How to apply


1. Identify a supervisor

The first step is to identify and contact a supervisor and define a research project. Applications without a named supervisor will not be considered. Please read through the research interests of our Department.


2. Complete the online application form

All applicants are assessed through an online application process by our admissions team. If you need guidance to complete the form please see applying.  

Enter the correct course code
Course  Attendance mode  Code 
 PhD  FT A3Z1DH Clinical Medicine Research (National Heart and Lung Institute) FT
 PhD  PT A3Z1DH Clinical Medicine Research (National Heart and Lung Institute) PT
 MD (Res)  FT A3P1DH Clinical Medicine Research (National Heart and Lung Institute) MD(Res) FT  
 MD (Res)  PT A3P1DH Clinical Medicine Research (National Heart and Lung Institute) MD(Res) PT   
Phd or MD(Res) College Staff

A3Z1DH Clinical Medicine Research (National Heart and Lung Institute) PT

A3P1DH Clinical Medicine Research (National Heart and Lung Institute) MD(Res) PT

*Staff-students must select "Staff Research Students" option on the first page of the application


3. Provide referees

You will be asked to provide the contact details of two referees in your application. Once your application is received, they will be sent a link via which they can submit their references for you. You will be able to see the status of your reference on ‘Apply Imperial’ and should follow up outstanding references as this could delay your application.

Please note, you must provide referees’ professional email addresses (a gmail or hotmail account, for example, is not acceptable). Also, you cannot use your proposed supervisor(s) as a referee.


What happens to my application?

Your application is assessed for eligibility by the Medicine Admissions team in the College When this has been confirmed, the application is forwarded on to the Department for consideration. Once in the Department there are several steps to the application:

1. The proposed supervisor(s) must confirm that they are happy to consider you and they will then arrange an interview. This will be with at least one of your proposed supervisors and an independent interviewer, normally one of the Postgraduate Tutors from NHLI.

2. The applicant and proposed supervisor(s) must complete the Registration form for higher degrees (WORD), detailing the proposed project, funding, start date and supervisory package.

3. The applicant will normally need to submit a 2-4 page Research Proposal for assessment before an offer will be made. This should be prepared by the applicant with input from the supervisor(s). You can see our guide on writing a research proposal for advice - Research proposal guide (WORD).

Only when approval is received from the Director of Postgraduate Studies can your application be accepted by the Department.

The Admissions Team at College will then process your offer; this may be conditional on you meeting certain conditions.


Are you a member of staff?

Staff who are employed by Imperial College also have to complete the online application form. The processes are the same as outlined above. However, you will also need to upload a copy of your current contract with your application. As a member of staff, you are entitled to a discounted rate of fees for the period of time that your contact covers. If your contract does not cover the entirety of your study period, then you will be asked for a new contract when your original one ends. If this cannot be provided, you will revert to full student fees.

Please note, staff completing research degrees will be registered as part-time, however will follow full-time milestones unless you specifically ask to take a part-time degree (i.e. following part-time milestones). NHLI will expect all students to spend at least 50% of their time working towards their degree.

It is possible to backdate your start date by a maximum of three months under two conditions -

  1. Applications will not be backdated further than your original application date.
  2. Applications cannot be backdated across the Census date of 1 December.