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DPhil in Health Data Science (HDR UK/Turing Wellcome)

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

About the course

The DPhil in Health Data Science (HDRUK/Turing Wellcome) offers highly-qualified students the opportunity to join a unique national doctoral programme combining expertise in three fundamental areas: statistical, computational, and health sciences.

The DPhil in Health Data Science (HDR UK/Turing Wellcome) is part of a national programme of health data science doctoral courses, the HDRUK-Turing Wellcome PhD Programme in Health Data Science. This national programme is supported by a network of seven UK universities, including Oxford, which are the core partners in Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), an independent and not-for-profit institute dedicated to promoting health data science in the UK, and particularly to providing safe and secure access to health data to support all types of health research. The HDR UK Oxford site’s focus is on two of the major strengths of health research at the University: facilitating recruitment and data collection in 21st century clinical trials using electronic health records and mobile devices, and enhancing observational studies of human health through improved collection of participant characteristics (phenotypes) using novel technologies and statistical methods.

The HDRUK/Turing Wellcome PhD Programme in Health Data Science is a joint venture between HDR UK and the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. Particular strengths in Oxford’s contributions to the Alan Turing Institute are in statistical modelling and inference, for example in the field of human genetics, where research at Oxford has revolutionised basic medical science, understanding the causes of disease, and drug discovery.

The course is a four year programme aimed specifically at students trained in quantitative disciplines (eg mathematics, computer science, physics), to help boost the number of health data scientists with formal training in these areas. The course provides a stipend, tuition fees (at the Home fee rate), research and travel expenses, and training and career transition support at the end of the course. Students enrolled at Oxford will be part of a national cohort based at each of the partner universities (additionally, Cambridge, University College London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester).


All students will be initially admitted to the status of Probationer Research Student (PRS). Within a maximum of six terms as a full-time PRS student or twelve terms as a part-time PRS student, students will be expected to apply for transfer of status from Probationer Research Student to DPhil status. This application is normally made by the fourth term for full-time students and by the eighth term for part-time students.

A successful transfer of status from PRS to DPhil status will require the submission of a report on progress to date on research and future plans. Students who are successful at transfer will also be expected to apply for and gain confirmation of DPhil status within ten terms of admission, to show that their work continues to be on track.

Both milestones normally involve an interview with two assessors (other than the supervisors) and therefore provide important experience for the final oral examination.

Graduate destinations

This is a new course and there are no alumni yet. It is expected that graduates will be extremely well-placed to take on leading roles in industry, academia and the public sector.

Tuition fees

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£ 27,460per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

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