Research course

Immunology

Institution
University of Liverpool · Faculty of Medicine
Qualifications
PhDMPhilMD

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

Anytime

Course content

Immunology is the study of host resistance to infection. Without an immune system, humans and animals would be susceptible to overwhelming infection with bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. In IGH we study the immune response to infection in both humans and animals of economic importance.

Subject Overview

Research in Immunology is based in new laboratories at three sites, the Ronald Ross Building, IC2 and Leahurst. It encompasses studies of the immune responses to and vaccination against a range of bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens including: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis virus,HIV,cytomegalovirus and other herpesviruses, chicken metapneumovirus, Salmonella, Treponema, Onchocerca, Fasciola, cyathostomins, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Toxoplasma and Neospora caninum. Techniques used include: tissue and pathogen culture, cell separation, flow cytometry, proliferation assays, ELISA, antibody production, Western blotting, proteomics, PCR and transcriptomic and genomic technologies, including metagenomics, resequencing and genotyping.

The aims of the research are to investigate the nature of the cellular and humoral immune responses to pathogens of human or veterinary importance and how this knowledge may be used to design vaccines or other immunotherapeutic strategies to benefit clinical and veterinary medicine.

Available programmes for Immunology research are:

  • Infection & Immunity
  • Immunology
  • Veterinary Immunology

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    24-48 months
      part time
      48-84 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24-72 months
          full time
          12-48 months
          • MD
            full time
            24-72 months
            • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

          Course contact details

          Name
          PG Recruitment
          Email
          pgrecruitment@liverpool.ac.uk
          Phone
          +44 (0)151 794 5927