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Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 144 Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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We have 144 Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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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Probing Viral Receptor-Glycan Interactions using Polyvalent Multifunctional Glycan-Nanoparticle

  Research Group: School of Chemistry
Multivalent viral receptor-glycan interactions are central to viral infection and immune response regulation. However, the underpinning structural mechanisms are often poorly understood, due to a lack of effective probes for such complex, multimeric and flexible proteins. Read more

Novel anti-pathogen regulatory mechanisms driven by Human Guanylate Binding Proteins

Human GBPs are a family of seven ~65kDa GTPases whose expression is upregulated by IFNg, for example during an infection. All mammalian GBPs contain a GTPase domain and a C-terminal helical region. Read more

Development of dental caries detection point of care tools

About the project. Dental caries is the most common chronic disease in children and represents a significant disease burden for both children and adults. Read more

Modelling scar formation in endometriosis

This opportunity will remain open until the position has been filled and so early applications are encouraged. Endometriosis affects 10-15% of women during their reproductive years and is often associated with debilitating pelvic pain and impaired fertility. Read more

Exploiting stromal matrix as an immunotherapeutic reservoir for targeting of soft tissue sarcomas

Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) are a group of rare cancer with >50 different histological subtypes of distinct biology and genetics. Despite optimal management of localised disease, over half of patients develop metastatic disease with poor survival outcomes of ~19 months. Read more

PhD study in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology

The PhD programme lasts for 8 semesters and the number of ECTS credits assigned to the programme is at least 40. The programme offers courses developing professional and didactic skills as well as general knowledge. Read more
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Interdisciplinary PhD in the field of Medical Science

Doctoral Programme Interdisciplinary PhD Programme in Medical and Health Sciences is offered in disciplines in which the Jagiellonian University has the authority to award a doctor’s degree. Read more

Understanding the regulation of inflammation by the ubiquitin system.

Inflammatory responses rely on an intricate network of signalling events, which ensure that cells respond appropriately to insults, such as infections, toxic compounds, or cell damage. Read more

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