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Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences MRes, MPhil/PhD, option of joint PhD with the University of Göttingen

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 The School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences pursues internationally leading research programmes that address the fundamental mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal cardiovascular function, and drives translation of strong basic science into advances in clinical practice.

  • REF2014: Ranked first in the United Kingdom for Clinical Medicine, in terms of the proportion of our overall submission that was ranked 4* or 3* (Unit of Assessment 1 – Clinical Medicine).

  • Research income: £32m including substantial funding from the MRC, BBSRC, BHF, Wellcome Trust, EU and other organisations

  • Current number of staff: 47 principal investigators and PhD supervisors

  • Current number of research students: 95 between PhD, MDRes and MRes

  • Recent publications: See our School website https://www.kcl.ac.uk/scms

  • Current research projects: See our School website https://www.kcl.ac.uk/scms

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Key information

Duration Expected to be three years FT or up to six years PT. We also have a four-year BHF MRes / PhD programme for a limited number of outstanding students.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King’s College London. For joint programme, King’s College London and University of Göttingen.

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences



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Course detail


The School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences offers a wide range of clinical and non-clinical postgraduate training opportunities:

·       BHF MRes/PhD programme, duration 4 years*

·       BHF Centre PhD with Göttingen Heart Centre, duration 3 years*

·       Clinicians (PhD/MDRes), duration variable (Part-time available)

·       PhD in Cardiovascular Sciences, duration 3 years (Part-time available)

·       Interdisciplinary PhD, duration 3 years*

*BHF funded programmes are subject to annual BHF funding and call for applications.

 For further information about the research within the School, please refer to the School website which can be found here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/scms


Course study environment

Students work alongside staff researchers and are supervised by two members of academic staff. Each student has a dedicated Thesis Progression Committee that monitors students' progress and gives advice and support.

Postgraduate training

KCL offers a large number of training and skills development opportunities. Participation in the annual Postgraduate Research Symposium is compulsory for all students and provides an opportunity to improve science communication and presentation skills. Opportunities are available for postgraduate students to present their work at national and international scientific meetings. Our postgraduate students also have the opportunity to assist with teaching of undergraduates as demonstrators in practical classes or by leading tutorials.

In addition, the School also runs a series of workshops to teach specific practical cardiovascular research skills to students.

Head of group/division

Professor Ajay Shah

Contact for information

Postgraduate Research Admissions Enquiries

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000

Contact email

Please fill in the Admissions enquiry Form

School contacts

PGR Lead: Dr Aleksandar Ivetic

Email:  aleksandar.ivetic@kcl.ac.uk

Operations Officer (Education): Dr Vicky Aerts

Email: vicky.aerts@kcl.ac.uk

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Cardiovascular Research Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  
  • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in a relevant subject.
  • A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters degree with Merit or above. 
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Non Academic Requirements   Please note that research programmes within the School of Medicine may sometimes require a criminal conviction check depending on the particular topic/method of research.

The Cardiovascular Research Division is generally only able to accept students on funded studentships, which are usually advertised and appointed competitively. For further information please contact the Admissions Office Postgraduate (Health) team.

Application procedure

Studentships will be advertised in Nature Jobsfindaphd.com, the King's Health Schools Studentships webpage or on jobs.ac.uk 

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by at least two academics. Proposed research projects must be approved by the Divisional Postgraduate Co-ordinator, Head of Division and School Postgraduate Research Committee before an offer can be made.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document Checklist
Research Proposal Yes The proposal should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page. Please provide your reasons for choosing your proposed PhD project and any other additional information in support of your application.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional  You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


Course intake

Number of intake depends on availability of funding.

Joint PhDs - Application advice

Students interested in the Joint PhD programme with the University of Göttingen are encouraged to contact the department before submitting an application and refer to the information on the department’s website.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier. 

  • February 2021 entry – 23rd October 2020 for international applicants and 23rd November 2020 for Home/EU applicants 

  • June 2021 entry - 12th April 2021 for international and Home/EU applicants 

  • October 2021 entry – 30th July 2021 for international/EU applicants and 27th August 2021 for Home applicants 

  • February 2022 entry – 12th November 2021 for international/EU applicants and 6th December 2021 for Home applicants 

  • June 2022 entry – 1st April 2022 for international/EU applicants and 11th April 2022 for Home applicants 

Applications for 2022/23 academic year will open from October 2021. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:

£5,560 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£5,560 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£5,560 per year (MDRes)

£5,560 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,780 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,780 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£2,780 per year (MDRes)

£2,780 per year (MDRes Clinical)

UK Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:

£5,850 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£5,850 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£5,850 per year (MDRes)

£5,850 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,925 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,925 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£2,925 per year (MDRes)

£2,925 per year (MDRes Clinical)

These tution fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditiions.

International Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:

£24,570 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£46,720 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£24,570 per year (MDRes)

£46,720 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£12,285 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£23,360 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£12,285 per year (MDRes)

£23,360 per year (MDRes Clinical)

International Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:

£25,800 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£49,050 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£25,800 per year (MDRes)

£49,050 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£12,900 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£24,525 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£12,900 per year (MDRes)

£24,525 per year (MDRes Clinical)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions. 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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