We are currently not accepting applications.

We are updating the project portfolio and will shortly open recruitment for October 2020 start.

Applicants to our CDT must follow a simple three-step process. They must check their eligibility to apply to the CDT; choose from the projects that we have on offer; and then complete our online application form. We will then contact them to confirm if they have been shortlisted for interview. Further details of eligibility criteria and the application process can be found below.


Funding and Criteria

Who should apply?

Medical Imaging is a broad and diverse research area with students from a diverse range of backgrounds. We are looking for applicants with degrees in any of the following subjects:

  • Applied Mathematics / Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering-related disciplines
  • Physics
  • Funding available

    The Centre will fund up to 15 studentships each year. Each studentship will be funded for 4 years. This includes tuition fees, stipend and generous project consumables.

    • Stipend: Students will receive a tax-free stipend of ca £17,000 per year.
    • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG): A generous allowance will be provided for research consumables and for attending UK and international conferences.

    UK/EU/EEA students:

    EU/EEA students are eligible to apply for EPSRC funding if they have lived, worked or studied within the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing. For 2020 entry, EPSRC will guarantee EU student funding for the duration of their course, even when the United Kingdom leaves the EU during this time.

    EU/EEA students who have not lived, worked or studied in the UK for 3 years are also eligible for alternative sources of funding administered by the CDT and are encouraged to apply.

    International students

    There is funding available for ONE international (non-EU/EEA) student for 2020/21. We also welcome applications from students who have secured their own funding.

    For alternative funding options, explore the international student research funding that is available from King’s College London.

    Other funding

    Students are encouraged to apply for extra/additional funding from other sources, such as the Industrial Fellowships from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

    English-language requirements

    Candidates must have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, candidates who have not been educated in English will usually be required to provide certificated proof of competence in English before starting their studies. Candidates should have an IELTS Score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill, or a TOEFL iBT score of 92 overall with a minimum of 23 in writing and 20 in each of the other skills.

    Diversity and inclusion

    We welcome applications from a variety of candidates. At the CDT, equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity are integral to our strengths.

    We are committed to providing and promoting equality of opportunity in all areas of our work and activity, striving to ensure that all CDT students and staff are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential without discrimination or unfavourable treatment on grounds of age, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, trans status, socio-economic status or any other irrelevant distinction.

    We seek to provide and promote a positive working, learning, and social environment which is free from prejudice, discrimination and any forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation. Our students and staff commit to fostering good relations between individuals with different backgrounds and to tackle prejudice and promote understanding.

    Application instructions

    To apply for our programme, once you have checked that you are eligible to apply for funding and have the right undergraduate degree, follow the steps below:

    Step one

    Available projects

    After confirming your eligibility for our programme, you need to choose which of our available projects you would be interested in studying. Only projects with prefix 2020_*** are on offer for September 2020 entry. You will be asked to list three projects in order of preference. Please bear in mind that this list is for indicative purposes only and project preferences are not guaranteed.

    Step two

    Apply for Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Science Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time) using our online application portal.

    Applicants must complete and submit an online admissions application, via the King’s Apply system. You will need to register an account to log onto the system.

    Next steps

    Once you have created an account please follow the steps below:

    1. Select the programme to apply to; under Programme Name select ‘Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Science Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time)’. Once the programme has been selected, please select the start date (01 October 2020) and read the on-screen information about how to progress through the application. Please pay careful attention to the on-screen information; it is the applicant’s responsibility to submit all required documents.
    2. Please be sure to complete the following sections of the form with all relevant information (all questions with an asterisk are mandatory and you will not be able to submit without answering these):
      • Personal Information (including Contact Information, Equal Opportunities and Fee Status)
      • Education
      • Employment history: you will be able to enter up to five sets of employment information. Please upload a PDF copy of your CV as an attachment to the Employment History Section, even if you do not have any employment information to provide.
      • Supporting statement: please upload a PDF copy of your personal statement in this section. Please be sure to use the provided template, indicating which of the CDT scientific themes you would be most interested in. Also, please list three projects of interest (from our available projects in order of preference). However, bear in mind that this list is for indicative purposes only.
      • References: Please insert contact details for two academic referees or relevant employers in research institutions/companies. (We will then contact your referees directly.)
      • Funding: Please choose Option 5 (“I am applying for a funding award or scholarship administered by King’s College London”) and enter under “Award Scheme Code or Name” EPSRC_CDT_2020. Failing to include this code may result in you not being considered for this funding scheme.
    3. Finally, check and submit your application. Your application will be considered by the admissions panel of the EPSRC CDT in Smart Medical Imaging . Promising candidates will be invited for interview on 10 or 13 February 2020.


    How is the CDT 4 year Programme different from a standard PhD Programme?

    In the new CDT in Smart Medical Imaging we have significantly expanded and personalised the doctoral training approach, with a new MRes as the foundation year, even stronger industry links in form of industry placements, entrepreneurship training and opportunities in engaging with international training programmes and labs to become part of a wider cohort. Students graduating from this CDT will have acquired a broad set of scientific and transferable skills that will enable them to work across the different medical imaging sub-disciplines, and along the entire imaging pipeline, to both innovate and collaborate.

    Is there any assessment during the course?

    In the first year, during the MRes programme, modules may be assessed by examination, coursework, or some combination of these.