MRes and PhD studentshipsThe principal aim of the BHF Centre of Research Excellence is to train cardiovascular scientists of the future in ways that expose them to scientific disciplines that have not been traditionally associated with cardiovascular science. We aim to foster cross-disciplinary research and teaching of the highest quality that exploits the world-class reputation of Imperial College’s scientists and clinicians in biomedicine, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences. We aim to recruit internationally competitive individuals to our MRes/PhD training programme.

The BHF Centre Directors and participating investigators have extensive experience as leaders of innovative training platforms in relevant areas such as Molecular Cardiology, Chemical Biology, Mathematical Modeling for Haemodynamics, and Walport Clinical Academic Fellowships and Lectureships. The BHF Centre of Research Excellence further enhances Imperial College London as a globally competitive destination for cardiovascular research training.

4-year MRes/PhD Studentships within the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence


ICB CDT & British Heart Foundation co-funded studentships

Applications are invited for six studentships starting in October 2017. The studentships are jointly funded by the Institute of Chemical Biology Centre for Doctoral Training (ICB CDT) and the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence. Each studentship will include tuition fees and stipend for one year MRes, followed by a three year PhD, subject successful completion of the MRes. 

Project titleDownload project description
1. Imaging flow induced micromechanical changes in vascular endothelial cell membranes ICB CDT & BHF 2017 - Studentship 1
2. Biophysical and structural characterization of the interaction between the Popeye domain containing 1 (POPDC1) protein and small molecule ligands – towards a treatment for atrial fibrillation ICB CDT & BHF 2017 - Studentship 2
3. A mass spectrometry and chemical biology approach to dissecting the molecular basis of Tissue Factor regulation via post-translational modifications of RNA-binding proteins ICB CDT & BHF 2017 - Studentship 3
4. Developing artificial cells for delivering drug molecules to micro-engineered heart tissue ICB CDT & BHF 2017 - Studentship 4
5. Video-rate volumetric light sheet microscopy for studying the interaction of induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes with mature cardiac tissue ICB CDT & BHF 2017 - Studentship 5
6. Predictive modelling of ICAM-1 repression by Erg; Designing therapeutic Erg mimetics using computational modelling ICB CDT & BHF 2017 - Studentship 6
Please note: the information presented here is correct at time of publishing , but is subject to change.
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Entry requirements

Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain, a first-class or upper second-class degree in the physical sciences, or will have obtained more than 50% of their course credits from physical sciences modules, from a recognised academic institution. 

These studentships are restricted to UK students. Non-UK and non-EU students are welcome to apply if they are able to self-fund the four-year programme. 

  • UK students are defined as having the settled status in the UK (no restrictions on how long they can stay), and having been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship, as well as, for non-EU nationals, not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education

  • Exception: we do have a small studentship proportion for EU nationals that have not been ordinarily residing in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship, however, these are extremely competitive and once filled, you may be turned down based on your fee status (EU fee status)

ICB CDT and National Heart & Lung Institute co-funded studentship

Project title: Microfluidic Single Cell Analysis Technology incorporating single molecule detection for Non-Invasive Monitoring/Detection of Protein Changes in COPD Patients.

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How to apply

You may want to first explore the 'Guidance on how to apply' section, which explains the process of applying to Imperial College. Thereafter, please apply for these studentships via the 'apply online now' button which will take you to the official Imperial College application site. Select the F1ICB programme in the Postgraduate Programme Search [Chemical Biology: Multi-Disciplinary Physical Scientists (1plus3) (MRes 1YFT + PhD 3YFT)|F1ICB|1|SK|FT|CN)]

Please clearly indicate in the Supporting Document section and Personal Statement, which studentship (or several) you are applying to.