Immunology & Microbial Sciences

King's College London

Ph.D. On Campus
36 months
24570 GBP/year
5850 GBP/year
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The School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences at King's College London lead research, education and training at King's in the related areas of Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Diseases – with the collective goal of improving human health and wellbeing.  


Immunology & Microbial Sciences at King's College London's research focuses on understanding the immune system, and how it functions in times of health and disease.  Our clinical and discovery scientists collaborate widely to work on an inspiring breadth of subjects employing methodologies that span atomic level dissection of molecular and cell function, through to the development of innovative new therapies and clinical trials.  

This multi-disciplinary approach enables us to tackle cutting-edge questions in areas of biology and medicine such as asthma, allergy, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, organ rejection, vaccination, and a range of bacterial and viral infections including HIV and Ebola virus.  

Key facts:

Our School is deeply committed to educating the next generations of scientists, researchers and clinicians.  High-quality teaching and training are delivered through a raft of research-inspired programmes for medical and biomedical science undergraduates, masters and PhD students, clinical trainees and post-doctoral fellows.

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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

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On Campus

Academic requirements

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Upper Second Class

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24570 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24570 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    5850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5850 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


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