PhD Integrative Cardiovascular Science Studentship Programme

Training the next generation of cardiovascular research leaders to produce significant impact for patient benefit and population health.

An interdisciplinary, four-year, graduate programme

This programme will train the next generation of cardiovascular research leaders. You will learn how to apply the latest research methodology, techniques and knowledge to help patients and the wider public. You will receive inter-disciplinary training from epidemiological, clinical, biological and translational experts across the University and the NHS, addressing important challenges of cardiovascular disease.

During your PhD, you will learn a variety of cutting edge techniques as well as attend a range of taught modules, particularly in year one.

Programme details

What is integrative cardiovascular science?

Bristol is equipped with world-class inter-disciplinary discovery science, covering:

  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Cardiovascular physiology
  • Biochemistry and pharmacology)
  • Clinical science (particularly academic cardiac surgery)
  • Population health (using genetic and epidemiological approaches to understand the causes of common disease traits).

This programme lets you specialise in at least two of the above areas, ensuring your training crosses scientific disciplines. You will complete your PhD training and graduate with a multidisciplinary set of skills for an ambitious career in cardiovascular science. This training requires a longer dedicated training period, and a novel, specially-designed programme.

Why study integrative cardiovascular science in Bristol?

Understanding the biology and medicine of the cardiovascular system now requires approaches that cross-bridge disciplines. Bristol is uniquely equipped for interdisciplinary training, since the programme will be supported by a range of world-class resources and expertise. These include:

  • World-leading academic cardiac surgery unit
  • NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in cardiovascular medicine
  • MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit
  • ALSPAC and other large cohort resources
  • Wolfson Bioimaging facility (for molecular, cellular and small animal model organisms)
  • Translational Biomedical Research Centre operating at NHS standards (for in vivo longitudinal studies)
  • Pre-clinical microPET/CT for in vivo evaluations in mouse/rat at the PETIC centre (Cardiff)
  • Clinical Research Imaging Centre (for human imaging and mechanistic cardiovascular studies)

Projects provide the opportunity to combine the very latest molecular and cellular level techniques, with clinical and populational approaches. Supervisors are from a range of Schools within the University, including Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Clinical Sciences and Social Sciences and Community Medicine.

Bristol is also a fantastic place to live with a lively cardiovascular science community.


This programme is fully-funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The BHF provides funding to cover PhD programme fees at UK/EU student rate, research expenses, a generous stipend for living expenses and a contribution towards travel. Further information on fees and funding.

Information for international students.

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