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Cardiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

We have 74 Cardiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

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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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

In the game for life: Lifelong welfare, education and support for rugby players

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 3-year PhD to commence in October 2024. . The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science and Health and the candidate will join the Physical Activity, Health and Rehabilitation Thematic Research Group. Read more

The Role of Reactive Sulfur Species in the Ageing Heart

Second Supervisor. Prof Melanie Madhani, University of Birmingham. Background . Ageing is a natural and complex biological process that involves the gradual deterioration of cells, tissues, and organ systems over time, thus leading to an increased susceptibility to diseases and mortality. Read more
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Association of von Willebrand factor genetic variation and levels with cardiovascular disease outcomes

Association of von Willebrand factor genetic variation and levels with cardiovascular disease outcomes. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the second most common cause of death in the UK and therefore a significant disease burden. Read more
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Thyroid hormone regulation of heart rate and cardiac function.

Thyroid hormones are key endogenous regulators of heart rate and contractility. Low levels of thyroid hormones in the blood result in a slow heart rate and reduced contractility and this is evident in hypothyroidism. Read more
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Unravelling NAFLD-Driven Cardiovascular Dysfunction: Insights from iPSC-Derived Cardiomyocytes and Hepatocytes

Liver disease accounts for 3.5% of all global deaths/year (~2 million people) and is the third leading cause of premature death in the UK with some of the highest hospitalisations in the country seen in areas of socioeconomic deprivation. Read more
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Is remote ischaemic conditioning the next important treatment in hypertension?

Remote ischaemic conditioning (rIC) is a phenomenon where short periods of ischaemia imparted to an organ or a limb can protect the heart, brain or kidney’s from damage caused by more sustained ischaemic insults. Read more
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Bench-to-‘digital’-bedside: Understanding cerebrovascular blood flow through experimental and mathematical models

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability in the western world. The incidence of CVD is increasing together with an increasing epidemic of obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Read more

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