Cardiovascular Science MD(Res)

Research areas:

  • 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.

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IRIS department: Institute of Cardiovascular Science

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject or a medical degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. Fourth-year medical students wanting to undertake an intercalated MSc will also be considered.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450


There are four competitive British Heart Foundation four-year PhD positions which students can apply for. Additional three-year British Heart Foundation and Research Council studentships and fellowships are occasionally available for MPhil/PhD students.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Recent graduates have taken up clinical, academic, and postdoctoral positions in the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • University of Toronto, Clinical Fellowship, 2012
  • Imperial College London, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, 2011
  • St Bartholomew's NHS Trust, Consultant Cardiologist, 2011
  • University of Singapore, Senior Lecturer, 2011


The Institute for Cardiovascular Science offers a unique environment for the study of basic and clinical science into cardiovascular disease, allowing engagement with colleagues with professional experience in imaging, regenerative medicine, genetics, epidemiology and translational cardiovascular genomics, preventions and outcomes, as well as cardiology. Therefore a PhD at ICS provides the student with an opportunity to consider cardiovascular disease from the bench to the bedside.


The Institute runs a seminar programme that attracts high-profile national and international external speakers. There is an annual careers event for students, which includes alumni, industry, healthcare and scientific publishing representatives. In addition, academics in the division have numerous national and international collaborative links with academic and commercial organisations. UCL and especially ICS have a special link with Yale University. Together these provide students with broad opportunities for networking and career development.

Next steps


Education Officer

Mrs Joanna Pajerska

T: +44 (0)20 3108 2354


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Prospectus subject

Cardiovascular Science

Faculty overview

Population Health Sciences


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Student View

"Access to superb facilities and working in a cross-disciplinary team has been highly motivating and given me an excellent understanding of bench to bedside research. I have been fortunate to work with colleagues from all over Europe and I have been involved in multi-centre clinical projects."

Caroline Coats

Degree: Cardiovascular Science PhD

Student View

"With the privilege of thorough teaching at UCL, I have become proficient in STATA and a wide range of advanced statistical modelling techniques, from ordered and multinomial logistic regression to survival analysis and multilevel models."

Ada Miltz

Degree: Research Degree: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

Subject: Epidemiology and Health Care, Faculty: Population Health Sciences