Research course

Digital Health and Care

University of Bristol · School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Mathematics

Entry requirements

Upper second-class degree (or international equivalent) in either:

  • a STEM-related discipline (such as computer science, engineering)
  • or a health-related discipline (such as life sciences, medicine, health sciences, psychology, neuroscience, nursing or an allied health profession).

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

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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

Join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care 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.

Working together as a diverse and multidisciplinary group in purpose-built laboratories adjacent to Bristol Cathedral, students will collaborate closely with the local NHS, experts in social care, charities and with the CDT’s industry partners that range from start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations that are household names in computing and healthcare.

The first year will provide you with a unique foundation in the rapidly-moving field of digital health. Students from engineering and computer sciences 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.

The three-year PhD research project will then put what you have learnt from your first year into practice, building new expertise and creating new knowledge in digital health and care.

Learn more about the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

This CDT programme has Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funds to support up to ten eligible applicants per year inclusive of tuition fees, enhanced stipend, research and travel expenses. These studentships are also open to a limited number of international students. Full details of the terms and conditions for can be found on the EPSRC/UKRI webpage.

Applications received from self-funded students, and externally sponsored international students are welcome and will be considered.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Digital Health and Care CDT Enquiries