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4 year PhD in Cardiovascular Science

   BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science

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  Prof Matthew Bailey  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The University of Edinburgh invites applications for a 4-year PhD programme in Cardiovascular Science. Research is focused on identifying causative mechanisms of cardiovascular disease. Students are training the The Centre for Cardiovascular Science, which is a British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence.

We offer 1 studentship to start in September 2023

Research environment: Our Research is investigator-led and based around four interlocking disease themes: Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes, Cardiovascular Injury, Repair & Regeneration; Hypertension & Renal Disease; Cardiometabolic Imaging and Data Science. Supported by excellent core research facilities, our experimental strategy spans molecular genetics, cell biology, in vivo physiology and experimental medicine. 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 in Cardiovascular Biology, incorporating core research-skills training across three 12-week project. Small-group tutorials, led by our clinical and scientific Pis are used to highlight 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. Mandatory Student Led, Individually Created Courses (SLICCs) also allow students to gain credits for reflective/experiential training through understanding and interaction with other BHF-related activities such as public outreach, funding strategy, business development and epidemiological/societal impact of heart and circulatory disease.

PhD project: Project matching is a student-driven process and takes place towards the end of the first year. The experience gained during the first year enables each student to make an informed choice of research area/supervisory team, supported in this process by the Programme Director, Professor Matt Bailey. The PhD is undertaken from years 2-4 of the Programme and is distinct from the Masters.

Candidates: will be promising and motivated students wishing to develop a career in cardiovascular research. Applicants 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, computational science and related disciplines that lend their expertise to the pursuit of the BHFs aims to address the burden of heart and circulatory disease. Previous research experience is desirable. It is expected that students will be informed about research within the Centre’s themes and be able to articulate interest in specific research areas. 

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 (Home/EU 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 funded by the PhD programme.


Application: 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
Centre for Cardiovascular Science
The Queen’s Medical Research Institute
47 Little France Crescent,
Edinburgh, EH16 4TJ. Tel: +44(0) 131 242 6724
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