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Four-year integrated PhD in Translational Immunology

The University of Southampton and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are proud to announce a new Doctoral Training Partnership in Translational Immunology with projects offered in areas in which we are international leaders including: Cancer Inflammation; Cancer Immunology; Infection and Immunity.

Programme Structure

Year 1

In year 1 you will choose three laboratory rotation projects from either Southampton or QMUL, which will give you the opportunity to work with our research groups who are at the cutting edge of translational immunology. Laboratory rotations are supplemented with taught modules in Statistical Methods (Southampton or QMUL) and Quantitative Cell Biology, which includes a hands-on introduction to bioinformatics techniques and computational modelling, using large clinically-relevant datasets (taught in Southampton with all students to attend*). One pathway specific taught module will be selected by students from either Cancer Immunology (Southampton), Infection and Immunity (Southampton) or Cancer Inflammation (QMUL).

You will receive an intermediate award of MRes after successful completion of the first year. Please note the MRes is not offered for application separately.

Years 2-4

Years 2-4 comprise an original research project in a subject area of your choice, in one of our many laboratories at either partner institution. This project will draw upon experience gained in year 1 and our aim is for you to become an active and valued member of a research laboratory led by one of our many expert scientists.

Funding

Funding is available for a limited number of places. Subject to eligibility, studentships will be paid at a minimum rate of the standard UK Research Council recommended maintenance stipend. For 2015/2016 eligible students enrolling at Southampton receive a stipend of £14,057 pa. Eligible students enrolling at QMUL receive a stipend of £18,500 pa to take account of London’s higher cost of living. Fees will also be covered for eligible students.

Eligible students are as categorised by the MRC. Further information can be found here.

How to apply

This programme is delivered collaboratively so applications must be made to either Southampton or QMUL. Please do NOT apply to both partners.

Applicants must hold a 1st class or upper second class degree in a subject within the life-sciences or physical sciences. For applicants with a background in life-sciences, Maths, Statistics or Computing modules at A Level or undergraduate level are desirable but not essential. For applicants with a background in physical sciences, Biological Sciences modules at undergraduate level are essential.

Informal academic enquiries: For Southampton, please contact Professor Tim Elliott, Professor of Experimental Oncology at [email protected]. For QMUL, please contact Professor John Marshall, Professor of Tumour Biology at [email protected]

Application enquiries: For Southampton, please contact the Graduate School on 023 8120 6685 or [email protected]. For QMUL, please contact Ms Jacqui Frith on 0207 882 5861 or [email protected]

Apply here for The Cell Biology and Immunology of Cancer Pathway at Southampton.

Please quote reference number: IPHDCS/MRCDTP/201617/148 in the supervisor field on the application form.

Apply here for the Immunity and Infection Pathway at Southampton.

Please quote reference number: IPHDII/MRCDTP/201617/149 in the supervisor field on the application form.

Apply here for the Cancer Inflammation Pathway at QMUL.

Closing date

The closing date for applicants wishing to start in October 2016 is Friday 5th February 2016.

*All successful candidates applying to QMUL will be issued with a rail pass to cover the cost of traveling to Southampton.


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