MRes/PhD project proposal opportunity - UKRI CDT in AI enabled Healthcare

CLOSED: This is a call for any translational projects that will involve the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to solve improving the health of children with rare or complex diseases (e.g. using AI for any aspect of the development of new treatments, biomarkers, diagnostics or imaging).

Internal GOSH and ICH applicants only

The BRC Education Theme have provided funding for a PhD studentship in UCL’s CDT in AI enabled healthcare led by Prof. Geraint Rees ( This is match funding therefore there will be two PhD studentships available for AI projects based within the GOSH BRC (this is in addition to any others that may be funded through DRIVE).

CDT students are recruited in September this year. Studentships will last for four years therefore in the first instance, projects that are submitted should work initially as an MRes project but should be something that the student could pursue for a PhD if they choose to continue with the project. It must be feasible for students to complete the MRes project and write a 15,000 word thesis in months 6 - 12 of the academic year 2020-2021 (i.e. starting Oct-20).

To propose a project supervisors need to meet all of the usual requirements for being a UCL supervisor ( and they should either have a track record of research in AI, or will need to make a case as to why they should be considered an appropriate supervisor of an AI project. 

The project and supervisor nomination forms are attached. Completed forms should be returned to by Friday 4 September. Please copy in when you return these forms if you are proposing a project with a connection to GOSH/ICH that would be eligible for funding through the BRC – this could be any translational project leading to benefits to children with rare or complex diseases including supporting the development of new treatments, biomarkers, diagnostics or imaging techniques. 

Please contact the BRC ( if you would like to discuss your project proposal. The BRC are happy to receive informal enquries from staff with clinical problems that they believe are amenable to AI but who may not have identified an appropriate supervisor with computational expertise. We would be happy to help identify possible supervisors within UCL.


  • Call opens: Friday 5 June 2020
  • Deadline for submissions: Friday 4 September 2020 (midnight)
  • CDT Sandpit takes place, where we welcome supervisory teams to present their projects to new research students: Thursday 15 October 2020
  • Students choose their projects, and chosen supervisors submit their brief preliminary MRes/PhD proposal: October-November 2020
  • MRes project due date: September 2021

CDT AI - 2020 Project Form (37.45 KB)

CDT AI - 2020 Supervisor Form (39.34 KB)