Centre for Doctoral Training in AI-enabled Healthcare



The UCL UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in AI-enabled Healthcare consists of a 1 year MRes (Master of Research) followed by a 3 year PhD

CDT students undertake a four-year doctoral training programme.

In their first year, students complete their MRes in Artificial intelligence Enabled Healthcare. On completion of the MRes course, students spend the next three years engaged in PhD research.

Throughout this period the CDT will continue to closely monitor the need for continuing training and support, tailored to each student, and provide ongoing training in Research Skills.

Year 1: Masters Study

The MRes programme covers the core competencies of artificial intelligence and has a central emphasis on how healthcare organisations work (and the characteristics of clinically appropriate artificial intelligence use cases). Ethical training for medical artificial intelligence will be explicitly emphasised alongside a broader approach to responsible research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

During the MRes year students will learn the statistical underpinnings of machine learning theory, get a practical grounding in research software engineering and the principles of healthcare and medical research, as well as a thorough treatment of topics in machine learning, advanced statistics and principles of data science.

The programme consists of:

Core Modules: You will take two core modules that provide a practical foundation for programming for research using health data, and a strong understanding of the methods that underpin machine learning.  

Elective Modules: You will take three optional modules appropriate to your learning needs and choice of project, dealing in machine learning, in the principles of health data research and techniques used in data science. See here for a list of elective modules.

Research Project: As part of the MSc, you will complete a substantial Masters-level project of your choice, working with a supervisory team that will normally include a clinician and an academic. Projects will be selected from a large menu of options reflecting the themes of the Centre for Doctoral Training. Projects will be embedded within the NHS setting, with trainees undertaking an immersive clinical experience through our mini-MD programme.

The project you work on during your MRes normally leads to the chosen PhD research topic. Explore our current projects.

What will be awarded?
Successful students will be awarded an MRes Artificial Intelligence enabled healthcare degree (TMRAIHSING01) and then permitted to progress onto the first stage of PhD programme.

If you already have an MRes can you fast track it or skip the MRes as part of the CDT?
We prefer all students to complete the MRes since it fulfils an important role in creating a community of learners.

Years 2-4: PhD Study

The remaining years will be more like a traditional PhD (Artificial Intelligence Enabled Healthcare Systems MPhil/PhD - RRDHINSING20), which leads to the presentation of a PhD thesis at the end of the fourth year. During which you will work closely with relevant health professionals and clinical teams through our NHS partners and leading academics at UCL.

Our Research Themes

  • AI-enabled diagnostics or prognostics
  • AI-enabled operations
  • AI-enabled therapeutics 

As a cohort-based PhD programme, students will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of seminars, training programmes, placements and other activities, including UCL’s Doctoral Skills Development Programme.


We also advise our students to consider placement opportunities with our industry or public sector partners during their PhD years. Placements normally last for three months. 

Leadership Training

In addition to the MRes year and PhD research, the CDT programme consists of a range of activities and events, including:

  • A Mini-MD programme where trainees undertake an immersive clinical experience with an NHS setting
  • Participation in an annual CDT Conference, CDT seminar series and gatherings
  • UCL Training in:
    • Responsible Research & Innovation
    • Creativity in research
    • Communication skills and Public Engagement
    • Entrepreneurship, enterprise and commercialisation
    • Ethical training
  • The opportunity to attend special training programmes offered by the Alan Turing Institute
  • As well as a range of CDT social engagement events

There will also be opportunities to undertake Internships and placements with our industry or public-sector partners


If you require any further information please contact: aihealthcdt@ucl.ac.uk

How to apply