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Infection and Immunity

University College London (UCL)

36 months
27480 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Infection and Immunity programme from University College London (UCL) offers research training of the highest standards in the UCL Division of Infection & Immunity with the aim of forming the future leaders in the field.


The Principal Investigators offering projects are internationally recognised leaders in infection and immunity, providing a unique opportunity for networking and furthering the students’ careers.

The Division of Infection & Immunity is an internationally renowned centre for research and graduate training in human immunology, pathogen biology and the host-pathogen interaction. 

The division includes the Research Department of Infection and the Institute of Immunity & Transplantation. It has strong international links with American, European, and developing world research centres, including the newly established African Health Research Institute in Durban. We are commited to research-based teaching and host a dynamic community of postgraduate students. 

The Infection and Immunity programme from University College London (UCL) provides research training in basic and translational science and the offering reflects our broad-ranging research expertise. We also have a strong track record in training clinician scientists, supported by fellowships from the Wellcome Trust, MRC and BBSRC.

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.


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.


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.

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27480 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27480 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.


  • UK: £2,845
  • International: £13,750

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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