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Integrated PhD Biomedical Science - Immunity and Infection

Our four year Integrated PhD programme reflects some of the major research strengths of the University, and is available in three pathways.

Introducing your degree

Our four year Integrated PhD in Biomedical Science - Immunity and Infection degree has been designed to produce the next generation of leaders in immunity and infection research, some of the major research strengths of the University of Southampton. The PhD degree programme provides broad training in the intellectual and practical basis of scientific research as well as a focused individual research experience. The combination of a choice of laboratory rotations and a three year project offers an enhanced student experience to better prepare you for a career in scientific research.

Our four year Integrated PhD in Biomedical Science has been designed to produce the next generation of leaders in immunity and infection research, some of the major research strengths of the University of Southampton.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

 

To Apply

Application deadlines for funded positions and our Integrated PhD may apply. These will be stated on the relevant webpage / advert. All available studentships are advertised on the website www.findaphd.com, including the Integrated PHD Studentships.

If you would like more information on application deadlines for the next academic year please contact the Faculty of Medicine Graduate School: fmed-pgr-apply@southampton.ac.uk

Closing dates and interviews

All Integrated PhD Pathways Studentships will be advertised on www.findaphd.com and interviews will take place in the New Year.

Applicants invited to interview will be asked to give a short presentation as part of the selection process.

For more information please contact the Faculty of Medicine Graduate School: fmed-pgr-apply@southampton.ac.uk

Key facts

You can apply using our online form. Find out more about applying for postgraduate study. You will also need to provide us with transcripts and references. You can select a pathway from the three available.  

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Listen to some of our students talking about our Integrated PhD Biomedical Science

Duration

Four years full time.

An intermediate award of MRes is made after successful completion of the first year.

Typical entry requirements

An upper second-class Honours degree (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University).

Selection process

English language: IELTS 7.0 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University is required for speakers of other languages.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Studying high-quality basic science delivered in a clinically relevant way, will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for a career in academia, health, industry and a range of other related sectors. 

In Year 1 you will chose 3 rotation placement in the "Clinical and Experimental Sciences" Academic Unit. Here, you will receive training from clinical and basic scientists with expertise spanning from applied molecular biology, protein crystal structure and bioinformatics to mouse models, state of the art "lab in a chip" bioengineering devices or clinical biopsy tissue explants models.

After successful completion of Year 1 you will be awarded an MRes and progress into a full PhD. At this point, you will become a member of an interdisciplinary team working closely together to unravel the fundamental mechanisms of disease, to develop better diagnostic markers and discover more effective therapies for human infectious disease and inflammatory diseases. This enables us to translate our basic research into clinical trials, with commercial or non-commercial partners, thus overarching science from the basic beginnings to bedside applications.

In year 1 you will choose three laboratory rotation projects within the Academic Unit of Clinical and Experimental Sciences ranging from the molecular cell biology of infection and immunology to genetics, molecular epidemiology, environmental pollution and lung imaging. Lab rotations are supplemented with taught specialist modules in research skills and statistics, immunity and infection and advanced cell biology. Successful completion of year 1 is marked with the award of MRes.

Research Skills for Biomedical Sciences

This module aims to provide you with a learning environment in which you can gain an understanding of the true philosophy of research from initial ideas to the application of the findings. We will be using a variety of learning and teaching methods that we hope you will find stimulating and helpful.

On completion of this module you should have gained a sound understanding of statistics and be able to develop a hypothesis as well as plan a research project. 

Immunity and Infection

Students on the Immunity and Infection pathway will take this module. The module aims to provide you with an understanding of basic immunity and infection pathology, how these are managed in disease and the underlying mechanisms of pathology; develop your skills in critical appraisal of previously published research; and to enhance your oral skills required for the presentation and interpretation of data.

Cell Biology

All students on the Integrated PhD Programme will take the Cell Biology module. The module aims to provide you with an understanding of molecular cell biology and mechanisms of regulation and adaptation; to develop your skills in critical appraisal of previously published research; and to enhance your oral skills required for the presentation and interpretation of data. You will be assessed by journal review, presentation and contribution to discussions.

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate research degrees vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Study locations

University Hospital Southampton

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital Southampton (formerly known as Southampton General...Find out more

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