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Research degrees at the William Harvey Research Institute

Why apply for a PhD Programme at The William Harvey Research Institute?

The School of Medicine and Dentistry was placed within the top seven UK institutions in all Units of Assessment – Clinical Medicine; Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care; and Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy- during REF 2014.

The WHRI are currently the largest pharmacological research institute in the UK University sector and one of the largest in Europe. We offer world-class research training for our Postgraduate Research students encompassing discovery and translational research in the areas of cardiovascular pharmacology, immunology, endocrinology and genomics.

We benefit from strong clinical links to cardiology, renal medicine, critical care, anaesthesia, rheumatology and clinical endocrinology in our allied Barts and The London NHS Trust. Embedded within the WHRI is the Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, which offers a modular programme in sports and exercise medicine for both doctors and physiotherapists, as well as a research programme including work on the legacy of the 2012 Olympics.

Research Subjects

The research at the WHRI falls into 3 main themes: 

A list of potential PhD projects can be found here.

Subjects - Queen Mary University of London

Entry Requirements

Upper Second Class or Greater in a Bachelor’s degree with relevance to the proposed project.

Lower Second class Bachelor’s degree with a Masters.

Postgraduate Research English language requirements can be found here 

Structure of the PhD Programme

Much more information about supervision and programme structure can be found on the WHRI PhD pages here 

PhD usually consists of 3 years of laboratory research plus a year to write up a thesis. On some of our Doctoral training programs, the structure involves 1 year of taught material plus the opportunity to undertake projects on rotation. This is then followed by 3 years in the host laboratory followed by a year to write up.

Financial Support 

Subjects - Queen Mary University of London

Our British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded 4-year MRes/PhD programme enrols four fully funded (at Home rates) students per year, three funded by the BHF and one funded by the School of Medicine and Dentistry, onto a 4-year course, consisting of a first-year MRes followed by a three-year PhD. You can read full information here:

Innovate Training Network (ITN) EVOluTIONEVOluTION 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. Visit the 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. For further information please contact Professor John Marshall

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

More general information on funding a PhD can be found here.

How to apply

Prospective students who have already obtained funding or are considering applying for external funding should contact: Dr Paul Chapple and include your CV, details of funding and a brief research proposal.

Detailed information about the application process can be found here: 


Administrator: Bijal Tailor

Director of Graduate Studies: James Whiteford 




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