King's College London

Course Introduction

Description

The Division of Asthma, Allergy & Lung Biology has three main research aims:

To elucidate the basic mechanisms that underlie the causes and effects of airway inflammation

To understand mechanisms of anti-inflammatory drug action

To find ways to improve hospital care for very ill patients, including those with respiratory failure.

Our research programmes range from basic science to clinical research and include studies that will elucidate the molecular and physiological mechanisms of inflammation; research to identify and test new therapeutic approaches to treating allergies, inflammation and cancer; and clinical trials to test new allergy prevention strategies.

We have a critical research mass within the Division that creates unique synergies and offers opportunities for researchers to work closely and productively while preserving scientific independence. The close interface between our clinical and lab-based research is one of the keys to our success. We share knowledge, equipment, reagents and human materials (such as biopsy material, cell lines and clones) to maximise the potential of our resources and help translate advances in our understanding of allergic and respiratory diseases into healthcare benefits for patients as rapidly as possible.

Our research strategy is to understand the molecular, immunological and physiological mechanisms of asthma, allergy and related respiratory diseases, including COPD and lung cancer; to identify new therapeutic targets; to test new treatment strategies and to find ways to improve hospital care for adults and children with severe lung diseases including respiratory failure.

Course study environment

Students each work on individual projects, within established teams of researchers, supervised by the principal investigator of the group and with laboratory supervision on a day-to-day basis. Students are expected to submit their thesis within four years of the start of their studies and to achieve this will need to work at least 09.00-17.00 on a daily basis.

Graduate research students work alongside basic science and clinical researchers of all levels and training backgrounds. Projects span basic and clinical science topics allied to respiratory diseases including asthma, rhinitis and chronic obstructive airways disease and are offered at Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital and Denmark Hill campuses. The division is also part of the MRC and Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma (in conjunction with Imperial College), so students can benefit from the synergy created by the collaboration in this area of science between two outstanding Colleges in London. The Centre is the only MRC Centre in Asthma and Allergy in the UK.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,300 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,300 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £23,400 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,650 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,650 European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £11,700 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Minimum 2:1 honours degree is required in medicine, immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, physiology or pharmacology. A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's degree with merit or above.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with any of the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill; TOEFL IBT: 92 overall, with a minimum 23 in each skill; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 62 overall, with a minimum of 52 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • TOEFL score: 92