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Integrative Cardiovascular Science

Fully funded BHF Four Year PhD Studentships in Integrative Cardiovascular Science

Start Date: September 2020
Application Deadline: Midnight on 8 December 2019

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 method, but rather from science that integrates personnel, results, resources and facilities 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 the world-class strengths we have in discovery biology, clinical science and population health.

We are seeking applications from outstanding graduates who are motivated to become the next generation of interdisciplinary cardiovascular scientists. If you are accepted on to the programme you will benefit from a vibrant and collegiate environment, and the cutting-edge interdisciplinary training that we will provide.

The Programme

Successful applicants will enroll 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 aimed at delivering advanced practical training in areas that underpin 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. 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.

BHF Four Year PhD Studentships in Integrative Cardiovascular Science

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, genetics, imaging, mathematics and computing.
  • These awards will normally only be available to nationals from the UK and EU. The BHF provides funding to cover PhD programme fees at UK/EU student rate only.

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.

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 this interdisciplinary programme, and include two referees.

The deadline for applications will be Midnight on 8 December 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview on 6 February 2020.

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

Sue Summerill
Deputy Student Administration Manager
Faculty of Life Sciences
Graduate School Office
65 St Michael’s Hill
Bristol BS2 8DZ
[email protected]
+44 (0)117 331 1474

BHF Four Year PhD Studentships in Integrative Cardiovascular Science

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