How to apply

All applicants are considered on an equal basis in line with the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and we are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join our cohort. 

Entry Requirements:

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

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

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

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

The following documents are required as part of the application:

Please take particular note of the case study requirement below. This will need to be uploaded to your application as an additional document and we will not be able to process your application without it.

  • Two academic references (minimum).
  • Degree certificate(s) from first and subsequent degrees.
  • Academic transcripts from first and any subsequent degrees. 
  • Personal statement.
  • Case study - The applicant should provide up to one A4 page of text on an important health issue that interests them and give an example of a digital technology that has been proposed to address it. They should discuss critically, with references if possible, the strengths and weaknesses of the technology approach. They should give at least one example of how and why they think the digital technology could be improved or used better. The case study will not be binding once applicants begin the course, and we anticipate that proposals will change substantially over time as students build on their subject knowledge in their first year. 
  • English language certificates are required from applicants for whom English is not the native language and whose full undergraduate degree was not taught in an English-speaking country (please see the English Language Requirements for a list of English-speaking countries) 

The following documents are optional as part of the application:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Additional references.
  • Research training statement.

Full details on the application process, can be found on the prospectus page.


After application:

Once a complete application has been submitted with all required supporting documents, it is considered by two members of staff and a decision is made using the following criteria: 

  • Academic achievement (50%)
  • Case study (10%)
  • Response to questions at interview (10%)
  • References (10%)
  • Fit to cohort (20%)

We typically target a cohort of 50% with first degrees in engineering/computer science and 50% with first degrees in a health-related subject. Applicants are considered holistically on their own merit and in competition with the rest of the applicant cohort during that academic cycle.


The thing I’ve been asked most by people thinking about applying for the course was ‘do you have to know what your project is when you apply?’ I would say, no you absolutely don’t have to know what your project will be when you apply. Its more important to sit back and enjoy all the opportunities that there are in the first year with all the different speakers that come in and talk from different companies. Its so interesting just to listen to what they have to say and you can have your mind broadened to all these different possibilities.

Romana Burgess, Cohort 1 student engineering stream

The interview day gives you a bit of a taster of what the course could potentially be like. I think that’s really important because it’s not just a day to see if you’re a good fit for the PhD programme, it’s also a day to see if the PhD programme is a good fit for you.

Joe Matthews, Cohort 1 student, health stream
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