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Doctoral Training

Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research

The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research has four nodes distributed across the UK – HeRC-N8 (across Northern England, led by University of Manchester), @UCLPartners, Scotland and CIPHER and will link research in 19 other UK universities.

The vision for the Farr Institute is to deliver high-quality, cutting-edge research linking electronic health data with other forms of research and routinely collected data, as well as build capacity in health informatics research. 

With a £17.5 million-research award from a 10 funder consortium, plus additional £20 million capital funds from the Medical Research Council, the Farr Institute will support the safe use of patient and research data for medical research as well as innovation in the public and industry sectors leading to advances in preventative medicine, the delivery of NHS care, development of drugs and diagnostics and new insights into the understanding of causes of ill health.

The Farr Institute has established a three year doctoral training scheme that will provide students with an opportunity to develop new cross-and inter-disciplinary skills and contribute to an exciting, thriving and multi-disciplined research community in a strategically important and high-impact field. Supervisors are drawn from across nodes and projects cover the main Farr platforms and clinical work-streams. Students will be based at one of  the centre partner institutions, but will form part of the wider Farr Institute Doctoral Training Network.

How to apply

Potential students must first discuss the project with the appropriate academic supervisors and obtain permission to apply. Students should have a minimum of a 2:1 in their first degree in an appropriate discipline and it is preferable for candidates to hold or be completing a Masters qualification in an appropriate field.

Applications should consist of a CV, a statement of research experience and interests, and the contact details of two academic referees. Please submit the application to the relevant person for each centre.



Studentships are funded for 3 years and provide stipend and fees. At present, due to funding restrictions, we can only accept applications for funded places from UK/Home and EU applicants. Overseas applicants who are self-funding or in receipt of a scholarship are welcome to apply, but are requested to contact the Farr Institute prior to submitting their application.

Studentships start date: October 2014

For current studentship opportunities and further details in Farr@HeRC please click here

For current studentship opportunities and further details in Farr@UCLPartners click here

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  • I wish I were a UK citizen :( this sounds like a great program.

  • Hi

    I am looking for potential supervisors who can supervise me for my health informatics research.
    Any feedback on gaining their contact will help.

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This e-Seminar will cover how to develop your career in Health Informatics.


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