University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

Respiratory Diseases

This course encompasses studies of bacterial pathogenesis, bacterial behaviour during infections, host-pathogen interactions, animal models of respiratory infection, markers of severe lung injury. The work covers a range of bacterial pathogens including: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Neisseria meningitidis. Students can also study Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other pathogens important in Cystic Fibrosis. There is also research into immune responses to influenza virus, with particular reference to vaccine design in relation to protection against pandemic influenza. Techniques used include: tissue and pathogen culture, animal models, lymphocyte culture, flow cytometry, ELISA, proliferation assays, PCR and transcriptomic and genomic technologies, including metagenomics, resequencing and genotyping. The aims of the research are to host-pathogen interactions focusing on respiratory pathogens of human or veterinary importance and to use this knowledge to design better therapeutic strategies, diagnostics or vaccines to benefit clinical and veterinary medicine.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is a good first degree in a relevant scientific subject.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years
MD Full-time - 4 years
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Liverpool L3 5PS North West

Key information

Postgraduate Recruitment
Telephone number: 
0151 794 5927