Applications for September 2022 entry are now OPEN. 

We have fully funded PhD positions available in the exciting and multidisciplinary field of Digital Health and Care. If you can imagine a new, digital, future for healthcare - we'd love to hear from you!

The programme

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 us 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.

CDT students will combine technological depth with a broad appreciation of the health landscape and the patients' needs, with an eye to the business and technological models that underpin adoption. This combined with the ambition to accelerate innovation with a principled commitment to ethics, inclusivity, regulation, data security and privacy will provide the foundations needed to build the next generation of digital health.

For more information, please see programme details.


The CDT taught year sets you up really well for the kind of interdisciplinary work that you do with supervisors from different specialisms. I look back at some of the things we covered in the taught year and I feel a lot more confident incorporating them into the project now than I would have done.

Joe Matthews, 2nd year CDT student, health stream

Whatever idea you have, no matter how specific or abstract, there will always be someone here who will be able to guide you and help with your research.

Marceli Wac, 2nd year CDT student, engineering stream

I liked the idea of the CDT taught year which would introduce me to a range of health concepts and then I’d be able to find something I could focus on and that my background would be helpful for.

Romana Burgess, 2nd year CDT student, engineering stream

The taught course is a busy full year of study as well as a lot of activities to interact with your year group and academics from across the University, which is one of the things that makes the CDT unique.

Neshika Wijewardhane, 1st year CDT student, health stream
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