UKRI AI CDT in Biomedical Innovation

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    10 Crichton Street, Informatics Forum

    EH8 9AB Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

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The UKRI Biomedical AI Centre for Doctoral Training programme stands at the intersection of AI, biomedicine and social sciences.

Biomedical Artificial Intelligence grows from the realisation that AI technologies will play a central role leveraging data to transform our understanding and practice of biomedicine. Delivering such a step change requires training a new cadre of scientists operating at the juncture of computer science and biomedicine, building AI systems which are effective, ethical and empowering to scientists and users alike.

The 4-year interdisciplinary training programme started in 2019 with the final intake in 2023.  It aims to cover technical AI skills, biomedical foundations and social aspects of Biomedical AI. In Year 1 students work towards a Master by Research, undertaking a number of taught courses and taster research projects to broaden and refine their skills and explore different research areas. In Year 2-4 students develop and pursue an interdisciplinary PhD project.

The CDT in Biomedical AI builds on a long history of collaboration between several centres of excellence within the University:

  • School of Informatics
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • Institute of Genetics and Cancer
  • Usher Institute of Population Health Science and Informatics
  • School of Social and Political Sciences

Together, these institutes provide a unique breadth and depth of expertise, as well as state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities, to support the CDT cohorts. Additionally, leading clinical, industrial and international academic partners will provide students with opportunities for hands-on application in a broad variety of contexts.


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