Applications

We welcome applications from UK, EU/EEA/Swiss and International Applicants to start in September 2020.

Deadline: 20 January 2020

Applicants to our CDT must follow a simple three-step process:

  1. Check your eligibility to apply to the CDT;
  2. Choose from the projects that we have on offer;
  3. Complete our online application form.

We will then contact you to confirm whether you have been shortlisted for interview. Further details of eligibility criteria and the application process can be found below.

Timeline

Funding and ELIGIBILITY 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 1st class, high upper second or Distinction degrees in any of the following subjects:

  • Applied Mathematics / Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Other engineering-related disciplines
  • Physics

Funding available

The Centre will fund around 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 as a living allowance.
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG): A generous project allowance will be provided for research consumables and for attending UK and international conferences.

EU/EEA/Swiss students:

EU/EEA/Swiss 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 if the United Kingdom leaves the EU during this time.

EU/EEA/Swiss 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.

International students are warmly invited to familiarise themselves with the visa requirements, the application procedure and any associated costs. For additional information, please refer to the Student Advice Service immigration and visa advice pages on the King’s College London website, and in particular consult the Tier 4 interactive guide and advice documents. Please also read our FAQs below.

Other funding

We also welcome applications from students who have secured their own funding.

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

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 all applicants and in particular those underrepresented in STEM subjects and academia. 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. You will be also asked to select an industry project. Please bear in mind that these lists are 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). Please note that the diversity monitoring questions will not be shared with the selection panel, who will only have access to your CV and personal statement. Diversity information will be passed onto UKRI as aggregated data in order to analyse general trends in student populations across UKRI.
    • 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.
    • You will be asked to list three projects of interest (from our available projects in order of preference) and at least one industry project (from our list of 2020 industry projects). However, bear in mind that these lists 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. Successful candidates will be invited to the final stage of the assessment process which is an interview in London taking place on 10 or 13 February 2020. International candidates (non-UK/EU/EEA/Swiss) will be invited for interview via remote video conferencing.

FAQs

I AM AN EU/EEA/SWISS STUDENT. WILL I NEED A VISA?

EU/EEA/ Swiss citizens will be able to enter the UK to visit, work or study after the UK leaves the EU. The UK government has already confirmed that, in the event of no-deal,  EU nationals will be able to stay in the UK for up to 90 days in any 180 day period without a visa.

For stays longer than 3 months, the European Temporary Leave to Remain will be required.

Please note the information are subject to frequent changes.

I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT (non-UK/EU/EEA/SWISS). DO I NEED A VISA?

If you are a national of non-UK/EU country, coming to study on a course which is more than six months long, you must check if you need a Tier 4 student visa. You must make an application and be granted entry clearance as a student before you travel.

Please note that visa costs are not covered by the CDT international scholarship and you need to be able to meet those costs through your own funds.

Information about costs associated to a Tier 4 applications can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa.

Specific information about extending your visa from inside the UK can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/extend-your-visa.

Additional related costs for the Immigration Health Surcharge can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/how-much-pay

Please note that these figures and the information are subject to frequent changes.

If you have any additional query you are invited to contact Student Services by phone or online.

DO YOU ACCEPT SELF-FUNDED STUDENTS?

We accept self-funded students. Their applications will be assessed by our Selection Panel based on our eligibility criteria.

CAN I REQUEST REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

The CDT is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued, and everyone is treated fairly. We encourage applicants to let us know about any reasonable adjustments they may require, including the possibility of attending the interview via remote video conferencing.

DO I NEED TO CHOOSE A SUPERVISOR?

It is not necessary to choose a supervisor. We ask applicants to list three projects of interest (from our available projects) and at least one industry project (from our list of 2020 industry projects) in their personal statement form. These lists are for indicative purposes only.

CAN I REQUEST FEEDBACK IF MY APPLICATION IS UNSUCCESSFUL?

Applicants who are invited to interview may request feedback. Unfortunately, given the volume of applications, we are not able to give feedback to those applicants who are not invited to interview.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO JOIN THE PROGRAMME AT A DIFFERENT TIME OF THE YEAR?

Our programme begins in September. Candidates with excellent and relevant prior experience might be offered to enter the programme on a 0+4 pathway (without the foundation year) at a different time of the year.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR PART-TIME STUDY IN THE MRES YEAR?

The first year of study is available on a full-time basis only.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR PART-TIME STUDY AND/OR FLEXIBLE WORKING IN THE 2ND - 4TH YEARS?

We offer the option of studying on a part time basis, with a minimum of 50% of full time equivalent required.

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.

ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRESSION AT THE END OF THE MRES YEAR?

In the first year, during the MRes programme, modules may be assessed by examination, coursework, or some combination of these. Students will be expected to meet the programme progression requirements, which is normally successful completion of the MRes course at Merit level or above.