Immunology

MPhil / PhD / MD

Immunology is the study of host resistance to infection. Without an immune system, humans and animals would be susceptible to overwhelming infection with bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites.

Leading international reputation in infection research, tropical medicine and global health for more than 150 years

The University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health was established to bring together leading medical, veterinary and basic science researchers from across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

It brings me
pleasure to work in a research environment driven by openness, diversity in gender and race, mutual respect and dignity and which definitely provides a fertile ground for international students like me to evolve into independent researchers.

Hari Krishna Bollampalli, PhD student of NIMHAMS - UoL Dual PhD programme.
  • 150

    years of leading international reputation.

  • 156

    research students.

  • £9.5m

    annual research income.

Research at Liverpool

Research in Immunology is based in new laboratories at three sites, the Ronald Ross Building, IC2 and Leahurst. It encompasses studies of the immune responses to and vaccination against a range of bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens including: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis virus, Zika virus, influenza virus, HIV, cytomegalovirus and other herpesviruses, chicken metapneumovirus, Salmonella, Treponema, Onchocerca, Fasciola, cyathostomins, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Toxoplasma and Neospora caninum.

The aims of the research are to investigate the nature of the cellular and humoral immune responses to pathogens of human or veterinary importance and how this knowledge may be used to design vaccines or other immunotherapeutic strategies to benefit clinical and veterinary medicine.

Research themes

We particularly welcome research proposals that match those of our researchers, including:

  • Regulation of immune cell function in infection, including manipulation of immune cell migration by Toxoplasma gondii.
  • Development of 3D tissue culture models to study host-pathogen interactions at the intestinal epithelium.
  • Immunological basis of vaccine-induced protective immunity against bacterial and viral pathogens in humans, including influenza virus, rotavirus, RSV, S. pneumoniae and S. aureus.

Facilities

Techniques used include: tissue and pathogen culture, cell separation, flow cytometry, proliferation assays, ELISA, antibody production, Western blotting, proteomics, PCR and transcriptomic and genomic technologies, including metagenomics, resequencing and genotyping.

 

Research groups

  • Development of 3D tissue culture models to study host-pathogen interactions at the intestinal epithelium. Regulation of immune cell function in infection, including manipulation of immune cell migration by Toxoplasma gondii.
  • Immune dynamics group

Study options and fees

MPhil

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training, planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
PhD

A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study. During your research, you can expect to draw on direct clinical and observational experience to produce an original thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. You'll be part of a research group which matches your research interests. Research groups offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaboration, as well as support and expertise for your research.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
MD

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 2-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

Students will normally have a minimum of a 2:1 class honours degree in a relevant biological science subject, or an equivalent medical, veterinary or dental qualification. Applicants are selected on the basis of their curriculum vitae, qualifications and referees’ reports, together with their perceived ability to complete the programme successfully and on the value of the training offered to their subsequent career plans.

English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

Additional requirements

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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