Infection and Immunity MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Principal research areas are:
  • Cytomegalovirus and transplantation
  • Computational immunology and bioinformatics
  • Innate immunity
  • Herpes viruses
  • HIV and retroviruses
  • Host-pathogen interaction
  • Virus evolution and drug resistance
  • Immunity to hepatitis
  • Immunology of ageing
  • Primary immune deficiency
  • Tuberculosis
  • Autoimmune diabetes
  • Immune regulation

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or an appropriate Master’s degree.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450


MRC studentships, usually 2–3 each year. Further information is available at

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Recent graduates have secured postdoctoral positions in universities or research institutions in the UK, Europe, the US and Middle East. Others are working in research and development for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies or in scientific journalism, patent law, health consultancy and management.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • NHS Royal Free Hospital, Clinical Scientist, 2011
  • Royal Veterinary College, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2011
  • Mount Sinai Medical School , Post-Doctorate Fellow, 2011
  • UCL, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, 2011
  • Imperial College London, Research Associate, 2011


A major strength of the division is its position at the interface between basic research and clinical medicine, fostered by UCL partners, a consortium bringing together UCL with major Trust hospitals in the area. Graduates of the doctoral programme are therefore particularly strongly placed to enter translational research areas, whether as clinical scientists (for medically qualified) or research scientists. UCL's reputation is also benefits those graduates who choose to enter trial management, science writing/publishing, biotech/pharma, or intellectual/property/patent law.


Doctoral research training is always supervised by leading international experts in their fields, and the research is routinely presented at the major international meetings in each discipline. As a result, students are provided with direct personal contacts to the key people in their areas of expertise, and regularly obtain postdoctoral appointments at all the most prestigious research centres (e.g. Harvard, Stanford etc.). The pportunity to spend periods of time in other laboratories worldwide (recent examples include Yale, Stanford, Cape Town) also offers strong opportunities to broaden the student contact base.

Next steps


Ms Isabel Lubeiro

T: +44 (0)20 3108 2133 ext. 52133


Division of Infection & Immunity

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Prospectus subject

Infection and Immunity

Faculty overview

Medical Sciences


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