Our PhD programme is a platform to launch the careers of our future leaders in health data science. We are seeking ambitious researchers who wish to develop within the context of our national institute and to shape our response to the most complex health challenges through data-driven research and enabling infrastructure at a national level and co-production with the public and patients.

The programme is generously funded, providing up to eight places a year and is open to applicants with an academic background in the quantitative disciplines.

Places are highly sought after with successful applicants enjoying a four-year programme that includes a year of foundational training followed by a student-led three-year research project.

PhD research projects can be linked to our:

Team working

Students are trained to operate as a national cohort and to work collaboratively with others overcoming traditional institutional silos. While students are registered with one of our partner universities they can also draw on academic expertise from across the HDR UK network and are encouraged and supported to formulate research activities that bring a variety of experts together from across the UK.

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You can contact the Programme Administration team via email at phd@hdruk.ac.uk or telephone (+44 (0)770 847 8846). For information about how we process applicants’ data see PhD Applicant Privacy Notice.

What our students say

“With a normal PhD programme it would be difficult to be involved in national projects right after starting, but that’s what has happened with this programme. Five of us are involved in the HDR UK CVD-COVID project and have access to arguably the largest health data science dataset available in the UK.”

First year PhD student Haoting Zhang

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