Fully funded CDT 4-year programme

  • Studentship
  • Edinburgh
  • 14 January 2022

Website BioMedAI_CDT UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical AI

  • Opportunity type: Funded 4-year studentship
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Stipend: £15,609 per year, subject to annual increment
  • Working pattern: Full-time, part-time and flexible working patterns possible

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence

Now recruiting to a fully funded 4-year programme, to start in September 2022.

Building on the tradition of world-leading research and innovation at the University of Edinburgh, our Centre will train a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists who will shape the development of AI within biomedical research over the next decades. Our students will gain the skills, knowledge and acumen to realise biomedical breakthroughs using AI while anticipating and addressing the social issues connected with their research.

Training programme

The CDT programme follows 1+3 format. In Year 1 you will study towards a Master by Research, undertaking a number of taught courses and taster research projects to broaden and refine your skills and explore different research areas. In Year 2-4 you will propose and pursue an interdisciplinary PhD project under the joint supervision of an AI expert and an application domain expert.

Throughout the programme, you will be working in a collaborative and stimulating environment, underpinned by cohort-driven activities, joint problem solving and peer support. There will be plenty of opportunities to showcase your work at local, national and international conferences. You will also undertake masterclasses, research visits and internships with our partners.

Why join us?

  • Fully funded 4-year studentship, covering tuition fees, stipend and travel/research support.
  • Extensive choice of projects at the intersection of AI, biomedicine and social sciences, under guidance of world-leading researchers and clinical experts.
  • Interdisciplinary training programme comprising a bespoke bootcamp, taught courses, workshops, taster projects and other activities.
  • Opportunities for joint projects, research visits, internships and other collaboration with our extensive network of research and industry partners worldwide.
  • Tailored training in public engagement, entrepreneurship awareness, responsible innovation and leadership skills.
  • Wide variety of CDT events throughout the year, including seminar series, masterclasses, summer school, conferences, guest lectures and industry days.
  • State-of-the-art facilities and vibrant world-class research community at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Our commitment to be a fair and inclusive programme which fosters responsible research practice and careful consideration of the societal impacts of our research.

Entry requirements

Applicants with a UK 2.1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in computer science, mathematics, physics, biomedical science, engineering or social sciences or a related discipline with relevant technical experience are welcome to apply.

Relevant background knowledge for candidates might include statistics courses during your undergraduate studies, online courses, or specific projects involving data science techniques during your education or work experience.

Visit our website for further information.


CDT studentships fund 4 years of study, covering tuition fees, stipend and travel/research support.
Studentships are open to UK, EU and international applicants.


Applications for 2022 entry are now open!
Deadline: 14 January 2022

We expect to hold interviews in March 2022

More information and how to apply here.

If you have any questions, please contact biomedai-cdt@inf.ed.ac.uk

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The CDT seeks to foster an inclusive and accessible environment where everybody feels supported and respected.

Our programme offers tailored support and flexible working patterns to meet individual student needs. Studies can be undertaken on a part-time basis to accommodate students wishing to combine their research training with work or personal responsibilities. All CDT studentships are fully funded and have provisions for sick pay, parental leave and disabled students support. We also provide individual career coaching sessions to students to support their post-PhD career choices.

The University is a recognised Stonewall Diversity Champion and Carer Positive Employer, a signatory of the Social Mobility Pledge and a member of the national Race Equality Charter. The School of Informatics, which hosts the CDT programme, has a dedicated Equality and Diversity committee and has achieved an Athena Swan Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing the representation of women in STEM.