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Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

We have 45 Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

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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(WIS) Exploring macrophage function in oral health and inflammation

The project will be undertaken at two locations - the University of Manchester and Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. The time spent at each institution is flexible and will be determined by project progression. Read more

Understanding what makes a new class of memory natural killer (NK) cells an optimal candidate for cancer immunotherapy

Immunotherapies have changed the paradigm of cancer treatment away from conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy. However, immunotherapy outcomes remain more limited in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) than in other settings, e.g., acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Read more

Understanding B cell development in immunity: age-related changes (Ref. UOS-ASTAR-2023-1)

A healthy immune system has a good balance between making effective immune responses and avoiding autoimmune disease. Unfortunately, this balance is dysregulated with age. Older people are more prone to adverse consequences of infectious disease and cancer incidence increases with age. Read more

Improved Detection of Bovine Tuberculosis Infected Cattle using Artificial Intelligence

Bovine tuberculosis (BTB), caused by M. bovis, is the current biggest zoonotic disease problem in farms in the UK. The control and eradication of BTB hinges on prompt identification and removal of all infected cattle from the herd to prevent transmission to other animals as well as humans. Read more

Do your fully funded PhD in one of the world's most livable cities: Vienna

The Medical University of Vienna organizes twice a year a Ph.D. call and is offering 28 fully funded PhD studentships with flexible start times in summer 2023. Read more

School of Life Sciences Black Scholars Programme

The School of Life Sciences and the University of Dundee are committed to addressing under-representation in postgraduate research and we are pleased to offer our first Masters by Research Scholarships for UK students from Black or Black-Mixed Backgrounds. Read more

One-Flu: Wastewater-Guided Environmental Surveillance Platform to Understand the Ecology of Zoonotic Influenza A Virus (IAV) Threats

As evidenced by the current Covid-19 pandemic, the human population remains highly susceptible to zoonotic viral threats. Novel respiratory-borne, viral pathogens are of particular concern, given their pathogenic potential, ease of transmission, and lack of effective “off-the-shelf” pharmaceutical interventions. Read more

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