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BHF Centre 3-Year Interdisciplinary PhD Studentships

We are inviting applications for 3 interdisciplinary studentships to commence from October 2017.

The King’s College London British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Research Excellence offers an outstanding environment for cardiovascular research training. It includes a large number of internationally rated investigators whose expertise encompasses a very broad range of cardiac and vascular biomedicine. The Centre of Excellence compliments the Cardiovascular Division at King’s, which ranked very well in the REF2014 submission for Clinical Medicine (UoA 1).It was ranked 1st in terms of the proportion of outputs rated at 4* or 3*.


1.  miR-142 as a novel therapeutic target in cardiac allograft rejection

Professor Graham Lord, Professor Ajay Shah

Project reference:  #17/GL/NT01


2.  Understanding the complex interaction between the redox state of PKG and PKA and their regulation by cyclic nucleotides

Professor Philip Eaton, Dr Gian de Nicola

Project reference: #17/PE/NT02


3.  Assessment of sodium and fluid homeostasis as a stratifier and biomarker in the treatment of hypertension and heart failure

Professor Phil Chowienczyk, Professor Rene Botnar

Project reference: #17/PC/NT03


Application deadline (all projects):  Friday 10th March 2017

NB:  Please note that the King's Application portal may display a later deadline; this does not apply to these projects.  




Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a 1st or good upper 2nd class degree in a relevant subject. 



Studentships cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus offer a stipend at BHF rates (currently starting at £22,278 per annum) for all three years.

Exceptional candidates who qualify as International Students will be considered, if in possession of documented support to cover the tuition fee differential [currently ca £15,000 pa]).



Please contact the relevant supervisors if you have questions about the research projects. You can also find more information in the sidebar.

Should you have any general enquiries please contact Stephanie Hann, Divisional Administrator, on or (020) 7848 0263.


How to Apply:

Application procedure: 

Please apply online at following these steps: 

- Register a new account / login. 

- Open a new application. 

- Select the programme: 

Choose ‘Research degrees’;

Enter ‘Cardio’, then Search;

Choose: 'Cardiovascular Medical Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time)'.  Your application cannot be considered if submitted under the incorrect programme. 

Choose: ‘September 2017’ as the start date.  The course will start in October, but is listed under the September intake.

- Complete your application, ensuring you name or reference this project and any other 3 year projects you would like to apply for under the ‘Research Proposal’ section. Please note you can only submit one application for all the available PhD projects.

If you would like to submit different personal statements according to the different projects, please email Steph Hann.

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