About the centre

Why study Digital Health and Care at the University of Bristol?

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care forms part of a vibrant and rich community of Digital Health research at the University of Bristol. Including flagship research project SPHERE, the Digital Health engineering group has attracted over £30m of funding since 2013. The CDT community also includes the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and the Jean Golding Institute for Data Science. Our CDT partners include charities, social enterprises, community groups, small health start-ups, large tech companies, and multi-national pharmaceutical companies.

Working together as a diverse and multidisciplinary group in purpose-built new 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.

Careers in Digital Health and Care

The digital health and care industry is one of the fastest growing, both internationally and in the UK, with current estimates indicating that the sector is increasing at a rate of 15 per cent each year. Driven by the health needs of ageing populations in countries such as the UK, France, Germany, China, Singapore, Japan and the US, this growth is expected to continue for decades to come.

Exciting career opportunities to develop new digitally-enabled, personalised health and care solutions exist within academia, the charitable sector and health providers in many different countries (e.g. the UK’s NHS), as well as myriad companies that have active health research and development programs (such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung, Huawei, Arm and many others).

I’d accumulated all this experience in healthcare in the industrial setting but I didn’t really have foundations of healthcare in general and I wanted something more concrete to mark my expertise in the field. A PhD in Digital Health looked like a perfect fit for me, so I applied.

Marceli Wac, 2nd Year student, engineering stream

Digital health is becoming a very exciting field. I felt that this course would add to the cancer research pathway that I was already on and this PhD would open up opportunities for me outside of academia.

Neshika Wijewardhane, 1st year CDT student, health stream

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
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