**Information for the application cycle for entry October 2022 will become available early December 2021**

How to apply

We are inviting applications from students who are enthusiastic and strongly motivated to develop cutting-edge AI methods and applications for healthcare in a multidisciplinary setting. For the Academic Year 2021-22, entry October 2021, we have a dozen or more opportunities available – both regular studentships and clinical PhD fellowships.

Our Centre values diversity and equality and is committed to providing an inclusive environment in which all students can thrive, and we particularly encourage applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under-represented in the sector. Our students will be registered in the Department of Computing, which is an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

Entry Requirements and Eligibility

Our programme is open to all applicants* who meet both the general Imperial College minimum eligibility and entry requirements, and our programme’s eligibility and entry requirements. *[As well as UK nationals and people settled in the UK (including settled status, pre-settled, and indefinite leave to remain), the programme is open to international applicants.]

Imperial College Requirements

The general Imperial College entry requirements for PhD study are here; and the relevant qualification levels from each country are detailed in the Country Index.

English Language Requirements

Applicants will be asked to show they have met the College’s English-language requirement. The College’s postgraduate English language entry requirement page describes the exemptions and tests accepted: our programme requires that students have proficiency at Standard level.

AI for Healthcare CDT Programme Requirements

Entry to our AI for Healthcare CDT programme is very competitive. Successful applicants normally have a First Class (4-year-undergraduate degree) and/or Distinction level Master’s degree or equivalent degree in a relevant scientific or technical discipline, such as computer science, engineering (mechanical, electrical/electronics, biomedical engineering), mathematics, physics, statistics, as well as biological sciences, or medicine. Desirable core skills include mathematics, statistics, or data science. Additional expertise in medicine or biology (especially quantitative and biological systems) is valuable, as is expertise in machine learning, computer vision, deep learning, robotics, natural language processing, human-computer interfaces or software engineering. If in doubt, prospective applicants are encouraged to apply in any case.

Clinical PhD Fellows Eligibility

Our Centre is keen to receive applications from medical graduates who want to become a clinical PhD fellow and demonstrate their commitment to research on AI Technologies applied to healthcare. The clinical supervisors and healthcare partners span the full breadth of healthcare challenges facing society, such as dementia, brain and mental health, infectious diseases, cancer and surgery, obesity and diabetes, cardiovascular and lung diseases, intensive care and primary care.

Eligibility criteria: Normally, clinical PhD applicants should be

  1. a GMC registered Doctor in training in the UK
  2. be at Core Training level or above (or in GP Training), normally ST2-4
  3. GP Trainees may apply if within 12 months of having CCT
  4. be eligible to take time out of their clinical training programme (OOPR)
  5. Home/UK students, or should meet certain UK residency requirements (e.g. Indefinite Leave to Remain)

What the Application Journey Looks Like

  1. Students submit their application to the Imperial College application portal. Please check the College application guidance here and also below in section ‘How to Apply’ .
  2. Every applicant who meets the minimum requirements will be required to take admissions tests. Together with the application, these are used to prepare a shortlist for interview.
  3. Shortlisted applicants will get access to the projects on offer this year, and are asked to select a x-number of projects, ranking them in order of preference. This will then be used to match students with supervisors in their areas of interest for the interview stage.
  4. After interviews and assessments, recommendations are considered by the CDT Panel for confirmation of an offer of a place, usually for a specified project.
  5. Successful applicants would get an email confirming the outcome, and any remaining conditions to be fulfilled. Students are then asked to accept the offer for the proposed supervisor and project. The formal offer of admissions will then come through the online application portal and the candidate needs to accept this offer in the online application portal.
  6. Any offer conditions need to be satisfied and completed. Please see details here.
  7. Then students start their PhD studies, at the start of Autumn term in October.

How to Apply

**We are now closed for applications for entry 2021**

The Application deadline is 8 January 2021, 23:59.

Please submit your PhD application to the Imperial College online application portal. Our programme title is ‘AI and Machine Learning’. [In the online system’s application category, please select ‘Doctoral Research’ first]. Please also study the College’s application pages for more information on further application requirements (e.g. ATAS). You will also be asked to provide the names of two people who can provide an academic reference in support of your application.

The information needed to apply to our programme is below: please ensure your application is complete. We cannot guarantee to consider incomplete applications or wait for late material. Please note that we normally do not require a research proposal, because our Centre is based on student choice from a pre-prepared set of projects, but your personal statement is important, and details on what to include are in Section C below.

[Please note that the online application portal has a section for a ‘research proposal’ which is compulsory to complete — here you should upload the personal statement to, instead of a research proposal. Also, the online application needs to be submitted first before documents can be attached.]

A. What to Include in your CV

  1. Full name and your title
  2. Nationality
  3. Country of normal residence for the past 5 years
  4. All correspondence details (address, email, and phone numbers).
  5. Dates, institutions and qualifications arising (with grades) from all of your higher and further education (since the age of 17)
  6. For those currently studying for a degree, the names of the programmes and results that they have achieved so far (percentages as well as grades) and their expected final grade
  7. Any professional qualifications, internships and research projects done in the past; any prizes or awards that you may have received so far
  8. Employment history
  9. Statement of your fluency in English and (if available) scores of English language tests.
  10. Please feel free to include information about any extra support or assistance you may need throughout your application journey, for health, disability or other reasons.

B. Academic Transcripts

Please provide all academic transcript(s) via scans of good quality. For those currently studying for a degree, the names of the programmes and results that they have achieved so far (percentages as well as grades) and their expected final grade.

C. Personal Statements

The statement should describe your academic and career plans as well as your motivation for research and not be longer than 1 page. When writing your personal statement, please make sure it answers the following questions:

  1. What are your interests in Artificial Intelligence research?
  2. What are your healthcare interests, and where do you see AI research having impact?
  3. Why do you think the AI4Health CDT is the right choice for you?

Again, no specific research proposal is required. You do not have to have contacted a potential supervisor, but if you have spoken to any about specific projects, please do list them.


For further enquiries or questions, please email us at ai4health-admissions@imperial.ac.uk

Once your online application is completed, you can also monitor the progress of your application on your application portal.

If you are experiencing problems with your account, you can report a technical issue.

Funding for Regular PhDs

Our studentship can provide support for up to 4 years. Stipend support during the final six-month “Impact” phase (months 42-48), which gives you scope to move your work further towards real-world application​, is dependent on good project progress and suitable opportunities for impact. The studentship covers a tax-free stipend at standard UKRI rate (e.g. rate in 2020-21 was £17,285 per annum) and the tuition fees (Home/UK Fee level) including Writing-up fee in the fourth year. The stipend rates usually increase slightly each year in line with inflation rates.

Funding for Clinical PhD Fellows

The clinical PhD fellows typically study for 3 years and the funding provides a clinical salary and covers the tuition fees (Home/UK rates).