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International PhD Academy 1+3 programme

University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom
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International PhD Academy 1+3 programme

International PhD Academy at the University of Leeds

Are you an International Student looking for a direct entry PhD programme in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease? At the University of Leeds, we have developed a new Academy based within the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM).

The International PhD Academy is particularly suitable for international students with their own funding who have minimal research experience. Our International PhD Academy focuses on bespoke, personalised training and support.

Given the worldwide epidemic of diabetes, significant challenges lie ahead in understanding the mechanisms of complications and in developing new strategies for therapeutic intervention. Part of our core mission is to use our expertise to nurture a new generation of scientists who think differently and go on to be instrumental in transforming, understanding and treating cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. We invite you to join us.

Each year will offer up to five places in the Academy for four-year basic science/population studies PhD studentships, available for entry in September/October.

A PhD with us offers you much more than just academic excellence. Our size and diversity mean we can offer you a unique experience which combines our research-based curriculum with a range of opportunities to give you the knowledge, skills and experience to prepare for your future.

Project axamples may include:

Evaluation Of The Therapeutic Potential Of In Vitro-Derived Oocytes For Fertility Preservation. Supervisors: Helen Picton, John Huntriss

The role of NLRP family proteins in the development of the oocyte and preimplantation embryo. Supervisors: John Huntriss, Helen Picton

Bioengineering and evaluation of synthetic ovaries for fertility preservation. Helen Picton, Supervisors: John Huntriss, Virginia Pensebene

Endothelial Piezo1 channels of human placenta and their physiological roles. Supervisors: Jian Shi, Lara Morley, Melanie Ludlow, Nigel Simpson, David Beech 

A full list of available projects can be found here: https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/research-area/56-international-phd-academy-in-cardiovascular-and-metabolic-disease

The programme is led by Dr Karen Porter and supported by a course administrator and management team. They will be there to assist with your development from day one and to answer any questions you may have as you proceed through your time in the academy. Our open door policy and emphasis on the importance of shared knowledge ensures easy access to any assistance you require.

You will be given regular feedback about your progress, which will be provided at monthly meetings with supervisors and the programme lead.

The foundation year (Year 1) includes induction and basic training, a set programme of teaching plus a full complement of modules that will be prepared on an individualised basis once your needs have been discussed, designed to provide you with all the necessary skills and support to complete your PhD here at the University of Leeds. You will spend two 12 week intervals working on two different research investigations and will then progress to your main project, contributing to research as you learn.

Bespoke training will be delivered in a complementary manner to the taught component.

Your individualised training plan will be agreed within the first month of the course as the outcome of discussion with your supervisory team and the programme manager.

Year 2 You will focus exclusively on your PhD project with ongoing training as required.

Year 3 you will continue to work on your project, with any additional support/training as required.

Year 4 will be a progression of Years 2 and 3, during which you will commence the writing up of your thesis, ready for submission.

Applications are welcome from individuals with, or expecting to obtain, at least a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant to your proposed field of research such as biological or physical sciences or aligned subject.

Course website:

Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
University of Leeds
Clarendon Way
United Kingdom

Phone: 0113
E-mail: Contact Dr Karen Porter
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