Research course

Veterinary Immunology

Institution
University of Liverpool · Faculty of Veterinary Science
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University can be found on our International webpages. Please see www.liv.ac.uk/international for English Language requirements specific to your country. If you meet the academic requirements of the course but do not have the required level of English Language, it is possible for you to come and study at the University on one of our Pre-sessional EAP programmes. Please see the English Language Centre website for further information about these programmes; www.liv.ac.uk/english-language-centre/pre-sessional-eap. If you require additional English Language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre, details of which are available at www.liverpool.ac.uk/english-language-centre.

Months of entry

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

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 (codes IIPR/IIMR/IIMD)
  • Immunology (IMPR/IMMR/IMMD)
  • Veterinary Immunology (VIPR/VIMR)

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

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

PhD

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

Course contact details

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