As a researcher, you’ll be following in the footsteps of Nobel Prize winners – from malaria pioneer Sir Ronald Ross to the 2001 laureate Sir Paul Nurse – and other great names who have made ground-breaking discoveries over the years.
Our leadership in infectious disease research has emerged alongside the School’s strength in population biology and quantitative genetics. The Immunology and Infection Research programme offered by The University of Edinburgh holds close association with biologists in these areas can be a valuable asset to your work.
Our institute has more than 20 research group leaders, including seven professors. While genetics is a core discipline, our work extends over molecular and cell biology, immunology, evolutionary biology and epidemiology.
Specialised training is available for those working with animals, pathogens, genetically manipulated organisms, and radioactive substances as well as in the use of flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. A programme of transferable skills courses facilitates broader professional development.
Within the Institute students attend seminars and the weekly Immunology Journal Club. Students also attend city-wide meetings of the Edinburgh Immunology Group which includes a student-only discussion with external invited speakers.
Supervisors are an important source of support for our PhD students. You can identify potential supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences website and discuss your PhD proposal with them.
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
In fundamental immunology, we look at how B and T lymphocytes interact and develop in response to antigen challenge, and how responses are initiated by dendritic cells and dampened by regulatory cells.
Helminth, allergy and wound repair models are used to understand immune responses in both practical and evolutionary terms.
Immune regulation of disease projects aims to design immunological interventions to ameliorate pathology or to enhance host immunity, in conjunction with new vaccines against parasites and therapies for autoimmunity.
Work on molecular biology and genetics of parasites focuses on the identification of vaccine candidates and virulence factors in malaria parasites, the cell biology of trypanosomes and proteomics and transcriptomics of helminth worm parasites.
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You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You should have some research experience and be able to demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the field you propose to study.
PhD part-time fees
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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