International PhD Academy in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease

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Are you an International Student looking for a direct entry PhD programme in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease? Here at the University of Leeds, we have developed a new Academy based within the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM).

The International PhD Academy is particularly suitable for international students with their own funding who have minimal research experience. Our International PhD Academy focuses on bespoke, personalised training and support.

Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death and disability in the UK and across the world. Diabetes tends to exacerbate cardiovascular disease meaning we are less able to treat it. This is increasingly a problem in our modern society where we have more of a tendency to do less exercise and to over-consume, and so we need to urgently address this through our research.

Professor David Beech FMedSci, Wellcome Trust Investigator, Director Leeds Institute of Cardiovasuclar & Metabolic Medicine

Given the worldwide epidemic of diabetes, significant challenges lie ahead in understanding the mechanisms of complications and in developing new strategies for therapeutic intervention. Part of our core mission is to use our expertise to nurture a new generation of scientists who think differently and go on to be instrumental in transforming, understanding and treating cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. We invite you to join us.

Each year will offer up to five places in the Academy for four-year basic science/population studies PhD studentships, available for entry in September/October.

A PhD with us offers you much more than just academic excellence. Our size and diversity mean we can offer you a unique experience which combines our research-based curriculum with a range of opportunities to give you the knowledge, skills and experience to prepare for your future.

Project proposals 

Structure of the programme

Four-year basic science/population studies PhD studentships are available for entry in September/October. There will be up to five places available. 

Training and support opportunities

Dr Karen Porter runs our programme here at the University of Leeds. You will be well supported from day one of your programme. Regular feedback will be provided about your progress, which will be provided at monthly meetings with supervisors and the programme lead.

The Foundation Year

The foundation year includes induction and basic training, a set programme of teaching plus a full complement of modules that will be prepared on an individualised basis once your needs have been discussed. This is designed to provide you with all the necessary skills and support to complete your PhD.

You will spend 12-week intervals working on two different research investigations and will then progress to your main project, contributing to research as you learn. Bespoke training will be delivered in a complementary manner to the taught component. Your individualised training plan will be agreed within the first month of the course as the outcome of the discussion with your supervisory team and the programme manager.

Years 2, 3 & 4

In year 2 and 3 you will focus exclusively on your main PhD project with ongoing training and support as required.

Year 4 will be a progression of years 2 and 3, during which you will commence the writing up of your thesis, ready for submission.

The 3-Year Pathway

For applicants with suitable research experience, or with a Masters degree featuring research modules in a relevant field, we offer a three year pathway through our programme. This variant doesn’t include the foundation year, and students will move directly into their PhD project, supported by our expert staff and world-recognised academics.

Highlights of the Programme:

  • Emphasis on PGR support (dedicated administrator, mentors)
  • Dedicated course administrator and mentoring
  • Extensive relevant taught and real-life training experiences
  • Wide multidisciplinary supervisor pool
  • Located in a stylish state-of-the-art scientific building at one of the largest university-hospitals in the UK
  • Automatic consideration for award of bursary (up to £4,000 per year) for the duration of your PhD
  • Funding available each year to support your conference attendance
  • Home to the British Heart Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research, Professor Mark Kearney

Full list of project Proposals

You will be able to find out more about our current students and their exciting PhD projects below:

Rawan Abuzinadah
Hajar Alenezi
Nurul Abdul Samad
Muath Bajarwan
Bashair Alhummiany
Ghadir Alkarithi
Altaf Almutairi
Zyad Almutlaq
Eman Alsaeed
Rawan Altalhi
Meshal Alzahrani
Gorata Mmopiemang
Nouf Mushari

Entry requirements

Applicants must have, or be expected to obtain a 2.1 (or equivalent) relevant BSc degree. This must be a subject relevant to your proposed field of research such as biological, physical sciences or other subjects aligned to medicine and relevant to your proposed field of research.

You must hold a British Council IELTS of score 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in other skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking) This qualification must be less than 2 years old at the start of the degree.

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Fee information

The International fee rate will be fixed for the duration of the PhD. Write up fees for Year 5 will apply.

You may be asked to contribute bench fees dependent upon the project you choose.

Further information on fees and other expenses can be found below:

How to apply

We accept applications all year round; the 4 year International PhD Academy has a single intake each year in mid-September and start dates for the 3 year pathway can be negotiated. Applications can be made at any time. You should complete an online application form and attach the following documentation to support your application.

  • A full academic CV
  • Degree certificate and transcripts of marks (or marks so far if still studying)
  • IELTS certificate (or equivalent) which must be no more than two years old at the time of registration
  • Evidence that you are able to cover fees (e.g. personal funding, sponsorship letter)
  • Two references from academic referees. Your referees will need to download a reference form and send it directly to The Faculty Graduate School. We may not be able to process your application if we do not receive references.

To help us identify which programme you are applying for please ensure you include the following information on your application form;

  • The programme of study as PhD in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease
  • The full project title and name the supervisors listed (as shown in the project description).

For any queries regarding the application process please contact The Faculty Graduate School.

If you have specific enquiries about the programme or any of the project proposals, please email the International PhD Academy team:

Links to useful sites

International Office - Provides welcome and orientation support and immigration advice and the opportunity to be part of a Global Community.

Doctoral College - Provides support and enhances opportunities available to you as a PhD student.

Feeling at Home in Leeds - The University offers face to face support and online tools to help students feel at home and make the most of University life. 

Faculty of Medicine and Health Graduate School - As a researcher at Leeds, you will be part of a vibrant and welcoming research community both within the Faculty and the wider University.

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International PhD Academy: Medical Research

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Bashair AlHummiany Medical Imaging MSc

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I am pursuing my interest in the field of medical imaging through doing a PhD. The international PhD Academy for cardiovascular and metabolic disease fascinated me and I am sure it will be a motivating atmosphere that will further develop my skills. It is amazing how the Academy provides a bespoke PhD programme that is particularly made to meet the required needs for a postgraduate researcher. My PhD project involves analysing MRI images of the kidneys for patients with diabetic kidney disease to extract biomarkers that are hypothesised to detect changes in the kidney parenchyma at an early stage in order to improve the prediction of disease progression.
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