Our British Heart Foundation (BHF) 4-year PhD programme provides tailored doctoral training for postgraduate students with an interest in cardiovascular sciences. Six 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.
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.
See the programme structure page for details of what you will cover and how you will be assessed.
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.
"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 home/EU rate, associated research expenses and an annual tax-free stipend (currently £19,919).
Exceptional candidates who qualify as international students will be considered, but must pay the extra overseas fees themselves.
Evidence of available funds to cover the difference between overseas and home fees for the duration of the four-year programme (approximately £16,000 per annum) must be provided by the application closing date.
Making an application
Applicants for the 4-year PhD programme should hold (or expect to obtain) a minimum Upper Second class degree or equivalent in an associated biomedical/biological sciences subject. Due to the nature of the funding, candidates must be UK/EU nationals.
If you wish to be considered for a British Heart Foundation PhD studentship and meet our eligibility criteria, you must complete a single online application.
Full details on eligibility and residence criteria are available on the How to apply page.
Please follow our instructions on how to apply for an British Heart Foundation PhD programme.
Information on our 2019 programmes will be updated in due course.
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.
Queries regarding the application process can be sent to the Doctoral Academy Admissions Office.
Please contact the Doctoral Academy.
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5608
Enquiries about the programme should be emailed to the BHF PhD Programme Director.
Dr Elizabeth Cartwright