PhD for science graduates

British Heart Foundation 4 year PhD Studentships


Four BHF studentships will be available to work in any area of cardiovascular biomedicine. Research areas cover stem cells and developmental biology, vascular biology, gene therapy, electrophysiology, therapeutic devices, advanced imaging, cardioprotection, genetics and cell biology. One studentship is likely to be allocated to epidemiology and public health sciences.


The first year will provide post-graduate level tuition in relevant basic biology, research skills training, two or three rotation projects, and opportunities to visit research units and select a PhD project in consultation with prospective supervisors.

PhD projects will cover the entire range of cardiovascular research activity across the UCL campus and applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the research that takes place at ICS and the list of possible supervisors available.

Examples of previous research projects are available here.

Students from maths/physical sciences/systems biology background may be interested in the CoMPLEX schemes, run separately.


During their PhD students will be strongly encouraged to present their work at national and international meetings and funds will be made available specifically for this purpose. Applicants should be EAA nationals, with a relevant first degree from a good university at 1st or 2i level. Masters and relevant experience preferred. The scheme is extraordinarily competitive with over 140 eligible applicants last year.

How to apply

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a first class or a good upper second class Honours degree from a good university. Shortlisting will take into account any relevant project/work experience to-date and A-level/extension paper/baccalaureate results. Excellent spoken and written English is expected. Please note competition for the course is intense, and it may not be possible to acknowledge all applications.

Applications for 2015/16 will be accepted from September 2014, the exact deadline to be confirmed, but the application process will last till early January. Successful candidates will hear from us in mid January 2015.

Residency requirements
Candidates must be a national of the EEA (European Economic Area) OR at the discretion of the course organisers: candidates who are not EEA nationals may be eligible to apply if the individual has worked in a university (providing it is not for the sole purpose of full-time education), hospital or research institution in the UK for at least three years, prior to the date of application.

If it is not obvious these criteria are met, applications will be ignored.

Stipend rates (as of 1st October 2014)
Year 1: £22,278
Year 2: £22,278
Year 3: £23,391
Year 4: £24,561

Application process
Your application must include:

  • CV, which must include nationality or a confirmation of eligibility on page 1
  • The names and addresses of two referees
  • No UCL form is required at this stage
  • The name of the university at which you studied and the degree title and pass level you achieved or expect to achieve. Documentary evidence of progress would be an advantage (For overseas universities independent explanations of GPAs or other scoring systems should be provided where available.)

Applications and requests for further information should be emailed to

Candidates for the 2014/15 intake have now been selected.