Cardiovascular Science MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

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, imaging, anatomy, nanotechnology, chemistry and genetics, creating opportunities in research, pharma or aligned fields.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£5,690
£2,845
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£26,500
£13,230
Duration
3 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.
Applications accepted
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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.

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

The cardiovascular research degree programme is based within UCL's Institute of Cardiovascular Science (ICS).

You will join a PhD programme that supports almost 100 students investigating a range of cardiovascular areas from basic research to clinical and epidemiological research. We welcome students of any religion or social background from all around the world.

This programme offers you the opportunity to join a multidisciplinary research department with experts who focus on a wide range of cardiovascular diseases. 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.

You will be supported to gain a wealth of skills, experience and networking opportunities that are relevant for a wide range of future careers, both within academia and more widely in healthcare, industry and governmental sector.

You will receive direct supervision from world-leading academics based on UCL's campus in the heart of London. All PhD students are supported by supervisory panels of multidisciplinary staff, as well as departmental graduate tutors. In addition, you will be encouraged to present your research at international and local conferences and meetings.

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

The ICS PhD programme will provide you with excellent training to PhD level. We are committed to high quality postgraduate education with a diverse range of study opportunities, and have a strong track record of training and support for students and supervisors. A wide range of projects are available for prospective PhD students who are either self-funding or who can secure sponsorship for 3-4 years.

You will be undertaking a PhD at an institution that is internationally recognised for its fundamental, translational and clinical research. There are over 23,000 graduate students studying at UCL, consequently, UCL has excellent support systems in place to support you. You will have opportunities to participate in Institute-level skills training as well as attending world-class courses provided by the Doctoral School.

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

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

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 widespread national and international collaborations with academic and commercial organisations, which together with an active Postgraduate Society 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.

Teaching and learning

PhD final assessment is by means of a thesis, which should demonstrate your ability to pursue original research based upon a good understanding of the research techniques and concepts appropriate to the discipline.

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

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

You are required to register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an upgrade viva. For a successful upgrade to PhD, you prepare a written report, give an oral presentation and pass an oral examination.

For a PhD award, you will be examined on your submitted thesis, this involves a viva (an oral exam) with two independent examiners.

Research areas and structure

For the full range of research groups and supervisors please explore our webpages

  • 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.

Research environment

UCL is a top-rated university in the UK for research strength (REF 2014). In the 2022 QS World University Rankings, UCL has risen two places to rank 8th. UCL is ranked 5th in the world for Public Health (ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021).

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, consequently, ICS provides a stimulating academic setting.

The Institute of Cardiovascular Science is located in the Bloomsbury area of Central London. Much of the work is interdisciplinary, integrating with UCL Engineering, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Behavioural Science, Ophthalmology and the UCL Genetics Institute. We also have a flourishing link with leading cardiovascular scientists and clinicians at Yale University through the Yale UCL Collaborative.

More specifically, ICS brings together four research departments, whose interests span the life course from childhood to old age, and research from the origins of disease to the development of innovative interventions.

The four research Departments are:

The length of registration for the research degree programme is 3 years for full-time.

You are required to register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an upgrade viva 9-18 months after initial registration. For a successful upgrade to PhD, students prepare a written report, give an oral presentation and pass an oral examination.

Within three months of joining the programme, you are expected to agree with your supervisor the basic structure of your research project, an appropriate research method(s) and a realistic plan of work, and to present this plan to your Thesis Committee. In addition, throughout your research degree, you will be required to undertake skills training via the Doctoral Skills Development Programme.

Students are regularly monitored to ensure that they are making good progress, and that supervisory arrangements are satisfactory to both the student and supervisor. Once the student has completed their research and submitted their thesis, they have a viva (an oral exam) with two examiners.

The PhD programme is expected to be completed within three years. Upon successful completion of your approved period of registration you may register as a completing research student (CRS) if you are not ready to submit your thesis at this point.

The length of registration for the research degree programme is 5 years part-time.

You are required to register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an upgrade viva 15-30 months after initial registration. For a successful upgrade to PhD, students prepare a written report, give an oral presentation and pass an oral examination.

Within six months of joining the programme, you are expected to agree with your supervisor the basic structure of your research project, an appropriate research method(s) and a realistic plan of work, and to present this plan to your Thesis Committee. In addition, throughout your research degree, you will be required to undertake skills training via the Doctoral Skills Development Programme.

Students are regularly monitored to ensure that they are making good progress, and that supervisory arrangements are satisfactory to both the student and supervisor. Once the student has completed their research and submitted their thesis, they have a viva (an oral exam) with two examiners.

The PhD programme is expected to be completed over five years for part time students. Upon successful completion of your approved period of registration you may register as a completing research student (CRS) if you are not ready to submit your thesis at this point.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690 £2,845
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,500 £13,230

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

Your research degree may be subject to an Additional Fee Element (AFE). The AFE (also known as bench fees) is an additional cost, incurred by yourself or your sponsor. It is levied to cover the costs related to consumables, equipment and materials etc. which are not included in the tuition fee. As each research project is unique in nature, the AFE is calculated on a student by student basis and is determined by your academic supervisor.

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

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

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

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