PhD Wellcome Trust - Immunomatrix in Complex Disease / Programme details

Year of entry: 2024

Programme description

This basic science PhD programme, which is at the interface of immunology and matrix biology research, allows experience of other careers including policy, charities, government and research in developing countries

Key features of the programme

  • A bespoke course in immunomatrix, bioinformatics and artificial intelligence
  • The opportunity to meet with potential supervisors and experience their labs (lab bootcamp) before choosing your PhD project.
  • PhD projects at the interface of matrix biology, immunology and complex disease
  • An opportunity to experience alternative careers related to your chosen project (silo switch)
  • A supportive inclusive research environment focussed on team-based research
  • A unique opportunity to mentor work experience of care leavers

Special features

Training and development

All of our postgraduate researchers attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Researcher Development team . The programme provides key transferable skills and equips our postgraduate researchers with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy. The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.

Teaching and learning

The focus of this PhD training programme is on understanding common mechanisms that underlie complex diseases by studying the interplay between immune cells and the extracellular matrix.

Week 1 to 7 - bespoke course in immunomatrix, bioinformatics and artificial intelligence with laboratory sessions with all potential supervisors (lab bootcamp)

Week 8 - Supervisor selection

Week 9-12 Short project in co-supervisor lab

Week 9-12  Project development with both supervisors and identification of Silo Switch (link to Silo Switch below)

Full PhD project commences in 4 th month

At the end of Year 1 - Continuation Report

At the start of Year 2 - Typical timeframe for Silo switch

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You will have access to a range of research and learning facilities across the University and at some of our partner organisations.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: