Postgraduate Research

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The School of Immunity and Infection has a number of major research groups including:

Research areas
Ageing research and health Angiogenesis Bacterial infections, pathogenesis
and antibiotic resistance
Clinical immunology Gene regulation (epigenetics) Human virology
Inflammation and
inflammatory disease
Liver research Ophthalmology (inflammatory
eye disease)
Rheumatology Stem cell biology and
gene regulation
Thymus research and
T cell development

Our students work within internationally recognised research groups with supervision by both clinical and non clinical staff. All of the above-mentioned groups conduct co-investigations with other Schools, Universities and international collaborators. 

The School has both clinical and non clinical graduate students working in a multi-disciplinary environment based at the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital with access to state of the art facilities and key technologies. We employ a high number of young investigators with independent fellowships, and postdocs who are undertaking projects funded by major UK and international research councils.

Our main graduate degree is a 4 year PhD.  The first year has a mixture of taught elements and short research projects introducing fundamental research skills and training in key technologies, with the following 3 years being more specialised.  Many of our PhD students are funded by specific schemes including the MRC, Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and the EU Marie Curie scheme.  Some of these places are available to non-UK applicants.


GeoffreyBrownSchool Director of Graduate Studies
Dr Geoff Brown
Tel: 0121 414 4082

Postgraduate Administrator
Vikki Harrison
Tel: 0121 414 6944