Integrative Cardiovascular Science (BHF)
We are seeking applications from outstanding graduates who are motivated to become the next generation of interdisciplinary cardiovascular scientists. Students on this programme benefit from a vibrant and collegiate environment, as well as cutting-edge interdisciplinary training.
Successful applicants will enrol on a 1+3 year PhD course, with the first year providing unique opportunities to develop a firm foundation in cardiovascular research across the disciplines. This first year includes two four-month research projects aimed at delivering advanced practical training in areas that underpin your subsequent three-year main project.
Your choice of final three-year project will be made during the recruitment process so that your project direction is clear from the outset. The Faculty of Life Sciences website contains some example project titles.
PhD projects will be cross-disciplinary and involve at least two principal investigators from different disciplines. Additional research and transferable skills training will be offered by the programme, along with competitive funds for travel to conferences and workshops.
Find out more about the supervisors on the BHF 4-year PhD in Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences programme.
The first year will provide the training and expertise required for your main project, which takes place in years two to four.
- a comprehensive four-week induction;
- two four-month mini-projects individually tailored to your training needs and interests;
- a final three-month block spent developing and refining the project proposal for the main PhD project in consultation with your supervisory team.
Years two to four:
This will comprise the main project, co-supervised by individuals from across at least two disciplines of fundamental biology, clinical science and population health. There will be regular opportunities to present your work, both in Bristol and beyond, and regular points of interaction with other members of your cohort of students on the BHF programme, as well as other similar programmes in the University of Bristol.
A first or upper-second class honours degree in a biomedical science discipline or a closely related discipline (for example medical sciences, genetics, imaging, mathematics, computing).
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.Go to admissions statement
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £4,758 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £26,000 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2024/25
This programme is fully funded by the BHF. The BHF provides funding to cover PhD programme fees at the UK student rate only. This is a tax-free sum and not subject to any deductions. Tuition fees as well as research costs are covered for the four years of the programme.
Applications are welcomed from international students but please be aware that if successful you will need to cover the difference between overseas and UK fees.
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
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.