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Medical Informatics, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Students in the Medical Informatics programme offered by The University of Edinburgh will be integrated within the existing student-led approach at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, where structures are already in place to ensure a high-quality student experience.
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Overview

Advances in data capture platforms in both medicine and life sciences supported by modern computing and informatics have greatly energised the overlapping fields of Medical Informatics and Data Intensive Biomedicine.

The combination of informatics and biomedicine is fundamental for advances towards 4P medicine (personalised, predictive, preventive, and participatory).

Supervisors

Research group leaders within the Centre For Medical Informatics offer projects as first PhD supervisors. In addition, group leaders from the other two Centres in the Usher Institute (the Centre for Population Health Sciences and the Centre for Global Health Research) act as either co-supervisors, or, depending on the specific topic and primary methodology of the PhD, as first supervisors.

Second (or third) supervisors from University research centres outwith Usher and other associated institutes e.g. the Farr Institute, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine and Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research may also be available.

Facilities

The Centre for Medical Informatics from The University of Edinburgh is well placed to be a lead in Medical Informatics and Data Intensive Research, and is co-located with the Farr Institute in Bioquarter Building 9.

Scotland is in a leading position to exploit health data and is uniquely placed in having high quality linkable datasets optimised for research purposes. These data are also key to the development of commercially exploitable know how and intellectual property.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Current research opportunities in this area include:

  • Developing new perspectives on medicine and fundamental biology through application of quantitative approaches and data-intensive analyses to biomedical and other health related data
  • Real-time generation, analysis and interpretation of health data to foster the creation of learning health systems, which aim to enhance the quality, safety and efficiency of care
  • The development of new challenges for informatics systems (software, hardware and socio-technical) in healthcare and medicine
  • Developing and evaluating new technologies to promote health and wellbeing
  • To study and inform policy deliberations on strategies and approaches to digitising health systems and services
  • Safe and secure management and storage of digitised data in ways that enables secondary uses of these data
  • Social, ethical and legal issues of data intensive research and digitised health care

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree and a UK masters degree, or their international equivalents. 
  • We will also consider a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, and significant work experience in an area relevant to your research project.
  • Before submitting an online application, prospective students should contact an academic members of staff who may act as first supervisor in order to align their research proposal with one of the Institute's main areas of research.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £10,050

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • Usher Institute: postgraduate funding and scholarships

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