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International PhD Academy - Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (QS) Leeds, United Kingdom
Are you an International Student looking for a direct entry International PhD Academy - Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease at University of Leeds? We have developed a new Academy based within the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM).
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The International PhD Academy is particularly suitable for international students with their own funding who have minimal research experience. Our International PhD Academy focuses on bespoke, personalised training and support.

Given the worldwide epidemic of diabetes, significant challenges lie ahead in understanding the mechanisms of complications and in developing new strategies for therapeutic intervention. Part of our core mission is to use our expertise to nurture a new generation of scientists who think differently and go on to be instrumental in transforming understanding and treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. We invite you to join our International PhD Academy - Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease at University of Leeds.

Each year will offer up to five places in the Academy for four-year basic science/population studies PhD studentships, available for entry in September/October.

The Foundation Year

The foundation year includes induction and basic training, a set programme of teaching plus a full complement of modules that will be prepared on an individualised basis once your needs have been discussed. This is designed to provide you with all the necessary skills and support to complete your PhD.

You will spend 12-week intervals working on two different research investigations and will then progress to your main project, contributing to research as you learn. Bespoke training will be delivered in a complementary manner to the taught component. Your individualised training plan will be agreed within the first month of the course as the outcome of the discussion with your supervisory team and the programme manager.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research area

  • Cardiac arrhythmia; 
  • Cardiac remodelling and repair; 
  • cardiovascular; 
  • cardiovascular disease; 
  • heart disease; 
  • medical care; 
  • medical diagnosis


This programme is particularly suitable for international candidates who wish to gain experience in a modern, vibrant and forward-thinking research environment where training will be adapted to suit your specific desired outcomes.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicants must have, or be expected to obtain a 2.1 (or equivalent) relevant BSc degree. This must be a subject relevant to your proposed field of research such as biological, physical sciences or other subjects aligned to medicine and relevant to your proposed field of research.

  • You must hold a British Council IELTS of score 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in other skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking) This qualification must be less than 2 years old at the start of the degree.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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