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Virology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

We have 74 Virology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

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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CSC studentship: Understanding Human Cytomegalovirus Latency to Target the Latent Reservoir

  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a herpes virus carried by the majority of the world's population in a dormant state known as 'latency'. Read more

CSC studentship: Engineering the phage T5 genome: what are the limits?

Bacteriophage T5 is a model coliphage with a 120 kb linear double-stranded DNA genome arranged into pre-early, early and late transcription units, encoding in total around 160 proteins and 20-25 tRNAs. Read more

Molecular characterization of suicidal phage-resistance mechanisms in bacteria

Additional Supervisor. Dr Abhinav Koyamangalath Vadakkepat. Importance . The proliferation of antibiotic resistance (AMR) is a formidable health challenge, accounting for 700,000 deaths annually1,2. Read more

The impact of bacterial metabolism on successful bacteriophage infection

Bacteriophages, or phages are bacterial viruses and the most abundant and diverse biological entities on Earth. Throughout the biosphere they outnumber their bacterial hosts by at least 10 to 1 and strikingly, most of the functions of most genes encoded by phages remains unknown. Read more

New disease prevention strategies targeting BK polyomavirus infection informed by whole-genome CRISPR-knockout screening and/or apical extrusion.

BK virus is a ubiquitous childhood infection that persists in the kidney throughout adult life. BK virus reactivation under immunosuppression is responsible for one third of kidney transplant failures and a three-fold greater risk of bladder cancer in kidney transplant recipients. Read more

Evolution and prediction of viral trajectories in animal populations using systems epidemiology approaches

There is a large diversity of viruses in animal reservoir populations which do not necessarily cause severe disease in their natural hosts. However, spillover into other kept animal and human populations can result in outbreaks, epidemics and even pandemics. Important ongoing questions about this process include. Read more

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