Biological Sciences

Applications open - Doctoral Training Centre in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence

Applications are now open for 2019 entry to the Centre’s four-year training programme at the computational/life science interface.

Informatics Forum Building

The new UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence (AI) is stimulated by the growing role that AI technologies will play in using data to transform the understanding and practice of biomedicine. 

Building on a tradition of world-leading research and innovation at Edinburgh, the Centre will train a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists to harness the power of AI to deliver new biomedical breakthroughs.

The Centre will encourage the development of AI systems which are effective, ethical and empowering to scientists and users alike.

The interdisciplinary training programme includes technical AI skills and biomedical foundations, as well as individually tailored training on anticipating and addressing societal issues connected with the student’s research.


About the Programme 

  • Fully funded 4-year studentship, covering tuition fees, competitive stipend and travel/research support.
  • Extensive choice of projects at the intersection of AI, biomedicine and social sciences, under supervision and guidance of world-leading academic and clinical experts.
  • Interdisciplinary training programme comprising a bespoke bootcamp, taught courses, workshops, group projects and other activities.
  • Opportunities for joint projects, research visits, internships and other collaboration with our extensive network of research and industry partners worldwide.
  • Tailored training in public engagement, entrepreneurship awareness and leadership skills.
  • Wide variety of CDT events throughout the year, including seminar series, masterclasses, summer school, conferences, guest lectures and industry days.
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and vibrant world-class research community at the University of Edinburgh.

The Centre builds on a collaboration between several centres of excellence within the University with a long history of collaboration: 

  • School of Informatics
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine
  • Usher Institute of Population Health Science and Informatics
  • School of Social and Political Sciences

Together, these institutes provide a unique breadth and depth of expertise, as well as state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities. 

Leading clinical, industrial and international academic partners will provide students with opportunities for hands-on application in a broad variety of contexts.

Find out more and apply