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The programme

The future of health is digital. We urgently need new technologies for understanding, preventing, diagnosing and managing illnesses that affect millions of people, such as diabetes, depression and dementia.

Join our Digital Health and Care PhD programme to become part of a new generation of innovators involved in building and developing apps, wearables, smart homes and other digital technologies. Together, these technologies are helping to support health professionals in their decision-making and empowering patients in managing their own health conditions.

This unique multidisciplinary programme brings together students with backgrounds in health and life science, computer science, design and engineering. Our Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) students combine technological depth with a broad appreciation of the health landscape and patients' needs, with an eye to the business and technological models that underpin adoption. 

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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, Cohort 1 CDT student, health stream

Whatever idea you have, no matter how specific or abstract, there will always be someone here who will be able to guide you and help with your research.

Marceli Wac, Cohort 1 CDT student, engineering stream

I liked the idea of the CDT taught year which would introduce me to a range of health concepts and then I’d be able to find something I could focus on and that my background would be helpful for.

Romana Burgess, Cohort 1 CDT student, engineering stream

The taught course is a busy full year of study as well as a lot of activities to interact with your year group and academics from across the University, which is one of the things that makes the CDT unique.

Neshika Wijewardhane, Cohort 2 CDT student, health stream
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