Job offer in london British Heart Foundation 4-Year PhD Studentships at University College London


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of global mortality and morbidity. University College London is a world class centre of excellence in cardiovascular research and medicine.  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. The British Heart Foundation continues to support this research by funding a 4-year PhD studentship programme at UCL.

Up to four studentships are awarded annually to outstanding graduates who are interested in all areas of cardiovascular research.  The programme is themed around 4 key cardiovascular research strengths at UCL: Fundamental Biology and Discovery Science; Therapeutic and Diagnostic Innovation; Population Science and Experimental Medicine and Data Science and Health Informatics.  Studentships are hosted by a variety of faculties and institutes, and administered through the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science (ICS). Previous students have taken up PhD projects in fields as diverse as cellular and molecular biology, devices and biomaterials, epidemiology and public health, genetics, nutrition, statistics and computational modelling.

The first year will provide postgraduate level tuition in relevant topics, training in transferable research skills, opportunities to visit research units and three 12-week long rotation projects, which provide a basis for the candidate to select their PhD project and supervisor.  During the 3 years of the PhD project, the primary and secondary supervisors, alongside a dedicated thesis committee, monitor progress of the research until submission.  Students also receive independent support from a personal mentor.  A generous consumables allowance is provided across the 4 years of study.  During their PhD project, students will be strongly encouraged to present their work at international meetings, and funds will be made available specifically for this purpose.

Funding and Eligibility

Each student will receive a stipend based on standard BHF rates (around £22,278 in years 1 & 2, increasing in years 3 & 4) and tuition fees will be covered at the UCL home (UK/EEA) rate.  Non-EEA applicants will need to show evidence of their ability to cover the difference between home and overseas fees (£23,540 for 2018/19) for the duration of study and will also need to satisfy UKBA visa requirements.  Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a 1st class or high upper 2nd class BSc degree, or MSc with merit or distinction.  Excellent spoken and written English is expected.


Details on how to apply can be found here

General enquiries can be emailed to

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

Application deadline: Friday 15th December 2017

Proposed interview date: w/c Monday 15th January 2017


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