UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


UCL EPSRC-DTP Digital Health studentship

22 March 2022

The Institute of Healthcare Engineering has been awarded a UCL EPSRC DTP-funded PhD studentship via the Faculty of Engineering Sciences.

Digital health studentships

The aim of this studentship is to support interdisciplinary research collaborations on the theme of Digital Health.

All studentships are fully funded for 4 years. They provide:

  • 4 years fees (home rate)
  • Maintenance stipend at the UCL EPSRC DTP enhanced rate (£19,062 in 2022/23, rises with inflation each year)
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £4,800. This is to cover additional costs of training eg courses, project costs, conferences, travel
  • For overseas fee status students, a UCL award to cover the fee difference between the Home and international fee rate

Studentships are automatically renewed each year provided that sufficient academic progress is made. Students will be initially registered for 4 years and are expected to submit their thesis within the 4 year funded period. The project should be designed and supervised to facilitate this.

Proposals must feed the following criteria:

  1. Must lie within the EPSRC healthcare technologies theme , involving interdisciplinary research in digital health.
  2. We particularly encourage cross-disciplinary bids, however the Primary supervisor must be based at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
  3. Where appropriate a secondary supervisor could be from an external organisation (NHS, Industry and other academic organisations in the UK or abroad).
  4. The research aims of the PhD should align with at least one of IHE’s research priority area in:
Self, shared and community careTimely detection, diagnostics and interventionHealthy ageing and multimorbidity throughout the life courseCost effective and effective healthcare technologies
Improved patient experiences and reduced costs
How new tech can encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles and engage with their health
Improved tools to detect disease and aid diagnosis
Intervention at the ‘right time’ for patients
National and international strategic priority
From healthy conception and growth, through to older age and supporting multiple conditions
Tackling the inequity of access to affordable healthcare
From portable mobile technologies to low-cost manufacturing processes
Collaboration with LMICs

Please note that once the IHE has made the award, the PhD student recruited will be registered in the Department of the UCL primary supervisor. The successful Department will therefore be responsible for all aspects of the studentship’s administration for the full duration.  This includes, but is not limited to, Departmental responsibility for the following:

  • Student advertisement and recruitment
  • Admission processes
  • Financial oversight, including Form S processing
  • Je-S record creation and maintenance
  • Pastoral oversight, including processing of up-grades, interruptions, etc.

Student eligibility

It is the responsibility of the admitting Department to ensure that the recruited candidate is eligible for the EPSRC award. Applicants must fulfil the academic entry requirements for the programme they are applying to, and be accepted by the admitting Department. Typically they must have a minimum of a class 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Further eligibility criteria are based on nationality and residence (please see additional information below).

Application process

  • Please submit a completed application form by the deadline  Mon 25th April 2022  (10:00 am) by email to marilyn.aviles@ucl.ac.uk (IHE R&D Manager)
  • Selection panel meeting: week commencing 5th May 2022
  • Offer: week commencing 9th May 2022 

Additional information and research proposal form