The University of Manchester
British Heart Foundation PHD PhD
The University of Manchester

Key Course Facts

Course Description

A Unique First Year

The first year of the programme differs from a traditional PhD. As one of our trainees, you will experience several lab project rotations and taught units.

This diverse first year is designed to provide you with a broad and varied research experience to help you choose the area you want to specialise in for the next three years of your PhD programme.

When you successfully complete the first year, you will be awarded an MRes in Cardiovascular Sciences.

Broad, Interdisciplinary Approaches

The programme brings together principal investigators from across the University with world-leading expertise in the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms underpinning cardiovascular function in health and disease with translation to the clinic.

Our goal is to encourage you to take novel, interdisciplinary approaches to key research questions that enhances our understanding of cardiovascular health and disease.

We actively encourage students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds to apply for the programme. Projects are offered in a wide range of subject areas including functional physiology, cell signalling, human genetics, in vivo disease modelling, informatics, bioengineering, computer modelling, novel delivery mechanisms, omics approaches, structure-function mechanisms, regenerative medicine and imaging.

Our current BHF PhD students are active members of the research group, participating in seminars, keynote lectures, external conferences and public engagement activities.

See our website for more information.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Manchester Business School East - Undergraduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Manchester Business School - Graduate Degrees
    • 7.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
    • 7.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)

This is a fully-funded programme is open to eligible UK/EU candidates.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study British Heart Foundation PHD, PhD, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to this funded PhD programme. As competition is tough, many of our applicants also hold a Masters-level qualification.


Tuition Fees British Heart Foundation PHD PhD

EU £25500 year 1
International £25500 year 1

Additional fee information

UK students per annum: TBA

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About The University of Manchester

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