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Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 306 Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK



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We have 306 Immunology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

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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Dissecting the properties of immune cells that contribute to inflammation and tissue damage in Behçet’s disease.

Behçet's Disease (BD) is a rare multisystem hyper-inflammatory disorder with numerous symptoms including mouth and genital ulcers, eyes, and blood vessels inflammation, skin rashes, joints swelling, and involvement of digestive or central nervous systems (1). Read more

Targeting metabolism to enhance the efficacy of epigenetic therapies for the treatment of lymphoma

Follicular lymphoma is a cancer of B-lymphocytes which is diagnosed in approximately 2,200 patients in the UK each year. Despite recent advances in treatment, follicular lymphoma remains incurable, with some patients surviving only a few years. Read more

Investigating the biopsychosocial mechanisms of resilience

Resilience can be defined as the dynamic process of positive adaptation following trauma exposure (i.e. ‘resilience mechanism’) and can be evaluated based on an individual’s level of well-being in response to adversity (i.e. Read more

Fluorescent nanoparticle arrays for label-free monitoring of immunotherapy for bladder cancer

Download the full project proposal PDF here. The biological response to cancer therapy is extremely varied and complex. As a result, designing tools which monitor perturbations of specific proteins or nucleic acids in liquid biopsies can be challenging and often lead to low specificities and/or sensitivities. Read more

EASTBIO Genome-wide investigation of bovine respiratory virus infection and host defence

  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
BACKGROUND. Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) – commonly known as “shipping fever” - affects millions of feedlot calves every year and, in addition to causing significant animal welfare issues, is a major cause of economic loss throughout the world. Read more

Molecular Modelling of P2X receptor function

Extracellular ATP is a key signalling molecule in many physiological processes including immune response and neurotransmission. It acts on P2X receptors (P2XR), a family of ligand-gated ion channels, which are activated upon binding of extracellular ATP. Read more

The Evolution of Virus Topology

  Research Group: Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP)
Zoonotic diseases by definition move from animal reservoirs into humans. Once circulating in humans, they adapt to their new environment. Read more
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Molecular mechanisms of T Cell Receptor-independent T cell function

About the Project. The Babraham Institute is a world-leader in fundamental biological research investigating the systems that underpin development and healthy ageing. Read more

Macrophage functions during repair and organogenesis

  Research Group: Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP)
Macrophages are highly migratory immune cells capable of engulfing and removing dead cells, debris and pathogens. Read more

Genetic and structural analysis of pilin-associated adhesins of Neisseria

Type IV pili are major adhesins of many bacterial organisms. Adhesion by these structures is usually mediated by adhesin proteins located at the tip of a pilus that can extend a significant distance from the bacterial surface. Read more

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