SeNSS ESRC-funded Artificial Intelligence Studentship:

Applications and Implications of Machine Learning: Understanding and Predicting Healthcare Resource Usage and Patient Risk for Improved Population Engagement


Informatics Research Centre; Henley Business School; University of Reading


Project Overview

The gap between supply and demand in healthcare resources driven by an aging population has become an evolving challenge in the UK and global economy. This PhD studentship will investigate how artificial intelligence (AI) methods can provide insight into health resource usage patterns, predict patient behaviour and facilitate hospital operational management. Existing AI methods applied in Electronic Health Records (EHR) will be investigated, and specific AI-based approaches for hospital operational management and patient social behavior will be developed.


This project is a partnership between the University of Reading and the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, offered via the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS).

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We are seeking talented candidates with:

  • a Master’s degree with distinction (or a 2:1 Bachelor Degree) in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, data science, information management or health informatics

  • experience in healthcare industry would be an advantage

  • a track record of academic journal publication is desirable, or the ability to prepare high quality publications

  • fluent English speaking (e.g. IELTS 7 or TOEFL 100 above)

  • strong academic writing skills

  • candidates should have an autonomous and proactive working style, good communication skills and the ability to work well in a team

Funding Details

  • +3 or 1+3 award (length of award is dependent on the applicant’s past research methods training)

  • Tuition fees, stipend (currently £14,777 p.a.) and access to additional funding for training

  • Available full-time or part-time

  • The studentship is open to UK, EU and international students.


How to apply:   

  1. Please submit an application for a PhD in Informatics and System Science via Please quote the reference ‘GS18-173’ in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your online application.

  2. At the same time, please submit an online application to SeNSS for funding for this studentship. Please contact Reading’s administrative lead, Dr Joanna John ( for information on how to do this, and please discuss this application with Dr Li.

  3. We would also like to see a sample of your written work. This might be a published conference or journal paper, or a chapter of your final year dissertation. Please upload your writing sample to your SeNSS online application form.


Application deadline: 23.59 GMT on 18 November 2018

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 10 December


Further Enquiries:

For informal enquiries, please email Dr Weizi Vicky Li (, Associate Professor of Informatics and Digital Health. For further information about SeNSS, contact Paul Newman, the SeNSS Co-ordinator (