The Institute of Cardiovascular Science is a centre of excellence in preventative and therapeutic cardiovascular medicine. This PhD will widen your horizons and bring you in contact with cardiovascular scientists with links to engineering, nanotechnology, chemistry and genetics, creating opportunities in research, pharma or aligned fields.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £5240 (FT) £2700 (PT)
- £23540 (FT) £11760 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Our research is broad, spanning discovery-based laboratory science, clinical translation and experimental medicine, as well as healthcare evaluation, implementation and policy. Cardiovascular research at ICS has an international reputation in device development, cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias, ischaemic preconditioning, imaging and regenerative therapy. We are leaders in the fields of cardiovascular genetics, epidemiology and preventative medicine.
- Cardiac development
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Ischaemic heart disease
- Metabolism (diabetes and obesity)
- Regenerative therapy
- Vascular biology and physiology.
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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Recent graduates have taken up clinical, academic, and postdoctoral positions in the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Clinical Lecturer,UCL
- Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
- Vascular Surgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital (NHS)
The Institute of Cardiovascular Science offers a unique environment to study the basic and clinical science of 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. A PhD at ICS provides the student with an opportunity to consider cardiovascular disease from the bench to the bedside.
Students are provided with a wide range of study, opportunities for networking, and career development. The institute runs a seminar programme that attracts high-profile national and international external speakers. In addition, academics in the division have numerous national and international collaborative links with academic and commercial organisations. There is an annual careers event for students, which includes alumni, industry, healthcare and scientific publishing representatives.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL is London’s global university, welcoming students from around the world. Set in the heart of London, the campus offers exposure to many different disciplines.
UCL has one of the largest and most dynamic cardiovascular research bases in the UK. The UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science was set up in 2011 to establish a preeminent centre for cardiovascular research. The academic staff have international reputations and, with links to other major universities, ICS provides a stimulating academic setting.
Department: Institute of Cardiovascular Science
Student / staff numbers
› 17 staff
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Cardiovascular Science
80% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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.
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