An MPhil/PhD at UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science (ICS) provides you with the opportunity to consider cardiovascular disease from the bench to the bedside. This programme 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 (2019/20)
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 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 focuses on a range of areas, including device development, cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias, ischaemic preconditioning, imaging and regenerative therapy. We also have researchers working in 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.
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.
Our academics have numerous national and international collaborations with academic and commercial organisations, which provides students with broad opportunities for networking and career development.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL is ranked 6th in the world for public health (ShanghaiRankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018) and 8th in the world for clinical medicine (NTU Ranking 2018). A global university 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. ICS was set up in 2011 and is a centre of excellence in preventative and therapeutic cardiovascular medicine. Our academic staff have international reputations and, with links to other major universities, ICS provides a stimulating academic setting.
Department: Institute of Cardiovascular Science
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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