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Macrophage foam cells in a developing atherosclerotic lesion visualised by confocal microscopy - macrosialin in red, CD68-GFP transgene in green © Dr Eileen McNeill, Dr Asif Iqbal and Professor David R Greaves

This DPhil programme is aimed at basic science graduates who want to undertake advanced research into cardiovascular disease. The programme provides you with a solid grounding in the study of cardiac and vascular biology through the provision of taught courses, advanced level seminars and tutorials predominantly in the first year.

Read the full DPhil in Cardiovascular Science course information on the University of Oxford admissions website.

Applicants who are offered places on the DPhil Cardiovascular Science course will be fully funded. This generous funding from the British Heart Foundation includes:

  • Course fees at the home* rate
  • Four full years of stipend at not less than £19,919 per annum
  • £34,000 for research expenses
  • £1,000 for travel expenses

*International applicants are welcome to apply to the programme, and any successful applicants will have the international component of their fee covered from University funds.

Students in the latter stages of their DPhil may claim up to an additional £1,000 for travel expenses, and will have access to a transitional fund which can be used to support internship and other activities intended to support the career development of students at the end of their course.

Lisa Simpson, DPhil student in Cardiovascular Science© Lisa Simpson/Medical Sciences DivisionLisa Simpson, DPhil student in Cardiovascular Science
I chose the BHF programme because of the opportunity to ... gain knowledge of new techniques and areas of research.Read more about Lisa's experiences


The following researchers are affiliated with this programme

Charalambos Antoniades

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Shoumo Bhattacharya

Ben Cairns

Senior Statistical Epidemiologist; University Research Lecturer

Barbara Casadei

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Keith Channon

Field Marshal Earl Alexander Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Robin Choudhury

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Grant C Churchill

Associate Professor in Chemical Pharmacology

Mark Crabtree

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Biochemistry

Ben Davies

Aiden Doherty

Associate Professor

Ana Domingos

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Kim Dora

Professor of Microvascular Pharmacology

Andrew Farmer

Professor of General Practice

Antony Galione

Statutory Professor of Pharmacology

Christopher J Garland

Professor of Vascular Pharmacology

Lisa Heather

BHF Intermediate Fellow and Associate Professor

Neil Herring

Associate Professor, BHF Senior Fellow and Consultant Cardiologist

Jemma Hopewell

Professor of Precision Medicine & Epidemiology

Samira Lakhal-Littleton

Associate Professor of Physiology and MRC Senior Non-Clinical Research Fellow

Paul Leeson

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Ming Lei

Associate Professor

Craig Lygate

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology

Mathilda Mommersteeg

Associate Professor of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine

Chris O'Callaghan

David Paterson

Head of Department

Charles Redwood

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Biochemistry

Paul Riley

BHF Professor of Regenerative Medicine & Chair of Development and Cell Biology

Peter Robbins

Professor of Physiology

Angela Russell

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Chris Schofield

Nicola Smart

BHF Ian Fleming Fellow

Duncan Sparrow

Associate Professor and BHF Senior Basic Science Research Fellow

Shankar Srinivas

Professor of Developmental Biology

Pawel Swietach

Professor of Physiology

Paolo Tammaro

Associate Professor in Pharmacology

Damian Tyler

Professor of Physiological Metabolism

Ellie Tzima

Professor of Cardiovascular Biology

Sridhar Vasudevan

Associate Professor in Pharmacology and Drug Discovery

Hugh Watkins

Radcliffe Professor of Medicine and Head of Department

Manuela Zaccolo

Deputy Head of Department

Application Deadline

Open to applications for 2022 entry.  Apply by 12:00 midday UK time on Friday 3 December 2021.



Programme Director: Professor David R Greaves

Programme Co-Directors: Dr Nicola Smart and Professor Kim Dora