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UCL British Heart Foundation 4-Year PhD Studentships

British Heart Foundation 4 year PhD Studentships

UCL Department / Division: UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science

Duration of Studentship: 4 years


This four-year PhD programme provides an exciting opportunity for outstanding graduates with an interest in any aspect of cardiovascular disease. We are particularly keen to encourage graduates from a wide range of disciplines, such as engineering, data science or epidemiology to apply. A four-year programme offers a broader and deeper research training opportunity and, in addition, facilitates moving from other disciplines in a way that would not be possible on a three-year PhD scheme. UCL is a world-class centre of excellence in cardiovascular research and medicine, where over 400 cardiovascular scientists and cardiologists undertake basic, clinical and population-based research to improve our understanding of disease and provide new diagnostics, therapies and preventative strategies.

Four studentships are awarded annually by the British Heart Foundation. The first year of the programme provides postgraduate-level tuition in selected relevant topics, training in transferable research skills, and the opportunity to undertake three 12-week research projects, working with different cardiovascular scientists across UCL. These projects provide a basis for you to select a doctoral project and supervisors. During your PhD thesis research, you will be encouraged to present your work at international meetings, and funds will be made available for this. A generous consumables allowance is provided across the studentship.

PhD projects will cover the entire range of activity across the UCL campus, and so applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with our research. As a postgraduate research student within the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science, you will have the opportunity to connect with cardiovascular scientists, and to form links with researchers in engineering, epidemiology, chemistry and genetics. You will gain skills suitable for a career in research, the pharmaceutical industry or related fields.

Funding and Eligibility

Each student receives a stipend based on standard BHF rates (approximately £22,278 in years 1 & 2, increasing in years 3 & 4) and tuition fees are covered at the UCL home (UK/EEA) rate. Non-EEA applicants must show evidence of their ability to cover the difference between home and overseas fees for the duration of study and will also need to satisfy UKBA visa requirements. Applicants should hold a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree (or overseas equivalent) in an appropriate subject, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. Good spoken and written English is expected.


Details on how to apply can be found here.

General enquiries can be emailed to [email protected]

Shortlisted applicants will be invited via email to attend an interview at UCL. Please note that UCL cannot cover expenses for attendance.

Application deadline: Friday 13th December 2019

Proposed interview date: w/c Monday 13th January 2020

UCL British Heart Foundation 4-Year PhD Studentships

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