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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

Naveed Akbar

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Science

Charalambos Antoniades

British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine

Adrian Banning

Professor of Interventional Cardiology

Shoumo Bhattacharya

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Keith Channon

Field Marshal Earl Alexander Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Head of ...

Robin Choudhury

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Aiden Doherty

Professor of Biomedical Informatics

Ana Domingos

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Kim Dora

Professor of Microvascular Pharmacology

Gillian Douglas

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Science

Antony Galione

Statutory Professor of Pharmacology

Christopher J Garland

Professor of Vascular Pharmacology

Lisa Heather

BHF Intermediate Fellow and Associate Professor

Neil Herring

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, BHF Senior Fellow and Consultant ...

Jemma Hopewell

Professor of Precision Medicine & Epidemiology

Samira Lakhal-Littleton

Associate Professor of Cell Physiology and MRC Senior Non-Clinical Research ...

Paul Leeson

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Ming Lei

Reader in Cardiac Pharmacology

Craig Lygate

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology

Mathilda Mommersteeg

Associate Professor of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine

Claudia Monaco

Professor of Cardiovascular Inflammation

Chris O'Callaghan

David Paterson

Head of Department

David Ray

Professor of Endocrinology, Head of OCDEM, and Co-Director Sir Jules Thorn ...

Charles Redwood

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Biochemistry

Svetlana Reilly

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Science and British Heart Foundation ...

Paul Riley

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

Angela Russell

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Chris Schofield

Filipa Simões

Group Leader

Nicola Smart

BHF Ian Fleming Fellow and Professor of Cardiovascular Science

Duncan Sparrow

Associate Professor and BHF Senior Basic Science Research Fellow

Shankar Srinivas

Professor of Developmental Biology

Pawel Swietach

Professor of Physiology

Nick Talbot

Associate Professor and Consultant in Respiratory Medicine

Paolo Tammaro

Professor in Pharmacology

Christopher Toepfer

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Science

Damian Tyler

Professor of Physiological Metabolism

Ellie Tzima

Professor of Cardiovascular Biology

Hugh Watkins

Radcliffe Professor of Medicine

Clive Wilson

Professor of Cell and Developmental Genetics

Manuela Zaccolo

Deputy Head of Department

Application Deadline

Applications for October 2024 entry are now being accepted.  The deadline for application is 12 noon UK time on Friday 26 April 2024.



Programme Director: Professor David R Greaves

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