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University of Leeds and School of Computing facilities.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a II(i) honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a Medicine and Health or Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) subject.

For candidates whose first language is not English IELTS 6.5 overall, 7 writing, 6.5 other sections or TOEFL 100 overall, 25 writing, 22 other sections or equivalent.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria as listed above but who may meet the requirements via other qualifications and/or experience are encouraged to contact the relevant admissions team. This allows the applicant’s individual set of qualifications, and the context in which these were attained, to be considered.

Typically, our students have a 1st class honours degree or distinction in a Master's degree prior to entry.


There around 10 highly competitive EPSRC fully funded studentship awards for Session 2023/24 covering the full cost of University fees plus maintenance.  Applications are open to all applicants, with opportunities for Non-UK Fee rated applicants limited by UKRI to 3.

A full standard studentship consists of academic fees together with a maintenance grant (£17,668 in Session 2022/23) 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.

There are a limited number of places available to applicants with external funding, e.g. who are able to self-fund their own study or are funded by an external sponsor.

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. UK researchers from black and minoritised ethnic groups are currently under-represented, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK black and minoritised ethnic group candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

Next Deadline

Applications are now closed. We have finished our recruitment of PhD students.

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