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The British Heart Foundation 4-year PhD programme in Cardiovascular Science

The British Heart Foundation 4-year PhD programme in Cardiovascular Science

Research environment

The programme is held by the University/British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science. Research is investigator-led and based around key themes: Cardiovascular Injury, Repair & Regeneration; Hypertension & Kidney Disease; Metabolism Obesity and Diabetes, Cardiovascular Data Science; Cardiometabolic Imaging. Based on the BioQuarter campus, research is supported by excellent core research facilities. Our training emphasizes translation and encourages integration of diverse skills in multidisciplinary research projects.

Programme Structure

The first year is a full Masters by Research, providing a core training of research and analytical skills over three projects each hosted by a different research group. This hands-on training is enhanced by Investigator-led tutorials highlighting recent advances in the literature. Workshops to develop transferrable skills, including critical reading, scientific presentation/writing and project planning, as well as research ethics are also a key component of the training. Taught and skills-based elements are credit bearing and innovative Student Led, Individually Created Courses (SLICCs) allow students to gain credits for their experiential training through interaction with other Centre activities such as public outreach, funding strategy, business development and epidemiological/societal impact of heart and circulatory disease.

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You are an innovative and highly motivated scientist that views this programmes as the gateway to a career in cardiovascular research. You will have a BSc (Hons) degree (First or Upper Second class or equivalent) or a Masters qualification (Distinction or Merit) in the biomedical sciences, including (bio)informatics or in related disciplines such as computational science. Previous research experience is desirable. It is expected that you will be informed about our research and be able to articulate interest in specific research areas within our research themes.

We especially encourage applications from non-traditional backgrounds and those from under-represented groups. The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

A generous tax-free stipend, research costs and tuition fees (UK rate) are provided. Scholarships may be available competitively for those classed as International Students (EU and rest of the world). Please verify your fee status with the University's Registry before making your application and consider the potential for visa costs at the outset. Please note: If successful, International Students will need to apply for separate visas for the MScR and PhD programmes within UK government guidelines at the appropriate time and be able to cover National Health Service surcharges. These costs are not covered by the programme.

Enquiries and Information

Please consult or contact Profesor Matthew Bailey -


Please include a one-page personal statement highlighting your motivation for applying to Edinburgh and indicating areas of our research in which you are interested as well as your CV and two academic references. All documents should be sent or emailed to Lynn Meikle -

Closing date: January 15th 2024

Interview date: February 2024