Business Management (Medical Imaging): KESS II Funded PhD: Development of an automated image analysis platform for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to increase efficiency in the screening process

Closing date: 2 March 2018

Key Information

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*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

PhD  Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Medical imaging and analytics

Start date: April 2018

Brief Summary of project:

The aim of this PhD studentship is to develop and evaluate deep learning algorithms and a software solution to rapidly compare DBT images for a patient from different screening time points. The project will include novel research supporting the development of the analytics system and software product development in a partnership between Topia Systems Ltd, Swansea University and Hywel Dda University Health Board. 

Project Objectives

The major objectives for the studentship are to:

  • Develop ‘deep learning’ methods to register DBT images identify features, perform temporal image comparison.
  • Carry out a retrospective study to evaluate algorithms on temporal mammograms.
  • Carry out a prospective study to determine sensitivity/specificity to detect tissue change and evaluate image reading times on select patient cohort.
  • Assist software development (Topia Systems Ltd).


  • DBT image analysis algorithms suite
  • Clinical software product
  • Publishable retrospective and prospective studies of algorithm evaluation
  • Acquired image analysis and development skills for PhD student
  • The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree or equivalent typically with computer programming experience. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see for more information).

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form KESS II Participant Proposal Form

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact

For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –


The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,340 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances assessed in section C point 4 in the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form KESS II Participant Proposal Form

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Professor Paul Lewis regarding information on the area of research, via email

To apply:

1. Complete the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form

2. Complete the KESS Supplementary Application Form

3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:

  • Degree certificates
  • References
  • CV
  • English Language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS Office at the address stated on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form (original ink signatures only).

For any queries please contact

The deadline for applications is 4 pm 2 March 2018.