DRIVE-Health PhD Programme

We are accepting application for 2021 intake.

Overview

We are looking to recruit outstanding graduates from a variety of backgrounds to a 3.5 year (or 3 year depending on funding source) PhD programme in Data-Driven Health to work on internationally-competitive research projects, equipping them to exploit excellence in medical and informatics research for improving the health of local and national patient populations; this call is for applications for a PhD studentship for February 2021 entry. The student will benefit from multi disciplinary supervision and opportunities for visits to our international partners.

DRIVE-Health studentships offer a generous stipend per annum, in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate. The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) will also provide funds for research project support – travel, conferences, etc.

Costs for PhD fees (UK/EU applicants) are covered by the CDT. We welcome applications from international applicants if they are able to top up the fees themselves.

Visit fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King’s.

Academic Requirements

Candidates should possess or be expected to achieve a 1st or upper 2nd class degree in a relevant subject including the biosciences, computer science, mathematics, statistics, data science, chemistry, physics, and be enthusiastic about combining their expertise with other disciplines in the field of healthcare.

Application & Enquiries

Please apply via the King’s Apply website to the Programme: “DRIVE-Health: Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Driven Health (MPhil/PhD)”.

For queries and suggestions for new project ideas please contact drivecdt@kcl.ac.uk in the first instance, who may put you in touch with a theme lead or an appropriate supervisor. All projects are list below.

Entry Requirements

English Language Requirements (Band D)

Based on the IELTS test scoring system, this programme requires that successful candidates achieve the following level of English before enrolling. Successful applicants’ offer letters will include information about when they must have achieved this standard.

  • Overall:  6.5
  • Listening: 6 
  • Speaking: 6 
  • Reading: 6 
  • Writing: 6

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Personal Statement and Supporting Information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Personal Statement (Yes)
    A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form if you have a longer personal statement (maximum 2 pages). Please include your top 3 project preferences in your personal statement.
  • Research Proposal (Yes)
    You are not allowed to submit your own project proposal for this second round of application. Please simply duplicate the project preferences in the research proposal section, all the projects are list below. Maximum upload file size: 3MB.
  • Previous Academic Study (Yes)
    A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
  • Reference (Yes)
    Reference is required as part of an application. You can fill in the details of your referee into the online application form.
    When you submit your application, your referee will be sent a link to our King’s Referee Portal, where they can provide a reference.
    We will not accept references from personal email addresses (e.g. yahoo, hotmail, gmail or other similar public systems) and we are unable to accept references from family members or friends. Please use your referee’s official, professional email address.
  • Other (Optional)
    You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Funding

If you are applying for our DRIVE-Health Studentship, please tick “5. I am applying for a funding award or scholarship administered by King’s College London” in the funding section, and fill in the Award Scheme Code or Name box with “DRIVE-Health Studentships” inside the Award Scheme Code or Name box.

Important Dates

The closing date for applications under this scheme is Sunday, 6th December 2020, 5pm (GMT). Interviews for shortlisted candidates have been provisionally scheduled for mid-December 2020. Successful applicant is expected to take up their studentship in February 2021.


List of Projects for 2021 Intake

IDProject TitleLead SupervisorCo-supervisor(s)
19Advancing explainable human in the loop NLP analytics for clinical applicationsIain MarshallAngus Roberts, Petr Slovak, Serge Umansky