Research degrees

  • MPhil/PhD full-time 3 years, part-time 5 years
  • MD(Res) full-time and part-time 2 years

The research themes represented within ICS include:

  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiac Development 
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics 
  • Imaging
  • Ischaemic Heart Disease
  • Metabolism (diabetes and obesity)
  • Prevention
  • Regenerative Therapy 
  • Surgery
  • Vascular Biology and Physiology

If you are interested in doing a PhD/MD(Res) in cardiovascular science, please look at our research pages and identify what area you would like to work in and see if we have an academic who would be able to supervise you in this area. It is advisable to contact your proposed supervisor informally before applying for your PhD/MD(Res) to see if they would be able to supervise your proposed research project. On your application form you need to detail your proposed research project and supervisor.

UCL provides comprehensive guidance for prospective graduate students on the Information for Prospective Students pages of the UCL Graduate Prospectus. There is a particularly helpful guidance document there on contacting potential supervisors.

For more information about the application procedures and a list of fees, please consult the UCL Graduate School website. There is also information about scholarships on this site. Please note that for some lab based research projects there will be an Additional Fee Element ('bench fees') on top of your student fees. Your proposed supervisor will be able to advise you if such fees apply to your research project.

The School of Life and Medical Sciences' Academic Careers Office pages on Biomedical Academic Training also gives advice on selecting your supervisor, developing your project, and finding funding.

ICS also co-ordinates a 4 year PhD programme, funded by the British Heart Foundation, to train students in collaborative research and particularly in the application of mathematical and physical techniques to problems in cardiovascular biology and medicine. There are now more than 125 members spread across 25 UCL departments, with collaborative projects where biologists and physical scientists are tackling problems of common interest. British Heart Foundation and Research Council studentships and fellowships are occasionally available for MPhil/PhD students.

If you have any questions about studying at ICS please contact our Education Officer Joanna Pajerska