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Infection and Immunity MPhil/PhD

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

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

UK/EU:
£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)

Application dates

The application process for the PhD programme in Infection, Immunity & Transplantation opens in December; students are shortlisted and interviewed in January. Applications to other PhD schemes may start at any time of the year. In this case, dailiness are dictated by individual funding arrangements. PhD students typically start in September. 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, herpesviruses, hepatitis B and C viruses), clinically oriented research in bacteriology (mycobacterium tuberculosis)
  • Immunology, which includes T cell development and function, aging, innate immunity, host responses to infection, autoimmune diseases (diabetes)
  • Leukaemia and gene therapy approaches to treat cancer.

Research areas

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

Funding

UK/EU students can apply to MRC studentships to do a PhD in the Division of Infection & Immunity via the UCL-Birbeck MRC Doctoral Training programme.

In addition, we welcome applications from overseas students who have won competitive scholarships to train abroad.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.

SLMS Student Conference Fund

Value:
(1)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

More scholarships are listed on 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, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, UCL
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, University of Oxford
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, La Jolla University, USA

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 hospital trusts in the area. Basic research in infection and immunology is also strong in the Division. About 60% of our 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 also benefits those graduates who choose to enter clinical 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 the most prestigious research centres (for example, Harvard and Stanford). The opportunity to spend periods of time in other laboratories worldwide (recent examples include Yale, Stanford and Cape Town) also offers strong opportunities to broaden the student contact base.

Why study this degree at UCL?

In addition to a vibrant and collaborative research community, we have weekly internal seminars and a yearly PhD colloquium where PhD students present their results. A postgraduate club runs on a termly 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 supervisor, there is a thesis community composed of more than two senior faculty members 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 › 92 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

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.

Application deadlines

The application process for the PhD programme in Infection, Immunity & Transplantation opens in December; students are shortlisted and interviewed in January. Applications to other PhD schemes may start at any time of the year. In this case, dailiness are dictated by individual funding arrangements. PhD students typically start in September. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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