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.

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.

The deadline for applications for 2015/16 is 18th December 2015. 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: £24,093
Year 4: £26,057

Application process

  1. Email your application to by the 18th December 2015, writing ‘PhD Studentship Application’ in the email subject field.
  2. Your application should be attached as a single Word document (degree transcripts can be separate files) comprising: a) Completed cover sheet; b) Covering letter (addressed to Prof. Pete Scambler); c) CV (must include the names and contact details of your two referees); d) A summary/abstract of any research project already undertaken (no more than one page of A4).
  3. Please save your application, and degree transcripts if submitting, using your surname first and then your first name, e.g. Smith_John.doc
  4. In your covering letter please; a) State your nationality and how you will fund international fees if applicable; b) Tell us where you saw the advertisement of this studentship; c) Give details of other studentships you may have applied for.
  5. Send the Reference Form to your two referees and make sure they email the references to by 18th December 2015.

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