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Introducing the Integrated PhD The Cell Biology and Immunology of Cancer pathway Immunity and Infection pathway
Funded 4 year Integrated PhD in Biomedical Science - Immunity and Infection pathway

Funded 4 year Integrated PhD in Biomedical Science

Immunity and Infection pathway

Integrated PhD in Immunity and Infection

Clinical and basic scientists at the University work closely together to unravel the fundamental mechanisms of disease, to develop better diagnostic markers and discover more effective therapies for human infectious disease and diseases affecting the lungs, joints, skin, liver, pancreas, gut, and the urogenital tract. You will become a member of one of our high impact research groups, with opportunities to interact with biologists, clinicians, bioengineers and physical scientists through the highly collaborative life sciences interface at the University of Southampton.

In year 1 you will choose three laboratory rotation projects within the Clinical and Experimental Sciences Academic Unit ranging from the molecular cell biology of infection and immunology to genetics, molecular epidemiology, environmental pollution and lung imaging. Laboratory rotations are supplemented with taught specialist and 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 comprise an in-depth research project in an area of immunity and infection research, which will draw upon experience gained in year 1. Our aim is for you to become an active and valued member of a research lab led by one of our many expert scientists.

Studying high-quality basic science delivered in a clinically relevant way, will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required


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 (£14,296 in 2016/2017) plus UK fees. Students may also be accepted on a self-funding basis. Contact our Graduate School Office on 023 81206685 or email [email protected] for more information.

Further information and how to apply

Click here for further information on the programme.

Apply here for the Immunity and Infection Pathway and please quote reference IPhD/I&I/201718/246 within the proposed supervisor section of the application form.

Informal enquiries:

Please contact Dr Jane Collins, at [email protected] or
Prof Donna Davies at [email protected]

Closing date

The closing date for applicants wishing to start in September 2017 is Friday 27th January 2017.


Interviews will take place on 15th February 2017. Applicants invited to interview will be asked to give a short presentation as part of the selection process.

Would you like more information? Find out more about our research here.

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