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We have 46 Virology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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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Phenotypomics: Cellular sensors for chemical and biological hazard identification

The project will utilise high end confocal microscopy in conjunction with data science and machine learning techniques to determine whether there are characteristic cellular morphological/physical (phenotype) changes in response to different types of biological and chemical hazards. Read more

Within-host drivers of zoonotic disease dynamics

Project overview. Individuals are host to a diverse set of organisms, including parasite communities of helminths, protozoa, bacteria, and viruses, but how each component interacts is unclear. Read more

One-Flu: Wastewater-Guided Environmental Surveillance Platform to Understand the Ecology of Zoonotic Influenza A Virus (IAV) Threats

As evidenced by the current Covid-19 pandemic, the human population remains highly susceptible to zoonotic viral threats. Novel respiratory-borne, viral pathogens are of particular concern, given their pathogenic potential, ease of transmission, and lack of effective “off-the-shelf” pharmaceutical interventions. Read more

Surveillance, detection, and environmental drivers of avian influenza-like viruses in African birds

Avian influenza is highly contagious, and if it spills over into human populations, could cause future influenza pandemics. When poultry are infected, the animals should be housed under strict biosecurity measures to prevent direct or indirect contact with wild birds. Read more

The evolution of bacterial immune systems, microbiology, evolutionary biology, genetics [PhD Biological Sciences]

Project Description. Recent years have witnessed tremendous developments in a field of biology that studies microbial immune systems, which protect bacteria and archaea from viruses (bacteriophages), plasmids and other selfish mobile genetic elements (MGEs). Read more

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