Postgraduate research opportunities The Future Hospital & Beyond Its Walls


Key facts

  • Opens: Monday 30 May 2022
  • Deadline: Friday 15 July 2022
  • Number of places: Up to eight
  • Duration: Up to six years


The 'Future Hospital' is a network that is agile, flexible and responsive, connected by a digital infrastructure. Long-term solutions in prevention of disease, remote monitoring, early diagnosis, and detection will be key components of Future Hospitals. The Future Hospital will have better processes enhancing patient experiences and outcomes. Up to eight part-time PhD studentships, each for up to six years' duration, will be awarded to professionals working in the Health, Care or Third Sector.
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Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • the University entry criteria to undertake a PhD
  • required to be professionals currently working in the Health, Care or Third Sector
  • available to commence their PhD studies part-time, between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023

Applicants must be a UK national or working in the UK and adhere to Research Council (RCUK) eligibility criteria.

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Project Details

Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Research in Multidisciplinary Exploration of Health Oriented Data & Digital Health

This Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) funds relevant doctoral research activity that supports advancements in digital health and data technologies to optimise health and care delivery. In this phase of funding, our CDT aims to support a portfolio of research activity that sits under the theme of the ‘Future Hospital and Beyond Its Walls’.

The ‘Future Hospital’ is a network that is agile, flexible, and responsive, connected by a digital infrastructure and providing data-driven-care; supporting people to be cared for in their communities with at risk populations monitored remotely and empowered to engage and be active participants in their own health and care.

The ‘Future Hospital’ will have better flows and processes, be more efficient, saving costs and enhancing patient experiences and outcomes.

Future care will focus heavily on the wellbeing and prevention agenda, rather than just responding to illnesses when they occur.

Long-term solutions in prevention of disease, remote monitoring, early diagnosis, and detection will be key components of the Future Hospital, reducing burden on inpatient services, optimising staff roles and workloads and unlocking new opportunities for innovative use of hospital and virtual spaces.


  • must be supervised by academics at the University of Strathclyde and be supervised across two academic departments
  • must be supported by the NHS, Care or Third Sector and clearly demonstrate potential to make a significant positive impact on health and care delivery under the auspices of the ‘Future Hospital’ by the innovative use of digital health and/or data technologies in their host organisation
  • engagement of the NHS, Care or Third Sector through the full studentship must be evidenced through a letter of support from the organisation and confirmation granting day release for the candidate to undertake their studies
  • the NHS, Care or Third sector organisation is responsible for ensuring the student has allocated study leave (at no cost to the University of at least four working days per month) to undertake their PhD

Interaction with the Centre for Doctoral Training

The student will provide the CDT with a six-monthly report to include a summary of progress and achievements relating to the studentship.

The University partner and student will acknowledge Leslie Stretch as the funder in all publications and other forms of communication such as posters, presentations and at conferences.

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Funding details

A maximum of £25,000 is available towards the cost of tuition fees for each studentship as well as travel, consumables and publications associated with the period of PhD study thanks to a philanthropic donation from Strathclyde alumnus Leslie Stretch.

The total amount of funding for one studentship will be for a maximum of six years. Any costs beyond this duration will not be covered.

Details Funding per PhD for duration (maximum six years)
Postgraduate Fees 2022/23 £15,000 (over six years)
Consumables, travel relating to research undertaken as part of PhD, publication, conference attendance  £10,000
Total funding from Strathclyde (six-year duration part-time) £25,000
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All potential applicants are advised to contact Health and Care Futures at for any informal enquiries and to identify potential University of Strathclyde supervisors for their project and to work with them to develop their application.

Applications should be made using the CDT Project Proposal Form and returned along with the required supporting documentation. The closing date for applications is 15 July 2022 at 5pm. Proposals should be submitted to

Number of places: Up to eight

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