Research course

Biological Sciences: Immunology

Institution
University of Essex · School of Biological Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

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 content

We 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.

Department specialisms

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

IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

We 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

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
research-bs@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 873 473