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British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence 4-year MRes+PhD studentships

British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence
4-year MRes+PhD studentships at King’s College London

Call for Applications for PhD studentships in Cardiovascular Sciences commencing 2020-21

The King’s College London British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Research Excellence offers an outstanding environment for cardiovascular research training. It includes a large number of internationally rated investigators whose expertise encompasses a broad range of cardiac and vascular biomedicine. The School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences is a core constituent of the BHF Centre and it contributed to King’s College London REF2014 submission for Clinical Medicine (UoA 1), which was ranked 1st in terms of the proportion of the submission that was rated at 4* (world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour) or 3* (internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour) across the UK.

We have four studentships available on our prestigious 4-year MRes+PhD programme to commence in late September 2020. The programme aims to impart a broad understanding of the fundamental biology of the cardiovascular system, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying disorders of this system, and multi-disciplinary approaches towards the development of novel interventions for the amelioration of such disorders. We believe that it is especially important for the students progressing through this programme to develop an integrated approach that allows them to use a range of complementary methods and techniques to address focused questions. These objectives are achieved through a combination of research mini-projects, workshops and a library project in Year 1, leading to the award of an MRes in Cardiovascular Sciences, followed by a specialised 3-year PhD project in Years 2-4 that is complemented by additional graduate training activities. All principal supervisors on the programme have a strong track record of publications, grant income and successful supervision.

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To be eligible for consideration, applicants must possess, or be expected to achieve, a 1st or good upper 2nd class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Where applicants have (or expect to obtain) an MSc degree, a distinction or merit is required.

British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence 4-year MRes+PhD studentships

The studentships provide a generous stipend (currently £22,278 in Year 1 for London-based students) and cover full-time tuition fee cost at the Home/EU rate. Exceptional candidates who qualify as International Students will be considered, if in possession of documented support to cover the tuition fee, the differential between the Home/EU and International rates (estimated in the region of £18,000 per annum).


To apply, please visit the King’s Apply website and follow the steps outlined below – PLEASE NOTE that applications can only be submitted online at the King’s Apply website from 1 October 2019:

  • Register a new account and login.
  • Open a new application.
  • Select the programme:
    1. Select ‘Taught programmes’
    2. Enter ‘Cardio’, then Search
    3. Select: ‘Cardiovascular Sciences MRes/PhD 1+3 (Full-Time)’. Your application cannot be considered if submitted under the incorrect programme
  • Complete and submit your application noting the following:
    1. Supporting Statement – ensure you include a personal statement (but NOT a research proposal) and either copy this into the pre-defined box or upload to the website.
    2. References – these do not need to be received by the closing date; however, they will be required by the interview date if you are invited.
    3. Funding – select drop-down ‘4. Grant Awarding Body’. For the award status, select 'Advertised Scholarship' and in the box marked ‘Ref No.:’, please enter: ‘BHF4YR20’.

The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 6th November 2019. Interviews are expected to be held in the week starting the 25th of November. For successful applicants, the programme will commence at the end of September 2019.

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