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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Liverpool

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Virology is the study of the viral agents responsible for causing disease in humans or animals. This includes the study of underlying mechanisms of virulence, virus epidemiology and immune responses to viruses.

Overview

The University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health was established to bring together leading medical, veterinary and basic science researchers from across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. We also enjoy close and active collaboration with NHS colleagues through the Liverpool Health Partners Academic Health Science System.

Research in Virology is based in new laboratories in the Ronald Ross Building and ic2 Building on the main University city centre campus. Our research encompasses studies of the pathogenicity, diagnostics, identification, epidemiology and immune responses to a range of viral pathogens including: flaviviruses such as Japanese encephalitis virus and Zika virus; Ebola virus; Chikungunya virus; HIV; respiratory syncytial virus; cytomegalovirus and other herpesviruses. Techniques used include: diagnostic identification methods, flow cytometry, ELISA, epidemiology, transcriptomic and genomic technologies, proteomics and infection models.

The aims of the research are to investigate the transmission routes and behaviour of pathogens during infections and use this knowledge to design better therapeutic strategies or vaccines in order to improve the health of humans.

Research themes

Our research in virology spans a wide range of different virus families, which are linked to a broad spectrum of clinical diseases. These include the following areas:

Emerging and Zoonotic infections – Zika virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, Chikungunya virus, Ebola virus
Gastrointestinal infections – Rotavirus, Noravirus
Respiratory infections – Influenza virus, Respiratory syncytial virus
Blood borne viruses – Human Immunodeficiency virus, Hepatitis C virus
Neurological infections – Herpes Simplex virus, Japanese encephalitis virus.

Tuition fees

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£ 23,650per year

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University information

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University of Liverpool

  • University League Table

    33rd

  • Campus address

    University of Liverpool, The Foundation Building, 765 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZX, England

Renowned for excellent teaching that relates to the professions including medicine, dentistry, business, law, architecture and engineering.
Internationally recognised themes: personalised health, infectious disease, advanced materials, digital, heritage, and starting well, living well, ageing well.
Extensive support network in place for International students. Students can take advantage of a meet and greet service and 'Hello International!' welcome.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    30th out of 103 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    146 64%

    35th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    77 77%

    30th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.03 81%

    56th

    10

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