenance grant plus tuition fees at the home/EU rate. The scholarship award is available to UK, EU and overseas students. However, note that the type of tuition fees covered by the scholarship is only the fees at the home/EU rate, so overseas students would need to have another source of funding to cover the difference between the fees at the home/EU and the overseas rate.

In the 2017-18 academic year, the maintenance grant was £14,553 and fees at the home/EU rate were £4,179 making a total of £18,732. The maintenance grant and fees are reviewed annually.

Scholarships are normally awarded annually for three years (36 months) for a full-time PhD student, subject to satisfactory progression through each year of study. They are awarded on a competitive basis and interview performance will be taken into account.

Support for research students includes:

  • regular supervision meetings
  • a research training programme
  • computer equipment
  • a desk in an office
  • funds for conference travel

How to Apply

Deadline: 31 January 2018

Applications should be made through the: University of Kent online admissions form with the PhD Project text, given above, pasted into the "Reasons for study" section. 

We will need to receive from you:

  • Certificates and transcripts (with course marks/grades) of all university degree studies,
  • Research proposal on a selected topic including a mini literature review, a proposed methodology, a work plan and a bibliography, 
  • Properly formatted CV, including your full list of publications (if any) and
  • The names and email addresses of two academic referees


For technical queries about the project, email Professor Alex Freitas ( and/or Professor Chris Farmer (
For queries regarding the application procedure, email the PG-Research admissions officer: Laura Bocchi

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