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British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Biomedicine, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #8 (QS) London, United Kingdom
This four-year PhD programme 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 programme 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

Research areas:

  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiac development
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Imaging
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • Metabolism (diabetes and obesity)
  • Prevention
  • Regenerative therapy
  • Surgery
  • Vascular biology and physiology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    69

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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.

English Language Requirements
  • If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
  • The English language level for this programme is: Good
International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5240 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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UK/EU: £5,240 (FT) 

Overseas: £24,250 (FT)

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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