Immunity and Infection PhD/MD/MSc by Research

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We have a large community of academic, research and support staff and postgraduate students, and an annual turnover of approximately £8 million support for research. Our research is grouped into the following four themes: Immune Regulation; Inflammation and Inflammatory Disease; Stem Cell Biology and Gene Regulation; and Bacterial Infections, Pathogenesis and Antibiotic Resistance.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time; MSc by Research – 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; MD – 2 years minimum part-time

Start date: Research degrees may start at any time of the year, though for most this will be September


College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School:

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005


We have a large community of academic, research and support staff and postgraduate students, and an annual turnover of approximately £8 million support for research

Our research is themed as follows:

Fees and funding

Standard fees apply, although bench fees are levied for research degrees according to the nature of the project.
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Scholarships and studentships
Funding is available from major sponsors including MRC, BBSRC, the Wellcome Trust and local endowments. For postgraduate studentships in Immunity and Infection, please contact the School directly. For general scholarship enquiries email

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry requirements

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

Standard English language requirements apply.

How to apply

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Research interests of staff

Before submitting an application to the University, you will need to identify potential supervisors in your desired field of research in order that you can indicate this in your application. There will be a delay in processing your application if this information is not provided. To do this, you can browse the “research interests” tab on the course finder pages which identifies research leads by subject area.

Alternatively you can:

  • Search for an advertised postgraduate research opportunity via our Doctoral Researchers search engine
  • Browse the school websites. Most schools provide a list of research active staff and their research interests on their website

Immune Regulation 

Cellular and molecular interactions in in vivo inducing and regulating immune responses

Professor Peter Lane
Dr Jorge Caamaňo
Dr Kai-Michael Toellner
Dr David Withers

Thymocyte/stromal cell interactions in T cell development and selection

Professor Graham Anderson
Professor Eric Jenkinson
Dr William Jenkinson
Dr Nick Jones

Chemokine regulation of immune responses

Professor Antal Rot

T cell differentiation and regulation in autoimmune diabetes 

Dr Lucy Walker

Molecular and cellular biology of T cell regulation

Professor Dave Sansom

Immune regulation for bacterial infection

Professor Adam Cunningham
Dr Calman MacLennan
Dr David Lammas

Clinical and diagnostic immunology 

Professor Mark Drayson
Dr Mark Cobbold
Dr Sylvie Freeman


Inflammation and Inflammatory Disease 

Inflammatory liver disease

Professor David Adams
Dr Patricia Lalor
Dr Simon Afford
Dr Gideon Hirshfield
Dr Ye Oo
Dr Shishir Shetty
Dr Zania Stamataki

Hepatitis C immunobiology

Professor Jane McKeating
Dr Peter Balfe

Inflammatory joint disease 

Professor Chris Buckley
Professor Andy Clark
Dr Steve Young
Dr Karim Raza
Dr Dagmar Scheel Toellner
Dr Francesca Barone
Dr Andrew Filer
Dr Ben Fisher
Dr Helen McGettrick
Dr Paolo de Pablo

Immunesenescence and chronic inflammation 

Professor Janet Lord

Systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases – systemic lupus erythematosus 

Dr Caroline Gordon

Mechanisms of dysregulated neutrophil and lymphocyte function during pathogenesis of autoimmune renal disease, particularly vasculitis

Professor Lorraine Harper
Dr Matt Morgan

The involvement of lymphocytes, cytokines and chemokines in uveitis (inflammatory eye disease)

Professor Philip Murray

Infectious and immune-mediated ocular surface diseases 

Miss Saaeha Rauz

Inflammation at sites of immune privilege; the role of pathogenic and regulatory T cells

Dr S John Curnow
Dr Graham Wallace

Stem Cell Biology and Gene Regulation 

Transcriptional regulation of adult and embryonic stem cells in health and disease

Professor Jon Frampton
Dr Padma-Sheela Jayaraman
Dr Paloma Garcia

Stem cells and liver disease

Dr Phil Newsome

Epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation

Professor Peter Cockerill
Dr Laura O'Neill 
Dr Karl Nightingale

Chromatin remodelling and transcriptional regulation of Drosophila blood development 

Dr Paul Badenhorst

Control mechanisms in angiogenesis

Professor Roy Bicknell 
Dr Victoria Heath

Regulation of haematopoietic cell differentiation

Dr Geoffrey Brown

Bacterial Infections, Pathogenesis and Antibiotic Resistance

Antimicrobial action and resistance

Professor Laura Piddock
Professor Tim Mitchell
Professor Peter Hawkey
Professor Ian Henderson
Dr Mark Webber 
Dr Vassiliy Bavro

Immune responses to infection and vaccine development

Professor Adam Cunningham
Dr Calman MacLennan 
Professor Ian Henderson

Mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis

Professor Ian Henderson
Professor Laura Piddock

Nosocomial infections

Professor Peter Hawkey
Professor Laura Piddock

Related research


College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School:

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005


Following graduation, Postgraduate Researchers in the College MDS gain employment in a variety of areas though with a majority continuing in research, mostly in Academia but also in the Health,  Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology sectors.  Others pursue careers in Education, Publishing, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Innovation, Business, and more besides.

Find out more about where our postgraduate students go


College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School:

You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005