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Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

We have 15 Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

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We have 15 Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

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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Immunogenomics of oesophageal cancer to improve early detection

Oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC) is a deadly disease whose incidence has increased substantially in recent years. OAC is preceded by a pre-cancer condition named Barrett’s oesophagus (BO). Read more

How does the immune system change during children’s interstitial lung disease?

3-year NHLI-funded PhD post. Applications are invited from candidates with a Master’s degree (Merit and above) and undergraduate training in biological sciences for a PhD studentship. 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

Project: Towards Engineered T Cells for Osteosarcoma

The aim of this project is to develop engineered T cells for osteosarcoma. Osteosarcoma is the most common bone cancer in adolescents and young adults (80% of the patients are younger than 25 years old) but nevertheless are rare cancer. 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

Potential therapeutic effects of natural products in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cervical cancers

Cervical cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting women worldwide. Infection caused by high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPVs), especially type 16 and 18 are implicated in the etiology of most cervical cancers. Read more
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