How to apply

Instructions on how to apply to our programme.

Applications for 2020 entry will open in October 2019.

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Supporting documents

You will need to submit the following documents with your application. Make sure these are obtained in good time as we cannot consider applications without them.

  • Degree certificate and transcript.

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.

Entry requirements by country

  • Proof of English language profficiency.

Find out more about our language requirements

  • 2 reference letters.

Find out more about reference requirements

  • Personal statement explaining why you want to be considered for the programme and what you think your major strengths are.
  • CV. Highlight any special achievements but do not clutter it with too much information of little relevance.
  • Research proposal (max 2 pages, including references)

This much misunderstood document is not a detailed plan of your future four years, that would be impossible! Instead, it's just a way to persuade us that you have been thinking a bit about one topic in biomedical AI. A good proposal answers the following questions: What is the biomedical motivation behind your proposal? What is the AI technique that you would use? What is the current work done in the field related to your topic? Is there a societal aspect to your topic (optional)?

  • Keywords

To help us streamline the review of your application, please add at least two keywords to your research proposal, at least one from each of the following lists (you are welcome to add your own as well):

AI / machine learning: statistics, computer vision, image analysis, neural networks, Bayesian inference, dynamical system, experimental design, knowledge representation.

Biomedical and societal aspects:  population health, cell biology, genomics, epigenetics, cancer, anti-microbial resistance, brain imaging, societal aspects of AI, study of innovation in society.

Candidate profile

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

Applicants are expected to demonstrate the capacity to undertake master-level courses in AI, which requires some programming proficiency and a background in basic statistics and machine learning (e.g., regression, clustering). Relevant background might include: statistics courses during your undergraduate studies, online (certified) courses, or specific projects involving data science techniques during your education or work experience. Please give as much detail as possible in your personal statement, and be prepared to be asked technical questions in an interview.


Our 4-year studentships cover fees, stipend at UKRI level (£15,009 in 2019/20) and an allowance for travel/research costs. Funding is open to UK/EU students. Limited places are also available for international students, but these are highly competitive.

Studentships also include funding for sick leave, maternity/paternity/shared parental leave and disabled students' allowance.

Selection process

Applications will be screened by our academic team, and successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview. We will be able to cover reasonable travel costs to attend interview (economy fares from Europe + 1 night stay).