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Cardiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students in the UK

We have 31 Cardiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students in the UK

A PhD in Cardiology gives you the chance to lead your own research project that will further our current understanding of cardiovascular sciences.

Whether you are modelling blood motion in deformable vessels, identifying platelet interactions to prevent cancer, or understanding cardiovascular risk in patients with kidney disease, you will be aiming to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Cardiology?

Doing a PhD in Cardiology you will become proficient in the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio which spans genetics and development, experimental cardiology, vascular biology, and clinical research, as well as healthcare evaluation, implementation, and policy.

Some typical research topics in Cardiology include:

  • cardiac and vascular electrophysiology
  • heart failure and arrhythmias
  • cardiovascular genetics and development
  • obesity
  • stroke
  • imaging and regenerative therapy

Typical Cardiology PhD research projects take between three and four years to complete.

To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam.

PhD in Cardiology entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Cardiology usually involve a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may also need some professional experience in Cardiology, depending on the programme.

PhD in Cardiology funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Cardiology are funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), which provides a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached.

It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Cardiology (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you are considering a part-time PhD in Cardiology, it may also be worth asking your employer if they are happy to sponsor you. 

PhD in Cardiology careers

Depending on your area of interest, you could take up an academic, postdoctoral, or clinical role in the public and private sectors and work with colleagues in imaging, regenerative medicine, genetics, and epidemiology to name a few.

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Uncovering the fundamental mechanisms of cardiac differentiation from human stem cells

Heart diseases, adult and congenital, are a major burden to health in the UK and we urgently need new ways to treat them. Stem cells offer hope by providing a means to make contracting heart muscle cells “in a dish”, and therefore a way to study these diseases in the lab. Read more

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

The programme is held by the University/British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science. Research is investigator-led and based around key themes. Read more

Unravelling mechanisms of drug-induced myocarditis using human cardiovascular-chip models integrated with immune cells

The 4-year PhD project aims to address an important and challenging knowledge gap concerning new therapeutic modalities, such as monoclonal antibodies and cell therapies, that can potentially induce cardiac toxicity in the clinic (i.e., inflammatory cardiomyopathy and myocarditis). Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - Artificial Intelligence Augmentation of the Paper ECG

  Research Group: Centre for Cardiovascular Science
Background. An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a non-invasive and widely available investigative modality which provides clinicians with important temporal and anatomic data about the heart’s electrical activity. Read more

Modelling cardiac function in healthy hearts and diabetes

Additional Supervisor. Prof Susan Francis, University of Nottingham. There is a global pandemic of type-2 diabetes. Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a well-recognised complication, which manifests with early alterations in left ventricular (LV) structure and function. Read more

Multimodal data integration to identify novel therapeutic targets for treatment-resistant hypertension

  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences
Hypertension (high blood pressure) effects one in three adults and is the number one cause of stroke in Northern Ireland. Treatment-resistant hypertension (TRH) relates to hypertensive patients taking three or more antihypertensive medications. Read more

The Role of Reactive Sulfur Species in the Ageing Heart

Second Supervisor. Prof Melanie Madhani, University of Birmingham. Background . Ageing is a natural and complex biological process that involves the gradual deterioration of cells, tissues, and organ systems over time, thus leading to an increased susceptibility to diseases and mortality. Read more

In the game for life: Lifelong welfare, education and support for rugby players

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 3-year PhD to commence in October 2024. . The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science and Health and the candidate will join the Physical Activity, Health and Rehabilitation Thematic Research Group. Read more

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