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.

Months of entry


Course content

An MPhil/PhD at UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science (ICS) provides you with the opportunity to consider cardiovascular disease from the bench to the bedside. This programme will widen your horizons and bring you in contact with cardiovascular scientists with links to engineering, imaging, anatomy, nanotechnology, chemistry and genetics, creating opportunities in research, pharma or aligned fields.

You will join a PhD programme that supports almost 100 students investigating a range of cardiovascular areas from basic research to clinical and epidemiological research. We welcome students of any religion or social background from all around the world.

This programme offers you the opportunity to join a multidisciplinary research department with experts who focus on a wide range of cardiovascular diseases. 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 focuses on a range of areas, including device development, cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias, ischaemic preconditioning, imaging and regenerative therapy. We also have researchers working in cardiovascular genetics, epidemiology and preventative medicine.

You will be supported to gain a wealth of skills, experience and networking opportunities that are relevant for a wide range of future careers, both within academia and more widely in healthcare, industry and governmental sector.

You will receive direct supervision from world-leading academics based on UCL's campus in the heart of London. All PhD students are supported by supervisory panels of multidisciplinary staff, as well as departmental graduate tutors. In addition, you will be encouraged to present your research at international and local conferences and meetings.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.

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