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BHF Centre of Research Excellence, University of Oxford

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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 placements for summer 2022 will be organised as part of the Graduate Access Programmes at the University of Oxford.

The UNIQ+ internships are designed for talented undergraduates from backgrounds which have been disadvantaged and/or under-represented at postgraduate-level study, and these internships offer research experience with supervision from Oxford academics.

Starting on 4 July 2022, the programmes last six weeks and offer a generous scholarship stipend and free-of-charge accommodation in one of Oxford’s colleges, as well as the opportunity to improve your research skills and find out more about postgraduate study and careers.

Students are invited to indicate their choices of research projects / topics as part of the application process.  If you are particularly interested in cardiovascular research there are four listed projects (under Medical Sciences) with research groups who are part of the Oxford BHF CRE. The project numbers are MSD 3, MSD 7, MSD 8 and MSD 27.  Other projects may become available, to students who are selected against the main UNIQ+ criteria, if a clear interest in cardiovascular research is indicated by the student.

Applications are open to those ordinarily resident in the UK who are in their second year or above of undergraduate study at a UK or Irish university. The deadline has now passed for summer 2022.  We will post information regarding 2023 studentship opportunities in early 2023.

For details of eligibility criteria, available research projects and how to apply, visit 


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