Research course

Cardiovascular Sience

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Months of entry

January, April, September, October

Course content

The Centre for Cardiovascular Science aims to foster and deliver research into the causes, consequences and therapy of the cardiovascular diseases.

We offer postgraduates the opportunity to work within internationally leading research programmes addressing fundamental development and control of the cardiovascular system and the origins and consequences of cardiovascular disease. The work extends from basic laboratory research through to clinical studies.

Six PhD studentships are available in September 2020. Four of these are funded by the British Heart Foundation; two by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. These studentships are aimed at highly motivated candidates with research experience and a strong interest in the cardiovascular research performed within out Centre.

The Centre will also consider self-funded candidates for the PhD in Cardiovascular Science. Such candidates will be expected to have an agreement with one of our Centre’s Principal Investigators to supervise a PhD project before application and will be interviewed by the Postgraduate Director and members of the Postgraduate Committee.

In 2019, the Centre was designated as one of four British Heart Foundation Research Excellence Award (REA) and was awarded £3M over a four-year period, building upon 3 successive major REA investments since 2008.

Major research efforts are directed at:

  • the metabolic syndrome and risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • mechanisms of atheromatous plaque formation and systemic and brain vascular dysfunction
  • renal dysfunction and hypertension
  • development and application of imaging in heart, systemic - and neurovascular diseases
  • exploitation of "Big Data" and e-health science in diabetes and cardiovascular diseases

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Lynn Meikle
+44 (0)131 242 6724