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Virology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 39 Virology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

PhD in Virology

A PhD in Virology would provide you with the chance to lead your own research project that will further our current understanding of viruses. Whether you’re researching the response of the human immune system to a given virus, attempting to use viruses to deliver therapeutics, or working on a vaccine, you’ll be aiming to improve and save lives.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Virology? 

Doing a PhD in Virology, you’ll become proficient in the laboratory with techniques including fluorescent antibody staining, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and cell culture. You’ll spend time reading around your research area and gain inspiration for methods to improve your experimental work.

Some typical research topics in Virology include:

  • Investigating viral replication
  • Assessing the impact of co-infection on an organism
  • Vaccine development
  • Developing novel therapies using viruses
  • Improving methods of viral detection
  • Studying the immune response to a certain virus

Almost all Virology PhD projects are advertised with the main research goal pre-determined. Many of these projects come with full funding attached, though some may require you to self-fund. Finding your own funding can be challenging since you must pay both PhD and bench fees. Self-funding and the difficulty finding a supervisor with research interest similar to yours, who also has the right equipment for your work.

During an ordinary workday, you’ll be in the laboratory performing, preparing or planning experiments, writing up sections of your thesis, and chatting to your colleagues and supervisor about your current and upcoming work.

To be awarded your PhD, you’ll need to submit a thesis of approximately 60,000 words and you’ll defend this during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Virology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, with some experience in microbiology, at Merit or Distinction level. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency. 

PhD in Virology funding options 

The research council responsible for funding Virology 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 Virology 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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Once bitten, twice shy: the impact of helminth infection on viral immunity

About the Project. SUMMARY. Although studies suggest that soil-transmitted helminth (STH)-infections influence human papillomavirus (HPV) infection (once bitten), it is not known how STH infection influence how they then deal with repeated exposure to the virus (twice shy). Read more

Informing transboundary disease spread with animal movement technology

This fully funded 3.5 year PhD training programme provides unique inter-disciplinary training in transboundary disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling and statistics, animal movement, and health economics. Read more

Investigation of host-virus interactions

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology invites applications from prospective postgraduate researchers who wish to commence study for a PhD in the academic year 2023/24 in the area of molecular virology. Read more

Viral manipulation of host cell biology for biogenesis and immune evasion.

This project will investigate mechanisms of assembly, secretion and immune subversion adopted by (+)RNA viruses, with a particular emphasis on Dengue/Zika from the flavivirus and SARS-CoV-2 from the coronavirus families. Read more

Employing molecular virology to investigate hepatitis E virus replication

This project is available to self funded candidates only. The Herod lab has a broad interest in virus replication, with a particular interest in studying single-stranded positive-sense RNA viruses important for human and animal health. Read more

Viral-surface interactions studied by vibrational sum-frequency spectroscopy

The recent COVID-19 pandemic, and in particular fomite transmission of the virus, led to a lot of interest in how viral particles attached to surfaces, their survival times on different materials and how they transferred to hosts. Read more

Predicting the Evolution of Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 Viruses

Our research focus is to design and develop analytical, computational, and mathematical methods to understand the fundamental processes that govern the evolution of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses. Read more

Developing an AI-driven BCI-based neurofeedback device to treat chronic post-viral fatigue syndrome

The Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex is offering one PhD research Scholarship for a student to participate in a joint project with g.tec (gtec.at), NHS, and BT. Read more

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