The Institute of Cardiovascular Science (ICS) offers an exciting opportunity to spend one year expanding your scientific skills and experience on three projects with different Institute scientists, from a wide range of research areas before choosing what you want to specialise in for the remaining three years on the programme.
UCL is a world-class centre of excellence in cardiovascular research and medicine. Over 400 cardiovascular scientists and cardiologists undertake basic, clinical and population-based research to improve our understanding of disease and provide new diagnostics, therapies and preventative strategies. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) have provided funding for the following postgraduate scheme.
Up to four BHF studentships will be available in any area of cardiovascular biomedicine. The first year provides postgraduate-level tuition in relevant topics, training in transferable research skills, opportunities to visit research units and two or three three month-long projects, which provide a basis for the candidate to select a doctoral project and supervisors. During their PhD thesis research, students are encouraged to present their work at international meetings, and funds will be made available for this purpose. PhD projects will cover the entire range of activity across the UCL campus, and so applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with our research.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
This programme is funded by the British Heart Foundation.