Research course

Animal Infection and Immunity

University of Nottingham · Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

1st or 2:1 degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject; evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience may also be considered.

Months of entry

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

Course content

Research in Infection and Immunity is wide ranging and involves bacterial pathogens, including Salmonella (Barrow, Jones, Foster, Tötemeyer), Campylobacter (Jones, Barrow) and Lawsonia (McOrist), viruses including Equine Herpes Virus (Kydd, Hannant) and Equine Arteritis Virus (Hannant), and Sarcocystis and Besnoitia parasites (El-Sheikha). Hosts studied range from pigs and poultry, through mice, to horses and dogs.

Particular emphasis is placed on interactions between pathogen and host and how this can be exploited via stimulation of either the adaptive or innate immune response. The new technologies of genome sequencing and post-genomic gene expression analysis, including microarrays, are exploited as are novel approaches to infection control.

The School plays an important part in the collaborative BBSRC / SEERAD-funded programme "The Immunological Toolbox", which is developing reagents and assays that are making significant contributions to research progress in many areas of veterinary immunology, both nationally and internationally.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element) for clinical projects and 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) for science projects.

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Life Sciences web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0) 115 951 5559