Research course

Health Data Science

Lancaster University · School of Health and Medicine

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements

As part of your application you will also need to provide a viable research proposal. Guidance for writing a research proposal can be found on our writing a research proposal webpage.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD in Health Data Science provides research training in developing applied informatic and analytic approaches to data within health-related subjects such as medicine and the biomedical, biotechnological, and bioengineering sciences.

You will join the programme with a supervisory panel composed of academics working in health data science more broadly. Throughout the programme, and particularly during your first year, you will be encouraged to engage in training opportunities at Lancaster and elsewhere to develop both your research skills and subject-specific knowledge and abilities. Throughout your studies, you will focus on novel scientific research, developing best practice in interpreting and communicating new scientific methods and findings.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Lancaster Medical School