BHF 4 year PhD Studentships

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About the BHF 4 Year PhD Programme

This BHF 4 Year PhD Programme is led by Professor Eleanor Davies and co-directed by Professor Godfrey Smith, and Dr Lorraine Work.

Research within the School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health (SCMH):

1. Cardiac Disease

2. Vascular Biology

3. Cardiometabolic 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 Schools within the College, facilitating cross-school collaborations.

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, four fully funded scholarships are awarded to outstanding students with a strong scientific background. 

Stipend rates start at £19,919 per annum.

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.



 BHF 4 Year PhD Programme Administrator:

 Postgraduate Convenor:

External Advisors:

We have both National and International External Advisors:  


 Review Committee


MRes in Translational Medicine 

Course Information

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


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.


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.


The course assessments are organised under three main modules within the MRes programme.

Research and Critical Review Methods
  • Poster Presentation
  • Journal Club Paper 1
  • Journal Club Paper 2
  • Literature Review
  • Grant application based on one of 3 projects
Placement 1
  • Supervisor’s Report 
  • Project Report Write-Up 
  • Oral Presentation 
Placement 2 
  • Supervisor’s Report 
  • Project Report Write-Up 
  • Oral Presentation 
Placement 3
  • Supervisor’s Report 
  • Project Report Write-Up 
  • Oral Presentation 

How to Apply

Applications for September 2024 - NOW CLOSED

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. 

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.

While completing the online form you MUST also upload the below in the supporting documents section:

  • 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.Please find more information regarding English Language Requirements.

Applications for September 2024 - NOW CLOSED


For assistance with the application forms please contact:

Miss Blair Anderson


For further information contact:

Professor Eleanor Davies


Professor Godfrey Smith


Dr Lorraine Work


Postgraduate Study Frequently Asked Questions

Information for New Students

Welcome to the School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health (SCMH). 

We are a research-intensive schhol in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life science at the University of Glasgow. SCMH is also home to a British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence that focuses on vascular science and biomedicine.

Our address is: 

BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre (BHF GCRC)

126 University Place University Of Glasgow


G12 8TA

Our building can be found on C12 on the Campus map 

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For information on Regsitration and Enrollment, accommodation, the library, counselling services, disability services or anything else you may need to make sure you are fully supported, click here:

SCMH New Student portal

College of MVLS 

College of Medicine, Veterinary & Life Sciences Graduate School office will be happy to help with any pastoral/financial/supervisory issues. Their telephone number is 44 (0) 141 330 5800, email  ‌‌‌and webpage

The College Graduate School office is based: 

Room 111, Level 1

Sir James Black Building (formerly West Medical Building)
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ

The Sir James Black Building can be found at point B2 on the campus map.

Open 09.00-17.00 Monday to Friday

Closed Public Holidays

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 330 7000

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65 Hillhead Street
Glasgow, G12 8QF





Our BHF 4 Year students discuss their experience on the programme