BHF 4-year studentship
Why a 4-year PhD in Cardiovascular Science?
The BHF 4-year MRes/PhD Programme at King’s College London has a well-established and successful structure that aims to train the future national and international research leaders in cardiovascular science. The programme includes an initial MRes year preceding a 3-year PhD project, which offers the following substantial advantages:
• It provides students with a sound foundation in modern multi-disciplinary techniques applicable to cardiovascular research and allows their integration within specific pathophysiological topics, with which few students are likely to be familiar at the outset, thereby facilitating the recruitment into the cardiovascular field of talented students from a wide variety of biomedical backgrounds.
• Through mini-projects and workshops, it provides students with exposure to a broad range of cardiovascular research areas, experimental approaches and supervisors, thus enabling them to make a well-informed choice of PhD project and supervisor.
• Through a library project, it allows students to assimilate the background to and contribute to the design of their PhD project, thereby enhancing student engagement in, ownership of and passion for the project.
• It recognizes early development as a specialist cardiovascular investigator through the award of an MRes in Cardiovascular Science at the end of the first year.
Potential principal supervisors and research interests
Supervisors in our BHF 4-year MRes/PhD Programme are selected from amongst Cardiovascular Division principal investigators (PIs) and PIs with expertise that is applicable to cardiovascular research from other KCL Divisions, and provide training in a broad range of research topics and techniques. For participation as principal supervisor, PIs need to meet the following criteria, with appropriate allowance made for junior Faculty members (who are paired with an experienced PI as second supervisor) regarding the extent of previous PhD supervision:
• International research standing or trajectory.
• Sustained publication in high impact journals over the past 5 years.
• Experience and training in the supervision of PhD students.
• Successful completion of PhD theses by students within 4 years over the past 5 years.
• Sustained and substantial external research grant income.
• Commitment to participate in postgraduate teaching (seminars, demonstrations, workshops).
Studentships consist of a stipend at BHF rates (currently £22,278 per annum) plus tuition fees.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2013/14 academic year have closed. Applications for the 2014/15 intake will open in November/December 2013.
For further information on this programme, please contact Elizabeth Halton, Assistant Divisional Manager.