Applications

We welcome applications from UK, EU/EEA/Swiss and international applicants to start in September 2021.
Deadline: 18 January 2021

 

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 (which will be ‘on-line’ this year). Further details of eligibility criteria and the application process can be found below. 

Timeline

The application window opens for the autumn cohort in the late winter and interviews for shortlisted applicants happen in the early spring. Shortlisted applicants will be informed of the outcome of the interview in late spring. The administrative and practical details of studentships are finalised with successful applicants in the Sumer and the new cohort of successful applicants is welcomed to the CDT and begins induction in early autumn.

Funding and ELIGIBILITY Criteria

Who should apply?

Medical Imaging is a broad and diverse research area with students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants will normally be expected to have first 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

We may also consider other qualifications and all applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Applications from individuals with non-standard backgrounds (for example, currently employed in industry or returning from a career break) and from communities that are currently under-represented in academia are especially welcome. All applicants need to demonstrate enthusiasm, an open mind and aptitude for the Programme.

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.

In line with UKRI guidance on eligibility, the Centre will offer studentships to home and international students, which include a stipend and fees at the home level. The total number of international appointments cannot exceed 30% of the cohort.

For further guidance on fee status, please visit the King’s College London Advice & Guidance webpages.

Home students:

Home students will be eligible for a full UKRI award, including fees and stipend, if they satisfy UKRI criteria, including residency requirements. To be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • have settled status, or
  • have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they will be classed as an International student.

EU/EEA/Swiss students:

Following the written statement by the Minister of State for Universities, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status from the academic year starting in August 2021. It will not affect EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. It will also not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Students living within the EU who do not meet eligibility requirements for Home Fee status will need to submit applications as international students in line with the UKRI announcement.

International students:

International students will be eligible for full UKRI-funded studentships, including fees (at the home level) and stipend, from the start of the 2021/22 academic year, UK Research and Innovation has announced. Studentships for international students will, however, be limited in number (to around four per year).

EU students who do not meet eligibility requirements for Home Fee status and 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 Student Visa interactive guide and advice documents. Please also read our FAQs below.

Self-funded students:

We also welcome applications from students who have secured their own funding or are in receipt of alternative scholarships.

If you are a self-funded student and wish to study within the Centre please send an email to imaging-cdt@kcl.ac.uk in advance of the application deadline in order to discuss this.

Other funding

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

Please note that there are several other funded opportunities for doctoral studies in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences:

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, please follow the steps below, bearing in mind that co-sponsored projects are currently being prioritised:

Step one

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 2021_*** are on offer for September 2021 entry. You will be asked to list three projects in order of preference. You will be also asked to select an industry or academic co-sponsored project.

Please note that:

  1. We are prioritising industry and or other co-sponsored projects;
  2. 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 admissions application portal, 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 2021) 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 ensure to complete the following sections of the form with all relevant information (all questions marked with ‘*’ 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.
  • 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 ouravailable projects in order of preference) and at least one industry or academic co-sponsored project (from our list of 2021 co-sponsored projects). However, bear in mind that these lists are for indicative purposes only.

    You will be asked to list three projects of interest (from our available projects in order of preference) and at least one industry or academic co-sponsored project (from our list of 2021 co-sponsored projects). However, bear in mind that these lists are 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_2021. Failing to include this code may result in you not being considered for this funding scheme.

 

  1. 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 taking place in the week commencing on 22 February via remote video conferencing.

FAQs

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

If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and you started living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you’re coming to the UK from 1 January 2021, you’ll need to apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK.

The earliest date your Student Visa will start from is 1 January 2021.

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.

This guide managed by the Student Visa and International Advice team at King’s College London can help you choose the correct visa for your studies.

I AM CLASSIFIED AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. HOW DO I APPLY FOR A VISA?

All international students (including EU/EEA/Swiss students who do not qualify for Home Fees Status) need to apply for a “Student Visa” to study in the UK. The Student Visa has replaced the Tier 4 visa, as of the 5th October 2020.

When to apply

When you can apply depends on whether you’re applying from inside or outside the UK.

Applying from outside the UK

The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you start your course. You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

Applying from inside the UK

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before your course starts. You must apply before your current visa expires. Your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring. You’ll usually get a decision within 8 weeks.

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.

This guide managed by the Student Visa and International Advice team at King’s College London can help you choose the correct visa for your studies.

Information about costs associated to a Student Visa applications can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa      

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

Specific information about switching to a Student Visa from another Visa if you are already in the UK can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/switch-to-this-visa    

Additional related costs for the Immigration Health Surcharge can be found at: https://www.immigration-health-surcharge.service.gov.uk/checker/type

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 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.

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 2021 industry or other co-sponsored projects) in their personal statement form. These lists are for indicative purposes only.  A successful candidate is first of all admitted to the CDT.  Following this, the process begins of matching students to specific projects that best reflect their interests and skills. (Note that we prioritise industry and or other co-sponsored projects).

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 2021. Candidates with excellent and relevant prior experience may be able 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 in Healthcare Technologies as the foundation year, even stronger industry links in the form of industry placements, entrepreneurship training and opportunities to engage with international training programmes and labs to become part of a wider PhD network. 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.