University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Immunology and Infection Research

The School's research encompasses a number of overlapping themes: fundamental immunology; immune regulation of disease; molecular biology and genetics of parasites; molecular microbiology; host-pathogen population biology. In fundamental immunology, research looks 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. Immune regulation of disease projects aim 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 and molecular biology of trypanosomes and Leishmania parasites, and proteomics and transcriptomics of helminth worm parasites. In molecular microbiology, research looks at the cell biology and post-genomic functional analysis of intracellular bacterial pathogens including Listeria and Helicobacter; host-pathogen population biology integrates conventional immunology, pathogen research and systems-level quantitative biology, using mathematical approaches in both experimental models and the epidemiology of human and animal infections.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 Honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject; typically, candidates have a good understanding of the field they propose to study, and at least some research experience; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time GBP 18,100 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Part-time GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time GBP 9,050 per Year 1 (International) 6 years
PhD Part-time GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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