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Integrative Cardiovascular Science

Fully funded BHF Four Year PhD Studentships in Integrative Cardiovascular Science

Start Date: September 2022
Application Deadline: 5pm on 5th December 2021

We are seeking applications from outstanding graduates to become the next generation of interdisciplinary cardiovascular scientists. Cardiovascular disease remains the most serious medical challenge we face, accounting for over 17 million deaths per year (30% of all deaths) worldwide. At least the same number of people each year survive heart attacks and strokes, requiring ongoing clinical care. The potential benefits to society of discoveries in cardiovascular science are enormous.

However, major breakthroughs are unlikely to come from a single discipline, but rather from interdisciplinary science that integrates people, methods, data and knowledge from different disciplines. This is the basis of Cardiovascular Science in Bristol, and the ethos of our 4-Year PhD studentship programme in Integrative Cardiovascular Science, which spans our world-class strengths in discovery biology, clinical science and population health, and incorporates our innovative strengths in bioengineering and digital health.

If you are accepted on to the programme you will benefit from a vibrant and collegiate research environment, cross-disciplinary supervision from world-leading researchers and our cutting-edge interdisciplinary training programme.

The Programme

Successful applicants will enrol on a 1+3 year PhD course, with the first year providing unique opportunities to develop a firm foundation in cardiovascular research across the disciplines. This first year includes two 4-month research projects complemented by a set of short training courses in practical and analytical skills. The training and research that you undertake will be tailored to develop the skills needed for your subsequent 3 year main project.

Your choice of final 3 year project will be made during the recruitment process (if shortlisted for interview) so that your project direction is clear from the outset, enabling you to get the most from the training year. Example project titles and further information on the programme is available on our website.

PhD projects will be cross-disciplinary and involve at least two Principal Investigators from different disciplines. Additional research and transferable skills training will be offered by the programme, as will competitive funds for travel to conferences and workshops. This multi-disciplinary approach to training offers an exciting opportunity for you to build a unique set of interdisciplinary skills in areas of high demand.

Stanley Buffonge

“The challenging nature of my research has allowed me to develop an innovative mind and the programme has strengthened both my academic and professional skills.” – Stanley Buffonge

Kurt Taylor

“This 1 + 3 year BHF studentship has provided me with rigorous training in cardiovascular science with a particular focus on Epidemiology. I feel confident and excited as I now look to transition into a postdoctoral researcher.” – Kurt Taylor

Andri Christodoulou

“The best thing about being part of a 4-year programme is the substantial skills and techniques learnt in the first year so that I was ready to start my PhD.” – Andri Christodoulou

Audrys Pauza

“With a vibrant research community, access to the state-of-the-art equipment and generous funding – my only concern was to focus on the next big discovery.” – Audrys Pauza

Funding and eligibility

  • Students will have, or expect to obtain, a degree equivalent to at least a UK upper second class undergraduate degree, or an MSc with merit or distinction, in a relevant subject area including; medical sciences, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, bioengineering, genetics, epidemiology, imaging, bioinformatics, mathematics and computing.

Current first year stipend rates are £19,919 per annum. This is a tax-free sum, paid in arrears and not subject to any deductions. Tuition fees as well as research costs are covered for the 4 years of the programme.

Tuition fees are covered by the BHF to UK rate. For applicants who are not eligible for UK Fees, the applicant will need to identify an additional funding source to cover the difference between UK and overseas fees.

Application process

Please apply for admission here and select 'Faculty of Life Sciences', and ‘BHF 4-year PhD studentship’. Please ensure you upload a CV and a covering letter outlining your interests in cardiovascular research, and in particular why you are interested in this interdisciplinary programme. We also ask that you list at least two referees.

Please use your covering letter (max 2 sides A4) to (a) describe your interests in cardiovascular research, (b) summarise your research experience, (c) explain why the Integrative Cardiovascular Science PhD programme is of interest to you and (d) what you would hope to have achieved in 4 years.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are likely to be held in February 2022.

If you would like any clarification or further information on this programme, please contact us:

Sue Summerill
Graduate Administration Manager/ DTE Administrator

BHF Four Year PhD Studentships in Integrative Cardiovascular Science

You are welcome to get in touch with potential PhD supervisors if you would like to find out more about our research opportunities.