BHF 4 year PhD Studentships

About the Award

This award is led by Prof Rhian Touyz and co-directed by Prof Godfrey SmithProf James Leiper and Prof Eleanor Davies.

This scheme starts with an intensive first year of training in research techniques and theory, and three research placements, prior to a 3-year PhD research project. Each year, five fully funded scholarships are awarded to outstanding students with a strong scientific background.

Stipend rates start at £19,919 per annum.

About The Award

This award is led by Prof Rhian Touyz and co-directed by Prof Godfrey Smith, Prof James Leiper and Prof Eleanor Davies 

Research within the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences (ICAMS), which is a BHF Centre of Research Excellence, focuses on:

1.    Cardiac

2.    Vascular

3.    Metabolic Disease/Diabetes

4.    Stroke and renal disease in relation to cardiovascular disease.

Each of these themes contains strategically linked groups of leading, internationally-respected academics who provide the highest quality supervision to students. Research links exist between staff in the cardiovascular groups and those in other Institutes within the College, facilitating cross-institute collaborations.

As a BHF Centre of Excellence, ICAMS provides the highest quality training in cardiovascular research, at the basic-science, translational and clinical levels.

This scheme starts with an intensive first year of training in research techniques and theory, and three research placements, prior to a 3-year PhD research project. Each year, five fully funded scholarships are awarded to outstanding students with a strong scientific background. 

Stipend rates start at £19,919 per annum.


How to Apply

Applications for the 2019 intake are now closed. Applications for the 2020 intake will be open around October 2019.

Your initial application will be for Year 1 - MRes in TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE.

Please note the BHF Entry requirements below to ensure you meet the criteria:

  • Awarded or expected 1st class or high upper 2nd class BSc degree.
  • Candidates for UK based personal awards (e.g. fellowships and PhD studentships) should normally be a national of the EEA (European Economic Area) with relevant connection to the EEA. Relevant connection would be established if an individual has (i) been ordinarily resident in the EEA, and (ii) has an appropriate degree from a university in the EEA, or has worked in a university, hospital or research institution in the EEA for at least the past three years, or did so before taking up an appointment outside the EEA.
  • Candidates who are not EEA nationals may be eligible to apply if the individual has worked in a university (providing it is not for the sole purpose of full-time education), hospital or research institution in the UK for at least three years, prior to the date of application.

Your application will be for the Year 1, MRes in Translational Medicine.  

Applications for this course will be processed for the fully funded BHF 4 year PhD Studentship programme which awards an MRes after successful completion of the first year, and a PhD after successful completion of the programme.

Application Form

IN ADDITION TO COMPLETING THE ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM, PLEASE UPLOAD:

  • Your CV
  • Degree Transcripts
  • Two references on headed paper
  • A personal statement

Applicants whose first language (or the language of instruction for their first degree) is not English are required to include evidence of their English language ability

For assistance with the application forms please contact Stephanie Lavery on 0141 330 1985 or email Stephanie.Lavery@glasgow.ac.uk    

For further information contact:

Professor Godfrey Smith

E-mail: Godfrey.Smith@glasgow.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 141 330 5963

Professor Eleanor Davies

E-mail: Eleanor.Davies@glasgow.ac.uk

Professor James Leiper

E-mail: James.Leiper@glasgow.ac.uk


Handbook

Course Information 

The university is one of the few centres in the UK offering British Heart Foundation 4 Year PhD Scholarships. The award, which is supplemented by university funds, covers a broad range of research. This scheme starts with an intensive first year of training in research techniques and theory, and three research placements, prior to a 3-year PhD research project. Each year, five fully funded scholarships are awarded to outstanding students with a strong scientific background. Applications from outstanding overseas students are encouraged. Stipend rates start at £19,919 per annum.

Structure 

Based on the currently successful 4-year PhD schemes, the programme operates on a one-plus-three year format. The first year provides intensive multidisciplinary training and three 12- week Research Placements, leading to an MRes degree. This is followed by three years full-time research culminating in the submission of the PhD thesis.

Introduction

  • Vascular and Myocardial Biology, Signalling and Disease Pathogenesis
  • Cardiovascular Gene and Stem Cell Therapies
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias and Cardiac Function Studies
  • Metabolic Syndrome, Inflammation and Health
  • Mathematical Modelling

 

1 Year MRes in Translation Medicine

The programme is part of a 4-year PhD with the first year being an MRes. The MRes is made up of threeindividual 12-week research placements after an intense two-week induction. Each project will be based on different themes with three different supervisors.

Induction
You will be required to attend an in-depth introductory programme, which will provide training in research ethics, statistics, project design, literature review and laboratory safety techniques. Placements The induction is followed by three individual research placements. These are at the core of this programme, providing three separate projects to allow you to define your areas of interest for your PhD studies. Each placement is a 12-week project and this will be with three different principal supervisors. You will be encouraged to choose placements beyond your undergraduate subject experience to maximise your exposure to new techniques and science. Supervisors are drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines, such as medicine, biomedical and life sciences, mathematics, electronics and electrical engineering, and veterinary medicine.

Advisor & Collaborations

Facilities

Useful Links

Maps


Structure for 4 year training period

Structure for 4 year training period

Based on the currently successful 4-year PhD schemes, the programme operates on a one-plus-three year format. The first year provides intensive multidisciplinary training and three 12- week Research Placements, leading to an MRes degree. This is followed by three years full-time research culminating in the submission of the PhD thesis.

Interaction between students from different years is encouraged via the monthly Research Forum and annual Scientific Retreat to facilitate sharing of experience and expertise and help establish long lasting scientific contacts.

Co-Ordinator

 

Directors

 

 Postgraduate Convenor:

 

External Advisors:

National 

International

 Review Committee

Student Representatitives

  • Quentin Lachaud (2014)
  • Bracy Fertig (2015)
  • Anna Koester (2016)
  • Alice Main (2017)
  • Emily Gallen (2018)

 


Project Supervisors

 Supervisors:

List of Secondary Supervisors:

50/50 Supervisors –Clinicians who require Basic Scientist as Primary Supervisor:

List of supervisors outside MVLS

Prof Lee Cronin – Primary optional if Chemistry Graduate, otherwise secondary

Prof Nikolaj Gadegaard – Primary optional if Engineering Graduate, otherwise secondary

Prof Richard Hartley – Primary optional if chemistry Graduate, otherwise secondary

Prof Nick Hill - Primary optional if  Mathematics Graduate, otherwise secondary

Prof Ray Ogden – Primary optional for a Mathematics Graduate, otherwise secondary

**   Primary supervisor if PhD student is a Chemistry graduate, otherwise will be a second supervisor

*** Primary supervisor if PhD Student is a Mathematics graduate, otherwise will be a second supervisor