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Four-year funded PhDs in Translational Immunology, Inflammation and Cancer

Four-year funded PhDs in Cancer, Inflammation and Translational Immunology

The University of Southampton and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are Russell Group universities with world leading research programmes and are proud to offer Medical Research Council funded doctoral training programme (MRC DTP) PhD studentships. Students are based at Southampton or QMUL researching topics including Cancer Immunology, Infectious Disease, Inflammation and Bioengineering with the application of Digital Technologies in specific projects relevant to their subject areas (below). As a successful candidate you will join a vibrant PhD student community for a 4 year funded period of study from October 2021.

Four-year funded PhDs in Translational Immunology, Inflammation and Cancer

University of Southampton

The Cell Biology and Immunology of Cancer
Apply here
Please quote reference: IPHD/CS/202021/723 in the
supervisor field on the application form.

University of Southampton

Immunity and Infection
Apply here
Please quote reference IPHD/II/202021/724 in the
supervisor field on the application form.

Stipend: ~£15,000 pa

Academic enquiries:
Dr Tilman Sanchez-Elsner, Associate Professor in
Molecular Cell Biology

Application enquiries:
Tel: ‪+44 (0)2382126501‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Queen Mary University of London

Cancer, Inflammation and Immunology
Apply here
(the application form will only identify the MRes component, but your application is for the full programme)

Stipend: £18,500 pa to reflect higher London costs

Academic enquiries:
Dr Katiuscia Bianchi, Lecturer in Molecular Oncology

Application enquiries:
0207 882 2081

Programme Structure

Year 1

In year 1 you will choose three laboratory rotation projects in research groups at the cutting edge of experimental medicine. Taught modules are held in Statistical Methods (Southampton or QMUL), pathway specific topics and Quantitative Cell Biology, with practical training in bioinformatics and computational modelling of disease relevant datasets (taught in Southampton - all students attend*). An intermediate MRes is awarded after successful first year completion. This MRes is not offered for application separately.

Years 2-4

In years 2-4 you undertake your original research project in your chosen subject area, at your partner institution. Our aim is for you to become an active and valued member of a research lab led by one of our expert scientists.


Funding is available for a limited number of places. You must meet MRC student eligibility requirements. Studentships are paid at equivalent or above the standard UK Research Council recommended stipend. Fees will be covered for eligible students. Some projects have links with industry, including pharmaceutical companies, with potential for stipend enhancement.

How to apply

This Programme is collaborative, applications are to Southampton or QMUL. Please do NOT apply to both partners.

Applicants must hold a 1st class or 2:1 degree in a subject within the life-sciences or physical sciences. For applicants with a background in life-sciences, Maths, Statistics or Computing modules at A Level or undergraduate level are desirable, but not essential. For applicants with a background in Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences modules at undergraduate level are essential.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 27th January 2021.


Interviews: On or after 9th February 2021. Candidates interviewed are asked to give a short presentation.

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