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PhD in Digital Health

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

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £18,000 stipend . for four years plus a substantial allowance for conference travel and consumables
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th February 2019
Closes: 31st May 2019

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

Digital technologies, such as smartphone apps, wearables, blood sugar monitors – and Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as smart home systems (e.g. Echo), smart meters and connected appliances - offer an unprecedented opportunity to collect data. With the data processed by Artificial Intelligence they will deliver decision support to health and care professionals; predict or detect a patient’s symptoms worsening; support independent living; deliver behavioural and even pharmaceutical interventions; and allow the efficacy of treatments to be monitored.

To meet the challenge and seize the opportunity, the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Digital Health and Care will nurture leadership that will span this hugely multidisciplinary space – combining technological depth with broad appreciation of the health landscape; empathy with the patient’s needs with an eye to business models that underpin adoption; ambition to accelerate innovation with a principled commitment to ethics, inclusivity, regulation, data security and privacy. 

This CDT will physically co-locate a cohort of students from Engineering & Computer Sciences and Health & Life Sciences and it will bridge the disciplinary gaps, work with key external partners, foster better understandings and activate peer-to-peer learning within the cohort itself. Bristol is the perfect place to train future leaders at this disciplinary interface, building on £30M of digital health research at the University since 2013. Our CDT partners include charities, social enterprise, community groups, small health start-ups, large tech companies, and multi-national pharmaceutical companies.

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Candidate requirements: 

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) 

In exceptional circumstances, we may consider applicants with alternative qualifications.

For information on international equivalent qualifications, please refer to our International Office website.

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