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Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

We have 76 Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK 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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DPhil in Paediatrics and MSc (by Research) in Paediatrics

The Department of Paediatrics is a world leader in child health research. Our work spans from early proof-of concept fundamental science all the way up to its application in clinical settings. Read more

High-throughput characterisation of the functional antibody epitope landscape of surface protein targets to guide vaccine and biologic design

Commercial partner: . DJS Antibodies. Understanding the nature of antibody-antigen interactions and how these relate to functional outcomes is vital in guiding the rational design of next-generation vaccines and monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapeutics. Read more

9 Fully funded PhD positions in biology, biochemistry, life science, chemistry, medicine, computer science or related fields

BioNTech and TRON (Translational Oncology Mainz) are leading institutions in the field of immunotherapy. Our joint international PhD Program (ATLAS) is looking for talented, junior researchers of all nationalities. Read more

Combating Cancer with Data Science: Deep Learning of Histological Images for the Detection of Lymph Node Metastases

Lymph nodes are a common site for the spread of cancer. The student will learn state-of-the-art techniques in Data Science involving Deep Learning to detect cancer automatically in lymph-node histology images. Read more

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