Research course

Cardiovascular Science

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 a medical degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. Fourth-year medical students wanting to undertake an intercalated MSc will also be considered.

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 and is consistently ranked in the top 10. UCL is London’s global university, welcoming students from around the world. Set in the heart of London, the campus offers exposure to many different disciplines. UCL has one of the largest and most dynamic cardiovascular research bases in the UK. The UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science was set up in 2011 to establish a preeminent centre for cardiovascular research. The academic staff have international reputations and, with links to Yale and other major universities, ICS provides a stimulating academic setting.

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) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

There are four competitive British Heart Foundation four-year PhD positions which students can apply for. Additional three-year British Heart Foundation and Research Council studentships and fellowships are occasionally available for MPhil/PhD students.

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Mrs Joanna Pajerska
+44 (0)20 3108 2354