PhD opportunities at the WHRI

At the William Harvey Research Institute we currently host over 100 PhD and MD(Res) students, most being full-time, and more than 50 research master students. Our students benefit from an integrated approach to cardiovascular, inflammation and endocrinology research and training, at the largest pharmacology institute in the UK.

Translational Cardiovascular Medicine Academy

In the area of cardiovascular sciences, a key element of our Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit is the creation of a Translational Cardiovascular Medicine Academy. Since 2013, this has been enhanced by our 4-year BHF MRes/PhD Programme. This provides students of the highest calibre with an opportunity to receive training in cardiovascular science from the molecular and cellular level, to in vivo models to healthy volunteer and patient based studies. 

British Heart Foundation (BHF) 4 year MRes/PhD

Since October 2013 WHRI has been one of nine UK centres hosting a British Heart Foundation 4 year MRes/PhD programme. For outstanding applicants this programme consists of an MRes course for the first year of study, providing students with the foundation knowledge and abilities they need to proceed to their cardiovascular PhD training. 

Visit the BHF 4 year MRes/PhD programme website for further information. 

Innovative Training Network (ITN) EVOluTION

EVOluTION is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (ITN) doctoral programme designed to provide multidisciplinary training for 11 PhD students on preclinical and clinical research, commercial and business opportunities and intellectual property. The science of EVOluTION is based on boosting the natural protective mechanisms operating in our body, to generate innovative therapeutic strategies in the management of chronic vascular and metabolic diseases. The interdisciplinary and cross-cutting research performed by the students will lead to novel therapeutic tools and a scientific perspective to address challenging medical, societal and industrial issues. Moreover, this ITN will deliver high level scientific and complementary training to create a new generation of scientists that are entrepreneurially minded and skilled in research and business. As such EVOluTION is perfectly aligned with the research vision of the WHRI.

Visit the ITN EVOluTION programme website for more information.

MRC combined MRes and PhD Doctoral Training Partnership Programme in Translational Immunology 

  • Delivered in partnership with the University of Southampton
  • Students will complete an MRes in year 1 before progressing to a PhD
  • The MRes will involve 4 taught modules and 3 rotational projects
  • Students will then select one of their MRes rotational projects as the subject of their PhD.

Contact: Professor John Marshall
Email: j.f.marshall@qmul.ac.uk

Willoughby PhD Studentships

  • Awarded by the Trustees of the Professor Willoughby Fund for Inflammatory Research
  • For research into the mechanisms involved in basic or clinically applicable processes of inflammation
  • Open to applicants with either basic science or clinical qualifications
  • Normally two studentships are offered per year for specific projects.

Contact: Professor Paul Chapple 
Email: j.p.chapple@qmul.ac.uk

Studentships

We frequently advertise stand-alone PhD studentships funded by charitable bodies, industry and Queen Mary University of London. 

Speculative PhD Projects

  • If you have already secured your own funding and would like to register for a PhD with the William Harvey Research Institute, please look at our research areas and contact some potential supervisors to discuss a suitable project.
  • If you are unsure, or require further academic assistance please contact Prof Paul Chapple (Director of Graduate Studies), who will be able to advise you further.
  • Once you have identified a suitable project and supervisor please submit an online application using the weblink below where you should select the relevant William Harvey Research Institute course. 

Structure

During their studies the progression of each research student is closely monitored.  For PhD and MD(Res) students there are progression points at 9, 18 and 30 months when students produce interim reports of their progress and future plans for consideration by two independent assessors in conjunction with reports from the supervisors. Students also present at ‘Research In Progress’ meetings, at which PhD students and junior post-doctoral researchers share their on-going experimental work with researchers from across WHRI.

Within the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) all students participate fully in a doctoral development training scheme, based on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. This approach means that students are well prepared to become successful independent researchers and fully equipped with the necessary skills to enter the workplace. During their training period students work with their supervisors and independent assessors to identify their individual training needs. In addition to opportunities within WHRI, students can undertake training programs from a range of activities offered by the wider School of Medicine and Dentistry and by QMUL’s Learning Institute.

Careers

Our aim is to provide all our students with the experience of cutting edge research conducted at the highest level coupled with the attainment of the transferable skills essential for success in research and research-related careers. Former students and fellows include Professors at Yale, Singapore, Frankfurt, Washington, and institutions throughout the UK, as well as CEOs and R&D Directors of major companies.

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