Research course

Wellcome Trust Neuro-Immune Interactions in Health and Disease

King's College London · Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine

Entry requirements

You will require at least an upper second class undergraduate degree, or equivalent in a relevant discipline, including but not limited to neuroscience, psychology, immunology and inflammation biology.

Candidates who already hold a Master’s degree can still apply to join the 1+3 Pathway.

Months of entry


Course content

Cross-talk between the nervous and immune systems is critical for survival, and disrupted neuro-immune communication is observed in many debilitating conditions, including chronic inflammatory, neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.

To better understand these conditions, we urgently need a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers that can work across the neuro-immune spectrum. The Wellcome Trust ‘Neuro-Immune Interactions in Health & Disease’ PhD Training Programme is designed to provide the requisite training, using state-of-the-art technologies, cutting-edge science and supervision methods.

In line with Wellcome’s new Research Culture (#ReimagineResearch), we are committed to provide scientific excellence in a positive working environment. Our programme will develop and share practices that bring science and culture together, placing both firmly at the heart of our training strategy and your research journey.

We offer:

  • 6 fully-funded studentships which include a stipend, university fees, research costs, and funds for travel, training and career transitions
  • world-class scientific training, provided in a flexible, student-led fashion, by interdisciplinary co-supervisor teams
  • individualised training and support (including financial) to help you transition out of the programme into your chosen career – be it inside or outside of academia
  • an inclusive training environment: our management team and supervisor pool are diverse and open, and we welcome applicants from communities that are currently under-represented in academia
  • a positive research culture, which includes training on research integrity and data sharing

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Depending on your background, preference and consultation with the programme directors, you can choose one of two pathways through years 1- 4 of this course: 1+3, with three laboratory rotations culminating in an MRes in year 1, followed by a three-year PhD OR 0+4, consisting of a 4-year PhD with compulsory training elements in year 1.

Course contact details

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