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Postgraduate research


The School has a vibrant postgraduate community, focused on the mechanisms and treatment of cardiovascular disease. We currently have 70 postgraduate research students and each year we look to recruit new cohorts of talented students through our postgraduate research programmes.

Potential applicants who have secured their own funding are welcome to apply. We advise that all applicants first identify a willing Principal Investigator (PI) from the School, prior to submitting a formal application. The contact emails for PI’s can be found on our School website. 


Inter-disciplinary PhD Studentships

We offer 3-year interdisciplinary BHF Centre PhD studentships, where the student is co-supervised by one cardiovascular and one non-cardiovascular Principal Investigator with synergistic expertise. We are particularly keen to attract students with non-biomedical backgrounds (e.g. physics, engineering, chemistry, mathematics).  Studentships are generally advertised in November.





BHF 4-year MRes/PhD Programme in Cardiovascular Science

This research-intensive 4-year programme for core cardiovascular training includes an initial MRes year with multiple laboratory rotations and practical workshops that precedes a 3-year PhD project (see 4-year MRes/PhD programme for details). Studentships are normally advertised in November.





BHF Centre 3-year Joint PhD Studentships with Göttingen Heart Centre

Together with the Heart Centre at the University of Göttingen we offer a joint PhD programme, or an opportunity to participate in shorter-term interdisciplinary research experience under the guidance of the International Research Training Group (IRTG). Both learning opportunities offer bilateral exchange between laboratories of participating principal investigators, whose interests focus on phosphorylation and redox signalling in the failing heart. Studentships are generally advertised in November.




For clinicians we offer both laboratory-based PhD projects, often in translational science, and more clinically oriented projects leading to an MD or PhD. Specialities covered within the School’s portfolio include cardiology, cardiac surgery, clinical pharmacology, diabetes and metabolic medicine, stroke medicine and vascular surgery.

Projects are usually tailored to the individual and clinicians genuinely interested in pursuing research training and an academic career are advised first to contact the appropriate senior clinical Principal Investigator within the Division according to their specialty. High calibre individuals may also apply for one-year Clinical Training Fellowships awarded through various funders, which are advertised annually, e.g. the MRC and the BHF. These provide initial research training and the time to develop a research proposal for a full 3-year fellowship application.

Please note that if applying for an MD, students must already be registered with the GMC.

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