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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    The University of Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    01-APR-21, 13-SEP-21, 01-OCT-21, 10-JAN-22, 01-APR-22

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Research profile

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 Centre For Medical Informatics at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics was inaugurated at Edinburgh on 1 April 2015 (Harvard Medical School also establishing a department of Biomedical Informatics in 2015).

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

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

Training and support

Students will be integrated within the existing student-led approach at the Usher Institute, where structures are already in place to ensure a high-quality student experience.

The Usher Institute has a thriving PhD community with well-developed management and administrative structures.

University Quality Assurance monitoring and reporting processes will be adhered to. All supervisors will satisfy University requirements in terms of training and mentoring.

Expectations of students, including assessment guidelines, will be clearly communicated by multiple channels (e.g. at interview, during induction, in the Postgraduate Researcher handbook, by supervisors, at annual review meetings and on relevant web pages). All students will have at least two supervisors who will also give pastoral care and career advice in addition to student services provision.

Students will attend appropriate training, including transferable skills, at appropriate courses (e.g. from the Institute of Academic Development) identified in consultation with the supervisors. Students will also be able to draw on the Farr Institute's UK PhD training infrastructure.

Tuition fees

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£ 21,150per 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 Edinburgh

  • University League Table

    15th

  • Campus address

    University of Edinburgh, Student Recruitment and Admissions, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH8 9JS, Scotland

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