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Research within the Department covers all the major areas of cardiovascular research, ranging from basic cell and molecular studies to clinical research. Leicester is one of the few centres in the country where there is an extensive combination of basic and clinical research in the cardiovascular field. The Department has an excellent track record in research training and supervision. Currently the Department has 36 PhD students, four MPhil students and 35 MD candidates registered. Research students contribute significantly to the research output of the Department. In the last five years more than 250 papers have been published with students as co-authors, including over 100 where students have been first authors. Students regularly present at local, national and international meetings and several have won prizes and awards.

Opportunities for Postgraduate Study

The Department offers supervision for the degrees of PhD, MPhil, and MD either full-time or part-time. Research projects range from laboratory studies in cell and molecular biology and genetics through to clinical and translational studies. High quality research training is provided by departmental staff engaged in cutting edge research and postgraduate students are supported throughout their projects.

Each postgraduate student has a supervisor and co-supervisor who are responsible for helping them get the most out of their research training. Students progress is monitored by individual committees comprising 2-3 academics who are independent of the students' supervisors. This progress is overseen by the Departmental Academic Committee and Postgraduate tutors. In addition to their projects, students undertake some formal workshop and lecture-based training offered by the College in generic and transferable skills, chosen from a programme of topics, such as intellectual property issues, bioinformatics, and writing and presentation skills.

There is a Department-wide programme of reglar research seminars that all research students are required to attend. In addition the Department holds a regular research forum for its research students and a biannual Departmental Research Dayand the Postgraduate Students are also invited to participate in the monthly research-led Café Cardiologique session.. Students are encouraged to present their findings at local, national and international meetings. 

PhD Studentships in Cardiovascular Sciences  

We welcome both full-time and part-time registered students in the Department, and flexible/part-time studentships are offered as part of our PGR programme. For further information or queries, please contact the Postgraduate Tutor.

Self funding students or students seeking PhD opportunities are encouraged to view the example of projects offered by supervisors in our department. If you are interested please contact the relevant supervisor for each project.

PhD Studentships - Example Projects

Funded and Other studentships offered in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology

Details of any current Cardiovascular studentships can also be found on the website.


Applicants for the PhD programme would usually be expected to have a first or upper second class honours degree, or masters degree.

MD Positions in Cardiovascular Sciences

MD positions are normally advertised under University of Leicester Jobs.

Self-funded students are encouraged to view the example of projects offered by supervisors in the department.  If you are interested please contact the relevant supervisor for each project.

MD Studentships - Example Projects


For the MD programme a medical degree is required.

How to apply (for a PhD, MPhil or MD)
Please see individual studentships for closing dates.

Funding your PhD or MD in Cardiovascular Sciences

We welcome applications from potential students wishing to study flexibly or part-time. For further information or queries, please contact the Postgraduate Tutor.

Once you have identified a potential supervisor for your higher degreee they will be able to advise you of funding options.

There are a number of funding sources available for higher degree students in Cardiovascular Sciences. The Department, the Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit and the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology all directly fund studentships. These vary in number each year and they are advertised on the the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences website and findaphd. The British Heart Foundation, Research Councils and other funding bodies also support postgraduate study in Cardiovascular Sciences and again opportunities are advertised as they become available.

Further Information

The College also offers a number of taught Masters' courses. Information about taught postgraduate courses and research degrees, including opportunities in other departments, is available from the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology pages. Specific guidance for potential applicants for the degree of MD is also available.

More general information for postgraduate study, such as details of how to apply, fees, regulations etc. can be found on the University of Leicester Graduate School pages. 

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