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BHF 4-year programme FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Who Can Apply?

We are happy to consider applications from eligible students who already have or expect to obtain AT LEAST an upper second class honours or equivalent in any subject relevant to the programme (including, for instance, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Pharmacology, Medicine, Statistics, Epidemiology, and related subjects).

Candidates for UK based personal awards (e.g. fellowships and PhD studentships) should normally have a relevant connection to the EEA (European Economic Area). Relevant connection would be established if:

  1. an individual is a UK/EEA national, or
  2. has an appropriate degree from a university in the EEA, or
  3. has worked in a university, hospital or research institution in the EEA (provided it is not for the sole purpose of full-time education) for at least the past 3 years, or did so before taking up an appointment outside the EEA.

When Should I apply?

There is a single round of admissions each year. The deadline for applications is December each year. The website will be updated each November. We are unable to consider applications at other times of the year.

How many places are there on the programme, and are other PhDs available?

Only 4 places are available each year on the BHF 4-year Programme in Cardiovascular Research. Additional places are available on the parallel Wellcome Trust 4-year Programme in Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease although the conditions of eligibility are different.

What funding does the programme provide to successful applicants?

The programme provides, compared with other studentships, a generous living allowance (currently £19,919 for years one and two, £21,542 for year three and £23,298 for year four) that is considerably greater than the University's estimated maintenance costs. Awards also provide University fees for students at the 'home' rate (applicable to all students from the EU, plus one or two other European countries). Research consumable costs are also provided for the full four years.

When should I complete the University Graduate application form (GRADSAF)?

Students wishing to undertake a PhD in Cambridge must complete a University Graduate Student Application Form (GRADSAF). Successful applicants who are accepted onto the programme will be advised how and when to complete the GRADSAF application form.

Where do the Cambridge Colleges fit in?

To study for any degree at Cambridge University you must be a member of one of the Cambridge Colleges. You apply for admission to a College at the same time as making a formal application to the University (i.e. on the GRADSAF form). You do not need to be concerned with Colleges when making your application to the PhD programme. Colleges provide a variety of academic and social opportunities for graduate students, not least (in many cases) accommodation.

When will interviews be held?

Shortlisted candidates from EU countries will be asked to come to Cambridge for interview in January. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by e-mail.

Can I expect feedback on my application?

Unfortunately, given the volume of applications, we will not be able to respond to requests for feedback on applications at any stage.

What if I have further questions?

Contact Anthony Davenport with questions about the PhD Programme. Adam Butterworth can provide further information about the Quantitative Stream of the programme.

Information about the University of Cambridge Graduate Application Process can be obtained from the Graduate Admissions Office.

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