Research course

Immunology

Institution
The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement for MPhil study is a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a Lower Second class honours degree supplemented by appropriate relevant experience, may be acceptable. The standard entry requirement for PhD study is a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a Lower Second class honours degree supplemented by a Masters degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

Appropriate control of the immune system is essential for a number of reasons. In the context of infectious disease and cancer, it is important to generate immune responses to counter these threats. Excessive immune responses against infectious agents, however, can themselves be a cause of pathology. Other causes of immune mediated pathology are immune responses against self, which lead to autoimmunity, or against harmless antigens, which lead to allergy or hypersensitivity. It is therefore important to understand how the immune system is regulated. CD4 T cells are considered primary co-ordinators of adaptive immune responses, with dendritic cells and cytokines playing crucial roles in determining CD4 T cell function. Understanding the interactions of these elements will not only help in the development of approaches to manipulate the immune system to induce the appropriate responses against infectious agents and tumours, but also to prevent inappropriate responses against self and harmless chemicals.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

Fees and funding

PhD funding is offered annually via Research Council studentships, and several studentships are available from charities, internal funds and some industrial sponsored awards. The eligibility criteria and level of the awards are subject to change so please check the Faculty of Life Sciences website for current information.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Faculty of Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Office
Email
pgresearch.lifesciences@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 161 275 5608
Fax
+44 (0) 161 275 5657