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Cardiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 54 Cardiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Cardiology gives you the chance to lead your own research project that will further our current understanding of cardiovascular sciences.

Whether you are modelling blood motion in deformable vessels, identifying platelet interactions to prevent cancer, or understanding cardiovascular risk in patients with kidney disease, you will be aiming to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Cardiology?

Doing a PhD in Cardiology you will become proficient in the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio which spans genetics and development, experimental cardiology, vascular biology, and clinical research, as well as healthcare evaluation, implementation, and policy.

Some typical research topics in Cardiology include:

  • cardiac and vascular electrophysiology
  • heart failure and arrhythmias
  • cardiovascular genetics and development
  • obesity
  • stroke
  • imaging and regenerative therapy

Typical Cardiology PhD research projects take between three and four years to complete.

To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam.

PhD in Cardiology entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Cardiology usually involve a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may also need some professional experience in Cardiology, depending on the programme.

PhD in Cardiology funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Cardiology are funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), which provides a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached.

It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Cardiology (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you are considering a part-time PhD in Cardiology, it may also be worth asking your employer if they are happy to sponsor you. 

PhD in Cardiology careers

Depending on your area of interest, you could take up an academic, postdoctoral, or clinical role in the public and private sectors and work with colleagues in imaging, regenerative medicine, genetics, and epidemiology to name a few.

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Remote ischaemic conditioning: a novel approach to reduce hypertrophy?

Cardiac hypertrophy is a significant clinical issue. Enlargement of the heart caused by hypertension, injury or other disease, can cause increased muscle mass, increased fibrous tissue and lead to poor function, stiffer hearts and ultimately heart failure. Read more

Exploring regulation of pacemaking ion channels by cytokines

PhD Studentship in Cardiac Electrophysiology. 3-year NHLI-funded PhD post. Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship starting on 1 October 2024 from UK candidates with a Master’s degree (Merit and above) in cardiovascular physiology, immunology or a related discipline. Read more

Investigating a novel exercise intervention in peripheral artery disease

This funded PhD project will be based in the Vascular Physiology Laboratory within the School of Biomedical Sciences. It aims to investigate a novel exercise intervention to improve vascular and functional outcomes in patients with peripheral artery disease. Read more

Old age macrophages? Programming distinct immune behaviours across the lifecourse

The white blood cells known as macrophages are a highly heterogeneous population of cells and this diversity is necessary for their plastic responses to a changing microenvironment and a wide-range of required functions in vivo. Read more

A high throughput system for measuring the mechanical properties of human cardiac tissues

Interested in a rewarding career in bioengineering? Get sponsored to do life-changing research in New Zealand. The mechanical properties of cardiac tissues are often quantified in experiments that manipulate muscle length and measure response parameters such as strain, stress, and stiffness. Read more

Distribution, function, and modulation of sodium and calcium channels in the neuro-cardiac junction

PhD Studentship in “Functional nano-imaging of neuro-cardiac junctions”. 3-year NHLI-funded PhD post. Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship starting on October 2024 from candidates with a Master’s degree (Merit and above) in Biology or a related discipline. Read more

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