Research course

British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Biomedicine

UCL - University College London · Institute of Cardiovascular Science

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject or medical degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised taught Master’s degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Our research is broad, spanning discovery-based laboratory science, clinical translation and experimental medicine, as well as healthcare evaluation, implementation and policy. Cardiovascular research at ICS has an international reputation in device development, cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias, ischaemic preconditioning, imaging and regenerative therapy. We are leaders in the fields of cardiovascular genetics, epidemiology and preventative medicine.

UCL remains one of the world’s leading universities, is consistently ranked in the top 10 and has one of the largest and most dynamic cardiovascular research bases in the UK. ICS was set up in 2011 to establish a preeminent centre for cardiovascular research. Our academic staff have international reputations and with links to Yale and other major universities, ICS provides a stimulating academic setting. This PhD will widen your horizons and bring you in contact with cardiovascular scientists with links to engineering, nanotechnology, chemistry and genetics. This will open doors to a career in research, pharma or aligned fields.

Department specialisms

Arrhythmias Cardiac development Cardiomyopathies Cerebrovascular disease Congenital heart disease Epidemiology Genetics Imaging Ischaemic heart disease Metabolism (diabetes and obesity) Prevention Regenerative therapy Surgery Vascular biology and physiology

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT)
International students
£21,530 (FT)

This programme is fully funded by the British Heart Foundation. Fees are fully covered for the duration of the PhD.

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Mrs Joanna Pajerska
+44 (0)20 3108 2354