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 is 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, informatics, science policy and related sectors.
Cancer research in Southampton is at the cutting edge of tumour biology and immunology. Studies encompass topics from basic and applied immunology to genetics, genomics and mechanisms of disease, including proliferation, invasion and cell death. Our research groups, with scientists and clinical collaborators, provide exciting projects in rapidly developing areas of research with a focus on translation to the clinic.
In Clinical and Experimental Sciences, our scientists work with clinicians to unravel fundamental mechanisms of disease to discover more effective therapies for human infectious disease, to develop more effective diagnostic markers and improve treatments for diseases affecting the lungs, joints, skin, liver, pancreas, gut and the urogenital tract. Projects range from the molecular cell biology of infection and immunology to genetics, molecular epidemiology, environmental pollution and lung imaging.
Both Pathways: 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.
Funding is available for a limited number of places. Subject to eligibility, studentships are based on UK Research Council maintenance stipend rates (~£14,853) plus full UK fees. Self-funding students may also be accepted.
Similar studentships in Translational Immunology, Inflammation and Cancer are advertised on our MRC doctoral training partnership with Queen Marys University of London.
Application enquiries: contact the Graduate School on 023 8120 6685 or [email protected]
Apply here for The Cell Biology and Immunology of Cancer Pathway. Informal academic enquiries: please contact Prof Mark Cragg, at [email protected] Quote reference number: IPHDCS/201819/247 in the supervisor field on the application form.
Apply here for the Immunity and Infection Pathway. Informal academic enquiries: please contact Dr Jane Collins [email protected] Quote reference number: IPHDCS/201819/247 in the supervisor field on the application form.
Closing date for start in October 2018 is Friday 26th January 2018.
Interviews: 20th February 2018. Applicants invited to interview will be asked to give a short presentation as part of the selection process.