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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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Investigating the role of the microenvironment in paediatric and adult acute myeloid leukaemia

The incidence of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) increases with age, and in childhood accounts for 20% of all leukaemia. The current overall survival rate in children is only 60-70%, and thereafter falls progressively with age to 5-15% in the elderly. Read more

FGF signalling in regulation of tumour immune microenvironment

Immune “cold” tumours are tumours with little infiltrations of T lymphocytes and therefore immune suppressed, developed by a mechanism of evasion from immune surveillance through cancer progression (Hallmarks of Cancer). Read more

Identifying immune mechanisms in the CNS as targets for the treatment of paediatric Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Paediatric MS accounts for 2.7-10.5% of the total MS population and can affect children of all ages. Paediatric MS is not curable and as such, is a lifelong debilitating disease that restricts the life quality of affected children for their entire life. Read more

Can we repair brain damage using the immune system?

Successful long-term tissue regeneration of any human organ beyond the experimental state remains elusive. Given that the immune system plays a key role in tissue regeneration, including in the CNS, one of the most promising novel approaches is to integrate endogenous immune mechanisms into regenerative strategies. Read more

School of Infection and Immunity

 In the School of Infection and Immunity, scientists and clinicians work together to promote and develop research, drug discovery, and improvements in patient care. Read more

Helminth products as macrophage “trainers”: a novel therapeutic tool for the treatment of immune mediated diseases

The innate immune system can display characteristics of immunological memory. This phenomenon, termed “trained immunity”, refers to the long-term functional reprogramming of innate immune cells after the encounter with infectious or non-infectious agents that influences their capacity to respond to a secondary stimulus. Read more

Defining the mechanisms of vaccine mediated resistance against whipworm parasites

Vaccination is one of the greatest advances in global health; however most successful vaccines have been made empirically. We still have little insight into how many vaccines work and the mechanisms by which they trigger protective immune responses. Read more

A novel paradigm of neuro-immuno-metabolic axis in liver disease

About Lab of Liver Research. Liver-centered multi-organ crosstalk between adipose tissue, gut and brain has been shown to involve in various liver diseases, ranging from alcoholic liver disease, steatohepatitis and fibrosis. Read more

MSc by Research: The epigenetic basis of blood diseases

The epigenetic mark of DNA methylation is established by DNMT (DNA methyltransferase) enzymes and has been shown to correlate with transcriptional states and influence cell identity and tumorigenesis in mammalian cells. Read more

MSc by Research: Probing the interplay between IL-33 and GPCR signalling

The immune system plays important roles in both the response to infection and in tissue repair and homeostasis. It is a complex system made up of multiple specialised cell types, each of which must communicate with each other to coordinate an effective response. Read more

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