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BHF Centre of Research Excellence, University of Oxford

Cardiovascular Science Vacation Studentships will re-launch for summer 2022 placements

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The BHF Centre of Research Excellence (Oxford BHF CRE) in Oxford offers a small number of vacation studentships to enable talented and motivated undergraduates to carry out a research project in cardiovascular science during the University summer vacation. 

The Oxford BHF CRE brings together over 70 world leading research groups, based in departments and centres across the University of Oxford.  Together they cover the translational research spectrum from basic science through to clinical and population health research.  

The vacation studentships are usually hosted for 8 to 10 weeks’ duration during the summer offering undergraduates an exciting opportunity to contribute to a challenging and meaningful research project, in a world-leading cardiovascular research group in Oxford. 

Students are invited to indicate their choice from amongst the cardiovascular science research topics in their application.  Successful students will be allocated to an Oxford BHF CRE research group, and are expected to have the opportunity to be involved in the design and planning of the research project. 

Further information about the Oxford BHF CRE research themes and lead researchers can be found here

The Oxford BHF CRE research groups are multi-disciplinary in their research approaches; applicants from a wide range of undergraduate courses such as chemistry, biomedical sciences, statistics, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, physics and computational sciences will be considered. 

The vacation studentships are open to undergraduates and graduate-entry medical students from any UK university, but the summer projects must be undertaken at Oxford University within a BHF CRE research group.  International students who are currently studying in the UK and meeting the Tier 4 student visa conditions are welcome to apply. 

Details on how to apply, eligibility and funding available will be updated on this web page in autumn 2021.


Past BHF CRE vacation studentships feedback 

‘The studentship was an invaluable experience. It allowed me to experience first-hand working in modern scientific research and it has reinforced my desire to pursue a career in academia. The chance to develop my critical thinking and exercise my scientific curiosity is what I cherished most about my studentship.’

2nd year Human Biology

 ‘My nine weeks gave me significant training in fundamental molecular biology techniques such as Western Blotting, qPCR, protein extraction/quantitation, RNA extraction and HPLC, as well as experience with data analysis and an understanding of the methods and challenges of working with an animal model.’

2nd year Pre-clinical Medicine

‘I was able to attend lab meetings and observe the interplay between different research teams in an area for I had expressed an interest in my application; I appreciate that a large effort was made to place me with a team which aligned with my interests.’

2nd year Medicine & Surgery

‘I feel that this was a valuable introduction to the workings of a typical research lab, where experiments do not always go as planned. I believe this experience will be very useful to the rest of my undergraduate studies, and will make me a stronger candidate when I apply to postgraduate positions in the future. This experience has made me seriously consider a career in cardiovascular research.’

3rd year Biochemistry