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 Four Year Integrated PhDs in Cancer, Immunology, Infection and Biomedicine

Four Year PhDs in Cancer, Immunology and Biomedicine

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton has a strong reputation in research, enterprise and education, with an emphasis on translating new discoveries from basic science into clinical innovation. Our four year PhD programmes are designed to produce the next generation of research leaders. Studying high-quality, clinically relevant science will enable you to develop the skills and approaches for a career in academia, health, pharma, and related sectors.

 Four Year Integrated PhDs in Cancer, Immunology, Infection and Biomedicine

Cancer research in Southampton is at the cutting edge of tumour biology and immunology based in our new state of the art Centre for Cancer Immunology and the adjacent CRUK centre. Studies encompass basic and applied immunology, genetics, genomics and mechanisms of disease, including proliferation, invasion and cell death as well as structural biology and molecular simulations. Our research groups, with scientists and collaborators provide exciting projects in rapidly developing areas of research.

Funding has recently become available for a limited number of places on the Phd programme listed below. Subject to eligibility, studentships are based on UK Research Council maintenance stipend rates (~£15,000 or above tax free), plus full UK/EU fees. Self-funding non-UK/EU students may also be accepted.

Available projects

Keanu Eyles Phd studentship “Insight into the origin, behaviour and therapy of follicular lymphomas by bioinformatic and functional analysis of modified tumour BCRs” with Dr Francesco Forconi

“Understanding the relationship between the breadth of the anti-cancer CD8 T cell response and successful immunotherapy” with Professor Aymen Al’Shamkhani and Dr Edd James

In addition there will be a number of places awarded on our Integrated Phd in Cancer Immunology, for which the project choice is student-led following the completion of 3 student selected lab-based rotations in Year 1.

Course structure

In year 1, three lab rotations are undertaken alongside advanced research skills modules, including Statistical Methods and Quantitative Cell Biology with practical introduction to bioinformatics techniques and computational modelling, using large clinically-relevant datasets. Successful completion of year 1 is marked with the award of MRes.

Years 2-4 comprises an in-depth research project that utilises experience gained in year 1 and empowers you to become a member of a high impact research group, interacting with biologists, clinicians, bioengineers and physical scientists through the highly collaborative life sciences interface at the University of Southampton.


Application enquiries: contact the Graduate School on 023 8120 6685 or [email protected].

Apply here

Informal academic enquiries: please contact Prof Mark Cragg, at [email protected] Quote reference number: IPHDCS/202021/627 in the supervisor field on the application form.

Closing date: 20th April

Interviews: Applicants invited to interview will be asked to give a short presentation as part of the selection process.

 Four Year Integrated PhDs in Cancer, Immunology, Infection and Biomedicine

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