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Entry requirements

A degree equivalent to a UK first class Honours, or a high upper second class Honours degree, in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Computing or Health discipline.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the following minimum English language requirement:

  • British Council IELTS – score of 6.5 overall, with no component less than 6.5;
  • TOEFL iBT  – score of 91 overall, with listening and reading components no less than 22, writing component no less than 23 and speaking component no less than 24;
  • Pearson PTE Academic – score of 64 overall, with no component less than 64.


UK and International


A full standard studentship consists of academic fees together with a maintenance grant (£15,009 in Session 2019/20) paid at standard Research Council rates. Successful applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. You will also have access to a Research Training Grant, which you can use to attend conferences and other development opportunities.

How to apply

You can apply for your research degree online. Make sure you complete the application form as fully as you can.

You’re required to provide the following information:

  • CV
  • A personal statement (no more than 1 side of A4)
  • Transcripts and certificates for all degree-level qualifications

Important information: please add the title of the CDT AI for Medical Diagnosis and Care in both the ‘funding’ and ‘research area/title’ section of the application form. You do not need to contact a potential supervisor during this process, as a list of PhD projects will be provided during your first year from which you identify three preferred projects. You will be allocated one of those.

You are not required to have a formal programming/AI qualification, but if you do not have one we will be looking for an aptitude and enthusiasm in this area.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

Next Deadline

The deadline for application for entry in September 2021 was on 16 April 2021. There will not be a further application round.


If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
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