Health Informatics postgraduate research degrees

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Postgraduate research in Health Informatics

Ready to start your research career? Explore our postgraduate research degrees in Health Informatics

If you're interested in pursuing a postgraduate research degree in Health Informatics, Portsmouth is the perfect place to do it.

At a time when lifestyles are changing and the population is ageing, our current research in Health Informatics is exploring how information technology can potentially ease the pressure on the health and social care sectors, and help people live longer, happier and healthier lives.

As a postgraduate research degree student, you'll have the opportunity to make your own contribution to the work we're doing – and play a role in transforming our research into action.

Through our research, we're improving the design of computer systems and wellbeing services to make the delivery of healthcare more efficient and cost-effective. By helping health and care providers use data more wisely, our work is helping them to save time, while improving the accuracy of their clinical decisions, and informing new standards and techniques for treatment and care.

Our researchers have extensive practical experience working in Information Technology in the National Health Service (NHS), excellent links with other universities, professional bodies and global industry – and extensive expertise in the fields of mathematical and computer modelling, data analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

Research degrees

Find out about our PhD, MPhil, Professional Doctorate and PhD by Publication opportunities in Health Informatics below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.

Health Informatics PhDs and MPhils

Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Health Informatics, or submit your own research idea. 

PhD and MPhil projects


There are currently no funded PhD projects available in this area – for more information on funding your own research project, visit our pages on funding your research degree.

Submit your own idea

If you already have a research idea, find a supervisor whose research interests match yours by searching our Find a PhD Supervisor page. Once you've identified someone suitable, contact them to discuss your idea.

Professional Doctorate

If you're a working professional interested in pursuing work-based research in the field of Health Informatics, find out more about our Professional Doctorate in Health Science (DHealthSci).

PhD by Publication

A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.

Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.

For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.

Duration, fees and funding

How long will my research degree take?

  • MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
  • PhD by Publication: 1 year part-time

How much will my research degree cost?

PhD and MPhil

  • Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,407 p/a*
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,204 p/a*
  • International full-time students: £16,400 p/a*
  • International part-time students: £8,200 p/a*

PhD by Publication

  • External candidates: £4,407 p/a
  • Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,680 p/a

*All fees are subject to annual increase

Funding support

MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.

For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Support and facilities

When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

You'll have access to extensive resources including a Clinical Skills Laboratory, Digital X-Ray Suite, Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) System, and Ultrasound Room. Our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care offers you the opportunity to develop practical skills for working in health-related sciences in a safe learning environment. The Centre has simulation facilities that mirror current clinical equipment and healthcare environments.

What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.


Apply for a research degree in Health Informatics by completing our online form. 

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Current research

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