How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate research programme (e.g. a PhD) at NHLI you need to identify and contact a supervisor or apply for a studentship.

You will then need to submit a formal application for admission via Imperial College London's online application site.  If you need guidance to complete the form please see the applying webpages. 

The course code is A3Z1DH for a PhD or A3P1DH for an MD(Res).

You will be asked to provide the contact details of two referees in your application. The reference should indicate your suitability to undertake a PhD or MD(Res). You cannot use your proposed supervisor(s) as referee(s).

Applying for a PhD or MD(Res) at NHLI

Identify a supervisor

The first step is to:

  • identify and contact a supervisor and begin to outline a research project.
  • Or, apply for a studentship.

Please read through the research interests of our Department to find out more about our supervisors and our research.

Applications without a named supervisor will not be considered. 

Complete the online application form

You are assessed for your eligibility to study, by our admissions team, through an online application process. If you need guidance to complete the form please see the applying webpages.  

The course code is A3Z1DH for a PhD or A3P1DH for an MD(Res).

You can choose to study full-time (FT) or part-time (PT):
  • True part-time students are required to complete an ICC-form (doc)‌.
  • All College staff are considered part-time and must select the "Staff Research Students" option on the first page of the application. However, staff-students are still able to follow full-time milestones if their supervisor agrees.
  • NHS employees are also always considered as part-time students.

Part-time devoting more than 80% of time to project = FT milestones

Part-time devoting 50-79% of time to project = True PT milestones

You are not eligible to study if you have less than 50% of your week available to spend on your degree project.

Enter the correct course code
Course  Attendance mode  Code 
 PhD  FT Clinical Medicine Research (National Heart and Lung Institute) – Full Time | A3Z1DH |
 PhD  PT (e.g. NHS staff) Clinical Medicine Research (National Heart and Lung Institute) – Part Time | A3Z1DH |
 MD (Res)  PT (e.g. NHS or Imperial staff)

Clinical Medicine Research (National Heart and Lung Institute) MD(Res) - Part Time | A3P1DH |

Phd or MD(Res) PT (College Staff)

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

Clinical Medicine Research (National Heart and Lung Institute) – Part Time | A3Z1DH |

Clinical Medicine Research (National Heart and Lung Institute) MD(Res) - Part Time | A3P1DH |

Provide referees

You will be asked to provide the contact details of two referees in your application.

The reference should indicate your suitability to undertake a PhD or MD(Res).

Please note, you cannot use your proposed supervisor(s) as referee(s).

Once your application is received, the referees will be sent a link via which they can submit their references. You will be able to see the status of your references on your Student e-Service.

In case there are any problems or delays, references can be sent directly to Medicine Postgraduate Admissions,  as long it is sent by the referee from an official University or company email address (a Gmail or Hotmail account, for example, will not be accepted).

 Please follow up any outstanding references as this will delay your application.

What happens to my application?

Your application is assessed for eligibility by the Medicine Postgraduate Admissions team in the College. When this has been confirmed, the application is forwarded on to the Department (NHLI PGR Team) for consideration.

Once your application is with NHLI PGR Team there are several steps to the application:

1. The proposed supervisor(s) must confirm that they are happy to consider you.

2. The applicant and proposed supervisor(s) must complete the NHLI Registration Form 2018 (doc), detailing the proposed project, funding, start date and supervisory package.

3. The NHLI PGR Team will arrange an interview between you and a postgraduate research tutor. This is in addition to any interview your supervisors may have already conducted. This interview is to determine, independently from your supervisor(s), your potential to undertake a PhD or MD(Res) within NHLI. For clinical postgraduate students, employment as a Clinical Research Fellow does not automatically guarantee registration for a higher degree. 

4. We are happy to receive the Research Proposal as part of the registration process; however, it can also be submitted up to 6 weeks after your start date. This should be prepared by you with input from your supervisor(s). You can see our Research proposal guide (doc) for advice on writing a research proposal,

5. Only when approval is received from the Director of Postgraduate Studies can your application be accepted by the Department and sent to Medicine Postgraduate Admissions for processing.

The Admissions Team at College will then process your offer; this may be conditional on you meeting certain requirements including the English language and academic entry requirements.

Please note:

  • Your start date should allow at least 'two clear calendar months' from submitting your application.
  • Medicine Postgraduate Admissions will only allow backdating in exceptional circumstances and strictly no backdating beyond three months from when an unconditional offer is accepted.
  • The time it takes for NHLI PGR Team to process an application varies. You can work on the basis it will take about one month, though it could be longer, depending on your circumstance. Medicine Postgraduate Admissions may then take two to three weeks to process your offer. Please take this into account when submitting your application start date.

Are you a member of staff?

Staff who are employed by Imperial College London 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 contract 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.