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Postgraduate research

Health Technologies PhD

University of Gloucestershire

What is Health Technologies?

The use of different technologies in healthcare is growing exponentially. This has led to a transformation in the approaches to health problems and challenges globally. Health technologies have been used to support diagnosing, treatment, and monitoring of different health conditions, as well as to protect the health sector from cyber threats and to improve quality of life for many people.

There is an urgent need for professionals in health technologies to support the development and implementation of different and emerging technologies within the health sector. Areas are needed, spanning, but not limited to, development of new systems, automation of clinical-related tasks, network management, cyber security, artificial intelligence, data analytics and support for medical image processing.

Health Technologies accommodates graduates from a range of areas, from healthcare, nursing, biology, and psychology to computing, cyber security, games, and engineering. Due to the research focus of this course, students will have the opportunity to learn different skills to support their work, bridging gaps in any area related to either health or technologies needed for completing your project.

This will be a project-oriented course, meaning that instead of focusing on different modules and assignments, students will have the opportunity to work with emerging issues in the health sector and apply their skills in the area from the beginning of the course.

Students will benefit from our partnership with the local NHS trust and interact with them to tackle current and real problems to support the challenges in the digital area in the NHS.

Join us and learn a multi-disciplinary degree that binds health and technology and support you with enhancing your employability and knowledge in an ever-growing area.

Study style

The School of Business is active in pure and applied research, knowledge transfer and industrial projects. There are a number of dedicated laboratories for researchers. This strong and dynamic background means postgraduate researchers will join a group of about 30 research candidates involved in extending both new knowledge and professional practice.

All postgraduate researchers are required to initially take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers. We also offer a range of further research training events, postgraduate researcher-led seminars, conferences, and summer schools – as well as training offered through other universities and bodies.

This diverse range of events helps you gain the skills and confidence you need to underpin your research journey.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area

    • A master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic.

    • We actively encourage applications from students from a range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement.

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

    • Please provide a copy of your research proposal. This should be 1,000 words (excluding references and appendices) following the structure outlined in this research proposal guide.

      Please note; we’re unable to process applications without a proposal for the School’s consideration. Not supplying one will delay the processing of applications.

Fees and costs

Start date Course code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
October 2023 £5,100 £11,730
February 2024 £5,100 £11,730
October 2024 TBC TBC
February 2025 TBC TBC
October 2025 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

  • Clinical informatician
  • Healthcare Scientist
  • Healthcare Transformation Lead
  • Medical and Biomedical computing
  • Software engineering
  • Research Scientist

Industry links

In the latter stages of your research, you’ll be encouraged to attend national and international academic conferences to present your ideas, and receive feedback.

We also support publication opportunities, where with the help of your supervisors, you may want to submit journal articles as part of your researcher development.

Research of Advanced Cyber Security Protocols Using Body Physiological Signals

The security of Implantable Medical Devices (IMDs) is an emerging area in research where classical cryptographic methods are not applicable in IMDs due to limitation of available resources.

This project employs scientific and engineering theories to extract true randomness from body physiological signals, with the aim of developing advanced cryptographic methods for devices with scarce resources.

This is a collaborative project between UoG and Imperial College, funded by PETRAS hub and InnovativeUK.

Professor Hassan Chizari, Professor Shujun Zhang

Bionic Principle and Key Technologies for Cell-Pulsation-based Health Enhancement Systems

The health of living organisms is dependent on a cell’s condition and research shows that the more energetically a cell pulses, the healthier it is.

This project employs scientific and engineering theories to study the relationship between electromagnetic signals and cell pulsations, with the aim of developing bionic technologies to enhance cell pulsations and, hence, their health, then the health of human beings and animals.

This is an international collaboration project between UoG, Imperial College, Jilin University and a number of companies in UK and China.

Professor Shujun Zhang, Professor Hassan Chizari and Professor Kamal Bechkoum

Benefit from:

• Strong applied research focus
• Cross-disciplinary projects
• Supervisory team featuring cyber & technical computing and data scientists with health technology experience

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