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BHF Accelerator Interdisciplinary PhD studentships

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for this programme.

In recognition of our research excellence in Integrative Physiology, the British Heart Foundation has awarded the University £1 million to accelerate our interdisciplinary science to world-leading status.

The British Heart Foundation Accelerator in Integrative Physiology will draw on innovative methods from diverse fields to improve the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

To help us achieve this vision, we will train a group of researchers to be fluent in multiple scientific disciplines, and apply their skills to solve the challenges facing cardiovascular science.

With matched investment from the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, we are excited to offer eight fully-funded studentships at Manchester.

About the studentships

We will offer a portfolio of projects spanning our three research priorities of cardiovascular genetics and development, cardiovascular physiology, and hypertension and its consequences.

You will be provided with a supervisor from cardiovascular sciences and at least one co-supervisor from a divergent field to provide a stimulating training environment.

The non-traditional approach of these studentships will support projects that do not fall within the remit of our existing BHF 4-year PhD programme.

Applicants must be from the UK/EU and should hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum Upper Second undergraduate degree in a related subject area and, if applicable, a merit or distinction in their master's. The funding covers tuition fees, consumables and stipend at the BHF rate for three years.

How to apply

You will need to choose one or two projects of interest before you apply. See a list of the projects currently available for a September 2020 start.

For full instructions on how to apply, including the required documents to include with your application, see the How to apply page.

How to apply

Application closing date: See the pages for specific projects for application deadlines.

Contact us

If you have any queries, please contact the Doctoral Academy Admissions team:


Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5608