Research course

Gastrointestinal Diseases

University of Liverpool · University of Liverpool

Entry requirements

Students will normally have a minimum of a 2:1 class honours degree in a relevant biological science subject, or an equivalent medical, veterinary or dental qualification. Applicants are selected on the basis of their curriculum vitae, qualifications and referees’ reports, together with their perceived ability to complete the programme successfully and on the value of the training offered to their subsequent career plans.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Gastrointestinal Infections Group has a long-standing programme of research in infectious causes of gastroenteritis in children and adults. Gastroenteritis remains a major global health problem, and our work aims to describe the burden and epidemiological features of gastrointestinal disease attributable to globally important pathogens. We investigate interventions aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality associated with gastroenteritis, including vaccination.

Subject Overview

Our research includes clinical and molecular epidemiological studies of gastrointestinal pathogens causing infections in adults and children in the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Our multidisciplinary team includes clinically-qualified researchers and basic scientists, epidemiologists and statisticians working together to address a range of scientific questions. These include the detection, genetic diversity, evolution, and epidemiology of a wide range of enteric pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Key pathogens of interest currently include rotavirus, norovirus, campylobacter and cryptosporidium. Our work also addresses disease prevention including the impact of interventions such as rotavirus vaccination.

We work at the University of Liverpool City and Leahurst campuses. We have strong collaborations locally (with NHS Trusts and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine), nationally (with the Health Protection Agency) and internationally (with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA and Nagasaki University, Japan). Our international field work is primarily based at the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW) in Blantyre, Malawi. We also work with collaborators in Nepal and Brazil.

Opportunities for a PhD, MPhil or MD by research are sometimes available by competitive application, and we host and train clinical and non-clinical research fellows funded though Wellcome Trust and NIHR training fellowships.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time: £4,195, Part-time: £2,098 (2017)

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927