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Immunology & Microbial Sciences MPhil/PhD, MD(Res) MPhil/PhD, MD(Res)

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Overview

The School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences lead research, education and training at King's in the related areas of Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Diseases – with the collective goal of improving human health and wellbeing.  

Our research focuses on understanding the immune system, and how it functions in times of health and disease.  Our clinical and discovery scientists collaborate widely to work on an inspiring breadth of subjects employing methodologies that span atomic level dissection of molecular and cell function, through to the development of innovative new therapies and clinical trials.  This multi-disciplinary approach enables us to tackle cutting-edge questions in areas of biology and medicine such as asthma, allergy, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, organ rejection, vaccination, and a range of bacterial and viral infections including HIV and Ebola virus.  

Our School is deeply committed to educating the next generations of scientists, researchers and clinicians.  High-quality teaching and training are delivered through a raft of research-inspired programmes for medical and biomedical science undergraduates, masters and PhD students, clinical trainees and post-doctoral fellows.

Our academic programmes of research-inspired teaching and clinical practice are embedded across our three departments:

 

  • REF2014: Overall, ranked 3rd in Clinical Medicine
  • Research income: £16 m per year.
  • Current number of academic staff: 66 principal investigators, all 66 PhD supervisors.
  • Current number of graduate research students: 91
  • Current number of graduate research assistants: 30
  • Recent publications include:

        Epithelia Use Butyrophilin-like Molecules to Shape Organ-Specific γδ T Cell Compartments.

Di Marco Barros R, Roberts NA, Dart RJ, Vantourout P, Jandke A, Nussbaumer O, Deban L, Cipolat S, Hart R, Iannitto ML, Laing A, Spencer-Dene B, East P, Gibbons D, Irving PM, Pereira P, Steinhoff U, Hayday A.

Cell. 2016 167:203-218

Collectin-11 detects stress-induced L-fucose pattern to trigger renal epithelial injury.

Farrar CA, Tran D, Li K, Wu W, Peng Q, Schwaeble W, Zhou W, Sacks SH.

J Clin Invest. 2016 126:1911-25

 An Atlas of Human Regulatory T Helper-like Cells Reveals Features of Th2-like Tregs that Support a Tumorigenic Environment.

Halim L, Romano M, McGregor R, Correa I, Pavlidis P, Grageda N, Hoong SJ, Yuksel M, Jassem W, Hannen RF, Ong M, Mckinney O, Hayee B, Karagiannis SN, Powell N, Lechler RI, Nova-Lamperti E, Lombardi G.

Cell Rep. 2017 20:757-770

 The interferon-inducible isoform of NCOA7 inhibits endosome-mediated viral entry.

Doyle T, Moncorgé O, Bonaventure B, Pollpeter D, Lussignol M, Tauziet M, Apolonia L, Catanese MT, Goujon C, Malim MH.

Nat Microbiol. 2018 3:1369-1376

 The cholesterol biosynthesis pathway regulates IL-10 expression in human Th1 cells.

Perucha E, Melchiotti R, Bibby JA, Wu W, Frederiksen KS, Roberts CA, Hall Z, LeFriec G, Robertson KA, Lavender P, Gerwien JG, Taams LS, Griffin JL, de Rinaldis E, van Baarsen LGM, Kemper C, Ghazal P, Cope AP.

Nat Commun. 2019 10:498

        Current research projects: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sims/research-impact/research-impact.aspx

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Key information

Duration MPhil/PhD: 3 to 4 years full-time, 6 to 7 years part-time. MD(Res): 2 to 3 years full-time, 4 to 5 years part-time.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

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Description

Our mission is to deliver world-class research and education focusing on the immune system and how it functions during health and disease.  

Our multidisciplinary research has applications in many areas of medicine, particularly in the fields of organ transplantation, oncology, diabetes, rheumatology, virology, immunology, hepatology, vaccines and many more.  

From leading large European consortiums into the effect of the microbiome on chronic liver disease to facilitating local Public, Patient Involvement groups and conducting a national survey on the state of rheumatoid arthritis care, we work across disciplines and have many partners in the United Kingdom and globally.  

For further information about the research within the School, please refer to the School website.

Course study environment

Students work alongside staff researchers and are supervised by two members of academic staff. Each student has a dedicated Thesis Progression Committee that monitors students' progress and gives advice and support. Each department has a local Postgraduate Research Coordinator, and the school has an academic lead for postgraduate research.

Postgraduate training

KCL offers a large number of training and skills development opportunities. Participation in the annual Postgraduate Research Symposium is compulsory for all students and provides an opportunity to improve science communication and presentation skills. Opportunities are available for postgraduate students to present their work at national and international scientific meetings. Our postgraduate students also have the opportunity to assist with teaching of undergraduates as demonstrators in practical classes or by leading tutorials.

Head of group/division

Professor Michael Malim, Professor of Infectious Diseases

Contact for information

Postgraduate Research Admissions Enquiries

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000

Contact email

Please fill in the Admissions enquiry Form

School contacts

Postgraduate Research Lead: Professor Richard Thompson

Email:  richard.j.thompson@kcl.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum UK requirements

 

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in an appropriate subject. A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's degree with Merit or above.

International requirements

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.

English Language requirements

Band D

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Please do not complete an application form until you have spoken with and have confirmation from your preferred supervisor. Information about research staff can be found on King’s Research Portal here: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/ 

Application procedure

Studentships will be advertised in  findaphd.comNaturejobs, the College’s Health Schools Studentships website or on www.jobs.ac.uk.

All applicants are required to complete the KCL online application form. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by at least two academics. Proposed research projects must be approved by the School Postgraduate Research Committee before an offer can be made.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement

Yes

A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.

Previous Academic Study

Yes

A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.

 References

Yes

Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.

 Other

Optional

You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Course intake

No set number

Application closing date

October 2019 entry – 26th July 2019 for International students and 30th August for Home/EU students.

January 2020 entry – 25th October 2019 for International students and 2nd December 2019 for Home/EU students.

April 2020 entry – 14th February 2020 for International and Home/EU students.

July 2020 entry - 15th May 2020 for International and Home/EU students.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:

£5,300 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£5,300 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£5,300 per year (MDRes)

£5,300 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,650 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,650 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£2,650 per year (MDRes)

£2,650 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

International Tuition Fees 2019/2020

Full time tuition fees:

£23,400 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£44,500 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£23,400 per year (MDRes)

£44,500 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£11,700 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£22,250 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£11,700 per year (MDRes)

£22,250 per year (MDRes Clinical)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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