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UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
28000 GBP/year
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The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence from The University of Edinburgh grows from the realisation that AI technologies will play a central role leveraging data to transform our understanding and practice of biomedicine.


Delivering such a step change will require training a new cadre of scientists operating at the intersection of computer science and biomedicine, building AI systems which are effective, ethical and empowering to scientists and users alike.

The University of Edinburgh offers the interdisciplinary training programme in UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence covering technical AI skills, biomedical foundations and individually tailored training on understanding the societal aspects of Biomedical AI. It builds on a collaboration between several centres of excellence within the University with a long history of collaboration: the School of Informatics, the School of Biological Sciences, the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, the Usher Institute of Population Health Science and Informatics, and the 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, to support the CDT cohorts.

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

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for CDT graduates are broad and favourable. Biomedical AI is expected to be a sector of particular growth in the near to medium term, as highlighted in several governmental reports (Industrial Strategy, Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, etc) as well as major industrial players (Association of British Pharma Industry, Glaxo-Smith-Klein strategic report 2018). According to the EU patent office, the Med-Tech sector filed the largest number of new patents in 2017 than any sector.

Programme Structure

  • This programme involves a larger element of research than conventional masters: out of 180 credits, 120 are awarded for project work. The programme will launch with a week-long bootcamp, in which you will visit the participating institutes, get to know potential supervisors and participate in workshops and cohort-building activities.
  • You will take 60 credits worth of taught modules on AI, biomedical sciences and responsible research and innovation. The precise split between these three areas will depend on your background. The CDT team will provide you with advice on choosing the training modules, as well as support throughout.
  • You will also complete two sizeable projects: a group project worth 20 credits on a data modelling challenge set by a collaborating lab or industrial partner, and an interdisciplinary individual project worth 80 credits (your main MSc project). 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2.1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering or a related discipline.
  • Applicants with UK 2.1 honours degrees, or its international equivalent, in biomedical science are also considered.
  • Applicants coming directly from a bachelors or masters degree are welcome.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28000 GBP per year during 12 months.

 Home fees have still to be agreed 

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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



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UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence
The University of Edinburgh


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