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British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Biomedicine, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #10 (QS) London, United Kingdom
This four-year British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Biomedicine programme from University College London (UCL) provides an opportunity for outstanding graduates with an interest in cardiovascular disease. You will study across different disciplines in a way that is not possible on a three-year PhD scheme. Four studentships are awarded annually by the British Heart Foundation.
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Overview

UCL is a world-class centre of excellence in cardiovascular research and medicine. Over 400 cardiovascular scientists and cardiologists undertake basic, clinical and population-based research to improve our understanding of disease and provide new diagnostics, therapies and preventative strategies. 

The first year of the British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Biomedicine programme from University College London (UCL) provides postgraduate-level tuition in selected relevant topics, training in transferable research skills, and the opportunity to undertake three 12-week projects, working with cardiovascular scientists across UCL. 

These projects provide a basis for you to select a doctoral project and supervisors.

During your PhD thesis research, you will be encouraged to present your work at international meetings. PhD projects will cover the entire range of activity across the UCL campus, and so applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with our research.

As a postgraduate research student within the institute, you will have the opportunity to connect with cardiovascular scientists, and to form links with researchers in engineering, nanotechnology, chemistry and genetics. You will gain skills suitable for a career in research, the pharmaceutical industry or related fields.

As well as post-doctoral fellowships (UK and abroad), UCL British Heart Foundation PhD students have gone on to form start-up companies, work for research organisations, teach, and work for Research Councils.

Employability

Our breadth allows engagement with colleagues with professional experience in imaging, regenerative medicine, genetics, epidemiology and translational cardiovascular genomics, prevention and outcomes, and cardiology. A PhD at ICS provides the student with an opportunity to consider cardiovascular disease from the bench to the bedside.

Networking

Our academics have numerous national and international collaborations with academic and commercial organisations, which provides students with broad opportunities for networking and career development.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

The programme is themed around 4 key cardiovascular research strengths at UCL:
  • Fundamental Biology and Discovery Science
  • Therapeutic and Diagnostic Innovation
  • Populations Science and Experimental Medicine
  • Data Science and Health Informatics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    69

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

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

  • A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject or medical degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. Students also need to satisfy UK VI visa requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24980 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

This programme is funded by the British Heart Foundation.

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