Research course

Integrative Cardiovascular Science (BHF)

University of Bristol · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

DTE Administrator
+44 (0) 117 374 6625