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Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

We have 195 Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

An immunology PhD would give you the opportunity to research a specific area of the immune system in great detail. You’ll likely be trying to understand how cells communicate, the role of certain signals, or how the immune system is altered in specific diseases. These projects are almost always laboratory-based.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Immunology?

As a PhD student in Immunology, you’ll gain extensive laboratory skills, particularly in cell culture, and develop the ability to critically appraise methods used in the literature to decide which is best for your research.

Some typical research topics in Immunology include:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • The immune system and cancer
  • Vaccine development
  • Anti-inflammatory drug development
  • Communication between immune cells
  • The immune system and disease

A majority of Immunology programmes are advertised with full funding attached. These are advertised on the university website and are either three-year programmes or part of a four-year doctoral training programme. While the general research aim is pre-determined by the supervisor for advertised projects, you’ll be responsible for shaping the project along the way.

Proposing your own research in Immunology is rare as you must find a supervisor with research goals that align with yours, that has the instruments you’ll need and find adequate funding to cover bench fees alongside PhD fees.

In your daily life you’ll be performing experiments in the laboratory, analysing and creating figures from previous data, and talking through methods and results with your supervisor and colleagues. At the end of your PhD, you’ll contribute to your field by producing an original thesis of around 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Immunology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, with at least a Merit or Distinction. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Immunology funding options

The research council responsible for funding Immunology PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s uncommon for Immunology PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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Neural underpinnings of naturalistic speech rhythms underlying disorganised thought processing and the impact of vocal emotions on emotional states in clinical high-risk using OPM-MEG

Person Specification. Applicants should have a strong background in neuroscience, mental health research, psychology, medicine, physics, computer science, experimental linguistics or a related discipline relevant to cognitive neuroscience/neuroimaging, and ideally a background in cognitive neuroimaging. Read more

Unravelling the role of copy number variation in host-microbe interactions

The microbiome is a fundamental mediator of organismal health and has been shown to play essential roles in biological processes ranging from metabolic activity to disease resistance. Read more

Robust Nanoprobe Tools to Dissect Glycan Binding of Snake Venoms for Diagnostic Applications

This project has two key aims; 1) develop robust tools to explore the glycan binding of snake venoms for diagnostic applications and 2) apply this research in rapid diagnostics for snake envenomation. Read more

Rational Design of Novel Aptamers to Understand and Resist Snake Envenomation

Every five minutes, fifty people are bitten by a snake worldwide – of whom, four will be permanently disabled and one will die. In fact, snake envenomation is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that requires urgent attention. Read more

Lateral Flow Glycoassay linked Mass Spectrometry for Pandemic Preparedness and Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, diagnostics have been rapidly rolled out globally, with rRT-PCR (real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) being the gold standard but turn-around time can be a limiting factor. Read more

Investigating the role of mechanical and environmental cues controlling the movement of macrophages

Immune cells in our body have to navigate complex environments to find and counter pathogens or infected cells. To do so, immune cells comprise of fascinating shape-changing abilities to squeeze through tiny openings and can move through a variety of tissues using different modes of mobility. Read more

Developing a Pandemic Influenza Vaccine

Influenza often undergoes zoonotic transfer – moving from an animal reservoir to a human host - causing pandemics. Influenza has caused four pandemics… Read more

Choreographing plant disease; pathogen effector manipulation of organelles – the view from inside

Biotic stress contributes disproportionately to crop losses, accounting for in excess of 25% of global yield. Thus, developing novel approaches to restricting pathogen infections of crops and consequently improving yields must be a key future objective for food security. Read more

NIHR Exeter BRC Studentship - Investigating the effect of hyperglycaemia on immune cell function

Project description. This PhD project explores the interface between metabolism and immunology. The goal is to increase our understanding of how high blood glucose levels (hyperglycaemia) alters immune cell function. Read more

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