British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Biomedicine (4 years) MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

This four-year PhD programme provides an opportunity for outstanding graduates with an interest in cardiovascular disease. You will study across different disciplines in a way that is not possible on a three-year PhD scheme. Studentships are awarded annually by the British Heart Foundation.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£5,690
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£26,500
Duration
4 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – Closing date to be confirmed

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject or medical degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. Students also need to satisfy UK VI visa requirements.

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: Good

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

New developments in cardiovascular basic science, data science and engineering have the potential to significantly reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease. However, true progress will only be made through interdisciplinary collaborations. At University College London (UCL) we are offering a four-year PhD Programme with interdisciplinary cardiovascular research at its core.

This four-year PhD programme provides an exciting opportunity for outstanding graduates with an interest in any aspect of cardiovascular disease. We are keen to encourage applicants from graduates with previous experience in a wide range of disciplines, including fundamental and laboratory sciences, engineering, mathematics or physics, and data science or epidemiology.

A four-year programme offers a broader and deeper research opportunity than a traditional three-year PhD scheme and facilitates interdisciplinary research.

The programme is themed around 3 key cardiovascular research strengths at UCL:

  • Fundamental and laboratory science
  • Population and clinical data science
  • Bioengineering, imaging and physical sciences

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

Outstanding research opportunities

UCL offers unrivalled opportunities for PhD research in all aspects of Cardiovascular Biomedicine. The Institute of Cardiovascular Science was set up in 2011 and is a centre of excellence in preventative and therapeutic cardiovascular medicine. Our academic staff have international reputations and ICS provides a stimulating academic setting. Research labs are well-funded and equipped, so that PhD students have the best chance of getting off to a productive start straightaway. 

Cultural and social opportunities provided by London

UCL is located in Bloomsbury, close to the entertainment areas of the West End and South Bank which are home to an enormous range of music, art, theatre and film venues, and a vast number of restaurants and bars. London is extremely socially diverse: most PhD students rapidly establish a thriving social life.

Pastoral care

Throughout the study years, all student's progress will be monitored and assessed by a committee responsible for the training provided. Students will be integrated into the community of cardiovascular researchers at UCL by participation in journal clubs, symposia, seminars and social events. Career advice will be given in the last year.

The foundation of your career

Our breadth allows engagement with colleagues with professional experience in imaging, regenerative medicine, genetics, epidemiology and translational cardiovascular genomics, prevention and outcomes, and cardiology. A PhD at ICS provides the student with an opportunity to consider cardiovascular disease from the bench to the bedside.

Employability

As well as post-doctoral fellowships (UK and abroad), UCL British Heart Foundation PhD students have gone on to form start-up companies, work for research organisations, teach, and work for Research Councils.

Networking

A modern research career is based on research skills and collaboration. Effective networking skills also greatly benefit students in their future careers. To instil these, students are supervised by internationally recognised and well connected research leaders. Our academics have numerous national and international collaborations with academic and commercial organisations, which provides students with broad opportunities for networking and career development.

As a PhD student at ICS, you will be given the opportunity to attend and present at local, national and international scientific meetings, workshops and conferences where networking is developed with peers and research leaders in academia, medicine and the private sector.

PhD projects will cover the entire range of activity across the UCL campus, and as postgraduate research student within UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science, you will have the opportunity to connect with cardiovascular scientists, and to form links with researchers in a wide range of disciplines. You will gain skills suitable for a career in research, the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry and other related fields.

Teaching and learning

Structure of the 4-year programme

The first year of the programme provides postgraduate-level tuition in selected relevant topics, training in transferable research skills, and the opportunity to undertake three 12-week projects, working with cardiovascular scientists across UCL. These projects provide a basis for you to select a doctoral project and supervisors.

During your PhD thesis research, you will be encouraged to present your work at international meetings. PhD projects will cover the entire range of activity across the UCL campus, and so applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with our research.

As a postgraduate research student within the institute, you will have the opportunity to connect with cardiovascular scientists, and to form links with researchers in engineering, nanotechnology, chemistry and genetics. You will gain skills suitable for a career in research, the pharmaceutical industry or related fields.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) consists of a piece of supervised research, undertaken over a period of four years full-time on this programme. Assessment is by means of a thesis, which should demonstrate your capacity to pursue original research based upon a good understanding of the research techniques and concepts appropriate to the discipline.

It must also represent a distinct and significant contribution to the subject, whether through the discovery of new knowledge, the connection of previously unrelated facts, the development of new theory, or the revision of older views.

It should reflect the exercise of critical judgement with regard to both your own work and that of other scholars in the field.

Research areas and structure

The programme is themed around 4 key cardiovascular research strengths at UCL:

  • Fundamental Biology and Discovery Science
  • Therapeutic and Diagnostic Innovation
  • Populations Science and Experimental Medicine
  • Data Science and Health Informatics

The programme is led by the Institute of Cardiovascular Science, but students can and do undertake PhDs in other Faculties and Institutes. More information can be found on the Institute  website: British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Biomedicine PhD

Research environment

UCL is a world-class centre of excellence in cardiovascular research and medicine. Over 400 cardiovascular scientists and cardiologists undertake basic, clinical and population-based research to improve our understanding of disease and provide new diagnostics, therapies and preventative strategies. 

Full-time

The first year of the programme provides postgraduate-level tuition in selected relevant topics, training in transferrable research skills, and the opportunity to undertake three 12-week research projects, working with different cardiovascular Scientists across UCL. These projects provide a basis for students to select a doctoral project and supervisors. During your PhD thesis research, students will be encouraged to present their work at international meetings, and funds will be made available for this. A generous consumables allowance is provided across the studentship.

You are required to register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an upgrade viva 21-30 months after initial registration.

Throughout your research degree, you will be required to undertake skills training via the Doctoral Skills Development Programme.

During the three years of the PhD research project, the primary and secondary supervisors, alongside a dedicated thesis committee, monitor progress of your research project until submission. You will receive independent support from a personal mentor. Rotation and PhD projects are supported by a consumables allowance and you will have access to a travel fund for local and international conference attendance.

The PhD programme is expected to be completed within four years for full-time students. If you are not ready to submit at the end of the fourth year, you may register as a completing research student (CRS) while you write up your thesis.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,500

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

This programme is funded by the British Heart Foundation.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Requests for further information should be emailed to bhf4yr@ucl.ac.uk. For more information on the application process see our Applications page.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021