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British Heart Foundation 4-year PhD

Complete an MRes in Year 1 before undertaking innovative PhD training in cardiovascular sciences.

Our British Heart Foundation (BHF) 4-year PhD programme provides tailored doctoral training for postgraduate students with an interest in cardiovascular sciences. Four fully-funded studentships are available annually.

Why undertake a BHF 4-year PhD?

  • Successful completion of the Year 1 will give you an MRes in Cardiovascular Sciences and help you choose the area you want to specialise in for the next three years.
  • Learn from principal investigators with world-leading expertise in the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms underpinning cardiovascular function in health and disease, and translation to the clinic.
  • Discover how to take novel, interdisciplinary approaches to key research questions to better understand cardiovascular health and disease.
  • Choose from lab projects in areas including functional physiology, cell signalling, human genetics, in vivo disease modelling, informatics, bioengineering, computer modelling, novel delivery mechanisms, omics approaches, structure-function mechanisms, regenerative medicine and imaging.
  • Become an active member of the research group and develop your presentation skills, by participating in seminars, keynote lectures, external conferences and public engagement activities.
2018 student cohort
 

Programme

Taught units are combined with mini research projects in Year 1 to help you develop your knowledge and practical skills in various research methodologies and subject areas. The ultimate goal is to help you choose your final PhD project.

You will receive an MRes in Cardiovascular Sciences at the end of your first year before going on to start your three-year PhD project under supervision.

Structure

See the programme structure page for details of what you will cover and how you will be assessed.

Facilities

Our trainees are based in our core facilities, known as the Biomedical Corridor, which comprises the Core Technology Facility (CTF), AV Hill and Smith Buildings. This means you will be immersed in a thriving environment consisting of flexible lab space, state-of-the-art equipment, conferencing facilities and dedicated write-up areas.

British Heart Foundation four year PhD student Alexandra Njegic

"The programme has provided me with an excellent insight into cardiovascular science and allowed me to tailor a PhD in which I have a genuine interest. In Year 1 you gain so much additional experience, meet new people and gain a broader knowledge of cardiovascular research."

Alexandra Njegic / British Heart Foundation PhD student

Funding and stipend

All entrants into this PhD programme receive prestigious funding through the British Heart Foundation to support their training.

Studentships cover the full MRes and PhD tuition fees at the UK rate, associated research expenses and an annual tax-free stipend (currently £19,919).

International applicant eligibility requirements

We aim to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK.

Funding for this programme will cover UK tuition fees and stipend. However, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants.

These full studentships for international applicants will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates due to the competitive nature of this scheme.

Electrocardiogram
 

Making an application

Applicants for the 4-year PhD programme should hold (or expect to obtain) a minimum Upper Second class degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an associated biomedical/biological sciences subject.

Making an application

Applications for 2023 entry will be accepted from 17 October 2022.

Please follow the information and step-by-step guide on our main How to Apply page. 

Specific details for this programme are noted below.

You must make one separate application for this programme. If you select the incorrect programme your application will not be considered.

Applicants are required to select a supervisor when making an online application. For the purpose of this application process, you are requested to indicate the Programme Director, Professor Elizabeth Cartwright, as the supervisor.

For the funding sources section on the online application form:

  • Select 'Yes' from the drop-down
  • Type of Funding: 'Uni of Manchester Scheme'
  • Awarding Body: BHF PhD Programme
  • Status of Funding – Awarded
  • Funding Covers – Fully Funded
  • Leave the remaining boxes blank

Application deadline: 30 November 2022 (midnight)

Other application information

Key dates

Applications must be submitted by the deadline, as late applications will not be considered.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Application deadline: 30 November 2022 (midnight)
  • Interviews: w/c 9 January 2023

Eligibility

We welcome applications from all backgrounds and seek to create equality of opportunity for all our applicants and postgraduate researchers. See our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion statement.

Applicants for the 4-year PhD programme should hold (or expect to obtain) a minimum Upper Second class degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an associated biomedical/biological sciences subject.

These studentships are available to UK nationals and provide funding for tuition fees and stipend at the BHF stipend rate for four years.

International applicant eligibility requirements

This scheme is open to both UK and international applicants.  We are only able to offer a limited number of full studentships to applicants outside the UK. Therefore, full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality international candidates due to the competitive nature of this scheme, following interview days.

International applicants must ensure they meet the academic eligibility criteria (including English language) before applying. English language requirements can be found on the How to Apply page.

Interviews

Your application will be reviewed by the BHF Recruitment Committee, and if you are shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview.

Contacting us

Queries regarding the application process can be sent to the Doctoral Academy Admissions Office.

Email: admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk


Enquiries about the programme should be emailed to the BHF PhD Programme Director, Professor Elizabeth Cartwright.

Email: bhfphd@manchester.ac.uk

Researcher in the lab
 

Student support

You will be provided with mentoring support from the Programme Director and a personal academic advisor who acts as an independent tutor.

The advisor is invaluable in providing guidance in areas such as approaches to research, techniques, critical analysis and career development. Both the Programme Director and the advisor will be directly involved in supporting you when you are selecting both your mini projects and final PhD project.

 

"I have presented my work at many different conferences across the world."

Maria Petkova / British Heart Foundation PhD student

Contact us

Queries regarding the application process can be sent to the Doctoral Academy Admissions Office.

Please contact the Doctoral Academy.

Email: admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5608

 

Enquiries about the programme should be emailed to the BHF PhD Programme Director, Professor Elizabeth Cartwright.

Email: bhfphd@manchester.ac.uk