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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Infection and Immunity is no longer accepting new applications.

The current COVID-19 crisis emphasizes the ongoing challenge of infection and immunity to global health, and this programme offers exceptional training in this subject area. Recent advances in genomics and proteomics have emphasized how the pathogen:immune interface shapes the host environment and identified both host and pathogen genes implicated in disease. By studying these interactions, and the autoreactive potential of the immune response, we aim to improve our knowledge and understanding of the pathogenesis of immune and infectious disorders, and develop therapeutic strategies to benefit human health. No single student can be experienced in all these areas, but by providing rigorous training in a well-resourced scientific environment this programme will equip the next generation of scientists with the necessary skills and broad academic insight to bring novel and innovative approaches to the study of immunity and infection.

The aim of the PhD Programme in Immunity and Infection is to provide students with the training, cutting-edge skills and broad academic insight and expertise to bring novel and innovative approaches to the study of immune and infectious disorders. The 2019 opening of The Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease (CITIID) provides a new and unique opportunity for graduate student training in immunity and infection - CITIID combines clinical and scientific expertise with state-of-the-art flow cytometry, proteomic, imaging and CL3 facilities.

The Programme is offering three fully funded studentships at the Home fee rate, for projects commencing in October 2021. International students may apply to the Programme, but will need to obtain funding and should therefore also apply to the University’s funding competition, by the relevant deadline.

In addition to excellent research facilities, students will have access to a wide variety of training and researcher development activities, many of which are offered through the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences and the wider University.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of their PhD, students should:

have a thorough knowledge of the literature and a comprehensive understanding of scientific methods and techniques applicable to their own research;

be able to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field; have self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems;

be able to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of research; and have gained oral presentation and scientific writing skills.


Open Days

 The University’s ‘virtual’ postgraduate Open Day took place on 1 November.  For more information on applying to the University, see the Admission Section. For more information on this course, see here.

Key Information


3-4 Years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Medicine

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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