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Four-year integrated PhD in Translational Immunology

Four-year integrated PhD in Translational Immunology

The University of Southampton and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are proud to offer their Doctoral Training Partnership in Translational Immunology with projects in research topics where we are international leaders including: Cancer Inflammation; Cancer Immunology; Immunity and Infection.

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), Immunity and Infection (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 2016/2017 eligible students enrolling at Southampton receive a stipend of £14,296 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 Dr Jane Collins, Associate Professor in Molecular Cell Biology at [email protected]. For QMUL, please contact Dr Katiuscia Bianchi at [email protected].

Application enquiries: For Southampton, please contact the Graduate School on 023 8120 6685 or [email protected]. For QMUL, please contact Ms Olivia Cooper on 0207 882 2081 or [email protected].

Apply here for The Cell Biology and Immunology of Cancer Pathway at Southampton. Please quote reference number: IPHDCS/MRCDTP/201718/148 in the supervisor field on the application form.

Apply here for the Immunity and Infection Pathway at Southampton. Please quote reference number: IPHDII/MRCDTP/201718/149 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 September 2017 is Friday 27th January 2017.

Interviews

Interviews will take place on 28th February 2017. Applicants invited to interview will be asked to give a short presentation as part of the selection process.

*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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