International PhD Academy in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease

PhD programme in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease

Human heart and coronary artery images representing our research

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 treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. We invite you to join us.

Each year will offer up to 5 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

Structure of the programme

Four-year basic science/population studies PhD studentships are available for entry in September/October. There will be up to 5 places available. 

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

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.

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 on one of the largest university-hospital complexes 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’s only Chair in Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research, Professor Mark Kearney

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.

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 International PhD Academy has a single intake each year in mid-September.

To apply, applicants should email the following documentation to The Faculty Graduate School.

  • Faculty application form- Please ensure to complete your chosen 3 projects in rank order and identify each project with the title and supervisor name (Please note is it possible to change these preferences later)
  • Full academic CV
  • Degree transcripts, or marks so fair if your degree is in progress
  • Two references from academic referees. Your referees will need to send these directly on your behalf to The Faculty Graduate School. We may not be able to process your application if we do not receive references by the closing date
  • Evidence that you are able to cover fees (eg personal funding, sponsorship letter)
  • IELTS certificate (or equivalent) which must be no more than two years old at the time of registration

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

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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