PhD Integrative Cardiovascular Science

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

Programme details

The programme will provide an opportunity to work at the interfaces between at least two disciplines.

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.


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 only. Tuition fees as well as research costs are covered for the four years of the programme. Further details about funding.

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Closing date 30 November 2023

An awesome, well-organised, well-funded programme that promotes inter-disciplinary in cardiovascular sciences and of course, Bristol itself – it’s the place to be.

Audrys Pauza

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.

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

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