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Infection and Immunity MPhil/PhD

We offer research training of the highest standards in Infection and Immunity with the aim of forming the future leaders in the field. the PIs offering projects are internationally recognised leaders in infection and immunity, providing a unique opportunity for networking and furthers the students career.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3/4 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

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.

Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Overview

The areas of research are mainly:
  • Infection, which includes a strong virology community, both basic and translational (HIV-1, retroviruses, herpes viruses, hepatitus B and C viruses), clinically orientated research in bacteriology (mycobacterium tuberculosis).
  • Immunology, which includes T cell development and function, aging, innate immunity, host responces to infection, autoimmune diseases (diabetes).
  • Leukaemia and gene therapy approaches to cancer.

Research areas

  • Principal research areas are:
  • Cancer and Leukaemia/Gene Therapy
  • 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

Funding

New four year PhD programme in Infection, Immunity & Transplantation, studentships available. Further information is available at www.ucl.ac.uk/infection-immunity

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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 degree

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Oxford University (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, La Jolla University (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Harvard University (2012)

Employability

A 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. Basic research in infection and immunology is also strong in the division. About 50% of graduates carry on in academia and another 25% choose the medical field as clinician scientists or research scientists in translational research areas. UCL's reputation is also benefits those graduates who choose to enter trial management, science writing/publishing, biotech/pharma, or intellectual/property/patent law.

Networking

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The PhD programme offers rotations into three labs so that students can make an informed choice on the project. We have weekly internal seminars and a yearly PhD colloquium where PhD students present their results. A postgraduate club runs on a term basis where invited speakers, who are leaders in their field (academia, pharma, biotech, law, politics, etc), discuss their career experience. These initiatives facilitate networking and help students to become part of a community in the division.

In addition to the primary supivisor, there is a thesis commity composed of more than two senior faculty memvers with expertise in the area of the project. Through regular meetings with the student, the thesis committee provides advice and support.

Student / staff ratios › 35 staff › 70 taught students › 98 research students

Department: Division of Infection & Immunity

Degree reviews

Student review

"I am convinced that this degree programme will give me a set of skills and a way of thinking that will enable me to apply myself in a wide range of career opportunities."

Therese Liechtenstein

Subject: Infection and Immunity MPhil/PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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