Research course

Respiratory 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 subject of Respiratory Diseases covers all aspects of diseases of the respiratory tract, including acute and chronic disorders. In IGH our main focus is on respiratory diseases caused by infectious agents including bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites affecting both humans and animals of economic importance.

Research in Respiratory Diseases is based in new laboratories at three sites: the Ronald Ross Building, IC2 and Leahurst. It encompasses studies of bacterial pathogenesis, bacterial behaviour during infections, host-pathogen interactions, animal models of respiratory infection, markers of severe lung injury. The work covers a range of bacterial pathogens including: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Neisseria meningitidis. We also study Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other pathogens important in Cystic Fibrosis. There is also research into immune responses to influenza virus, with particular reference to vaccine design in relation to protection against pandemic influenza.

Techniques used include: tissue and pathogen culture, animal models, lymphocyte culture, flow cytometry, ELISA, proliferation assays, PCR and transcriptomic and genomic technologies, including metagenomics, resequencing and genotyping.

The aims of the research are to host-pathogen interactions focusing on respiratory pathogens of human or veterinary importance and to use this knowledge to design better therapeutic strategies, diagnostics or vaccines to benefit clinical and veterinary medicine.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-72 months
full time
12-48 months


full time
24-48 months
part time
48-84 months


full time
24-72 months

Course contact details

Eleanor Toole
+44 (0)151 794 9573