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MPhil Cardiovascular (Research Division)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

20000 GBP
4600 GBP
4600 GBP

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Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

REF2014: Ranked first in the United Kingdom for Clinical Medicine, in terms of the proportion of our overall submission that was ranked 4* or 3* (Unit of Assessment 1 – Clinical Medicine).

Research income: £32m including substantial funding from the MRC, BBSRC, BHF, Wellcome Trust, EU and other organisations

Current number of staff: 50 principal investigators

Current number of research students: 65 PhD, 6 MDRes, 4 MRes

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Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in a relevant subject (or overseas equivalent). A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters degree with Merit or above. 

The Cardiovascular Research Division is generally only able to accept students on funded studentships, which are usually advertised and appointed competitively. For further information please contact the Admissions Office Postgraduate (Health) team at [email protected]


Enhanced criminal conviction check Please note that research programmes within the School of Medicine may sometimes require a criminal conviction check depending on the particular topic/method of research.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL-IBT: 92

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Course Modules


Diseases of the heart and circulatory system are the most common cause of mortality in the UK. Over 50 per cent of these deaths (140,000) are from coronary heart disease (CHD) and 25 per cent from stroke, with other causes including heart failure, cardiomyopathy and thromboembolic disorders. Cardiovascular disease also causes substantial morbidity. It is the mission of the Cardiovascular Division to pursue integrated laboratory-to-bedside research programmes that improve the understanding of human cardiovascular disease and its treatment.

One of our central principles is to adopt a multidisciplinary integrative approach using in vitro methods and in vivo models, with a strong focus on translational research and the clinical/basic science interface. The division integrates the main research-active cardiovascular groups within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. In addition, we have strong collaborations and interactions with colleagues in other groupings such as the Randall Division (structural biology, imaging, biophysics) and the Division of Imaging Sciences.

We have been designated a British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence.

Qualification for principal investigator (PI) status within the division requires a sustained track record of high quality publications, significant peer-reviewed grant income, and a proven commitment to the supervision and training of graduate students.

Our overall research strategy is:

To pursue laboratory-to-bedside research programmes addressing fundamental molecular, cellular, physiological and pathological mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease both experimentally and in patients and to undertake high-quality research training of non-clinicians and clinician scientists side by side.

We have a broad range of complementary basic and clinical research expertise, including the use of integrated state-of-the-art approaches to the study of cardiovascular biology and disorders. The vast majority of divisional research laboratories are housed in newly refurbished accommodation and have excellent equipment and facilities.

Course study environment

The Division has two major sites, namely the James Black Centre at the Denmark Hill Campus and the Rayne Institute at St Thomas' Hospital. We also have a section focusing on biophysics that is embedded within the multi-divisional environment of the Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics at Guy's Campus as well as a section at Waterloo Campus.

All sites have excellent laboratory facilities and infrastructure, a critical mass of complementary multidisciplinary expertise, and unparalleled opportunities for clinical interaction and access to clinical material.

Postgraduate training

Excellent training opportunities in most areas of cardiovascular biology.

Head of group/division

Professor Ajay Shah

Contact for information

For general enquiries, please contact Stephanie Hann on +44(0)20 7848 0263. For specific enquiries regarding research and training opportunities, please contact the most appropriate investigator from those listed on our divisional web pages.

Contact email

[email protected], [email protected]

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How to Apply

Application procedure

Studentships will be advertised in Nature Jobs, findaphd.com, the King's Health Schools Studentships webpage or on jobs.ac.uk 

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by at least two academics. Proposed research projects must be approved by the Divisional Postgraduate Co-ordinator, Head of Division and School Postgraduate Research Committee before an offer can be made.


Students interested in the Joint PhD programme with the University of Göttingen are encouraged to contact the department before submitting an application and refer to the information on the department’s website.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide your reasons for choosing your proposed PhD project and any other additional information in support of your application.

Course intake

No set number, dependent upon funding from external bodies.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is detailed below for 2016 and 2017 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

April 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 19th February 2016 for UK/EU and international students.

July 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 20th May 2016 for UK/EU and international students.

September 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 29th July 2016 for international students and 2nd September 2016 for UK/EU students.

January 2017 entry - Application deadline will be on the 31st October 2016 for international students and 2nd December 2016 for UK/EU students. 

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