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Immunology, Infection & Inflammatory Disease (DIIID) (Research Division), Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #33 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Division uses a range of techniques from molecular genetics and biochemistry to clinical trial design to better understand the dynamic interplay between host defence mechanisms and viral and microbial determinants.
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These studies have exposed novel determinants of host protection against HIV-AIDS virus, and revealed how the virus depends upon key components of cell biology such as those that direct cell division. 

We examine what fails when host defence mechanisms mistakenly target uninfected tissues, causing autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Type I Diabetes, and ask how such mechanisms respond to tumours.

One major focus is on a refined understanding of the function and turnover of monocytes; another on the characterization of a novel lymphoid stress-surveillance response; a third on the recognition of microbial infection; and a fourth on the nature of T cell dysregulation that underpins MHC-restricted autoimmune diseases. 

We actively consider practical approaches to enhancing host responses to pathogens and to limiting autoimmunity, and we contribute to clinical trials novel approaches to measuring disease course and treatment outcome.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Major research programmes include:
  • The study of lymphoid stress-surveillance in tumour rejection and in graft rejection;
  • The mechanisms of action of human regulatory T cells;
  • T cell development in the thymus;
  • Factors that regulate the threshold for lymphocyte responses;
  • Monocyte and dendritic cell function and development;
  • The maturation of B cell responses in tissues;
  • Approaches to immunotherapy;
  • RNA trafficking and metabolism and its roles as in host defense and HIV pathogenesis;
  • Viral budding mechanisms;
  • Innate, cell-autonomous anti-viral responses and pattern recognition;
  • Antigen non-specific activation of innate immunity;
  • Leukocyte trafficking;
  • B cell and T cell responses that operate at the body's surfaces;
  • Vaccine and adjuvant design for both immunoprotection (infection / tumours);
  • Immunosuppression (autoimmune disease);
  • Hospital acquired infections and multi-centre clinical trialsViral vectors and genetic therapies.

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

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).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in a relevant subject.
  • A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's of Science degree with Merit or above. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22050 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22050 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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