At least upper second class honours degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.
PhD, MPhil, MSc by dissertation.
Months of entry
January, April, October
Course contentWe offer supervision in all areas of staff expertise in immunology. This includes projects involving understanding a variety of cell-membrane receptors in infection and immunity. For example, investigating how gram-negative bacteria infect cells, how macrophages respond to bacteria and what leads to 'septic shock syndrome' and multiple organ failure.
Our projects also look at the relationship between the maternal immune system during pregnancy and its influence in embryonic development and fetal tolerance. We employ a range of physical techniques including single cell bioimaging, proteomics, surface plasmon resonance and other immunological approaches.
We also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject and part-time research study is also available.
Our Department of Biological Sciences has an international reputation for our outstanding record of teaching and research. We are a large department with friendly and supportive staff, in our 2010 National Student Satisfaction Survey we were ranked third in the UK for the subject area 'biology and related sciences'.
We have a range of research groups working on important international and national problems using cutting-edge techniques. The quality of our work is reflected in the large number of publications in high profile academic journals, such as Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy USA, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular Cell, Plant Cell, Limnology and Oceanography and Environmental Microbiology. In addition, several of our staff have active leadership roles in learned societies and are editors of leading biological science journals.
Biochemistry and biophysics; bioinformatics and computational chemistry; cell and molecular biology; ecology; environmental chemistry; molecular medicine; molecular microbial ecology; photosynthesis, plant productivity and plant molecular biology.
Information for international students
Fees and fundingWe offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see: www.essex.ac.uk.
Qualification and course duration
MSc by research
Course contact details
- Graduate Administrator
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