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PhD Studentships in Primary Care 2023

Applications are invited from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in primary care research.  Awards are offered at all nine Universities within the NIHR School for Primary Care Research: Bristol, Exeter, Keele, Manchester,  Nottingham, Oxford, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Southampton and University College London (UCL).

Applicants must have a first degree in a discipline relevant to primary care research and will be expected to complete a PhD/ DPhil during the award period. The precise academic qualifications required depend on the university and training offered. This award will fund tuition fees to the value of home fees; students with overseas status are welcome to apply but will need to fund the remainder of their fees from alternative sources.  

The awards offer traditional project-specific training in areas of particular importance to primary care and awarded to applicants from diverse backgrounds including e.g., medical statistics, social sciences, health economics, health psychology.   

Studentship awards include fees and an annual tax-free stipend of at least £17,668 (plus a London weighting for QMUL and UCL and college fees in Oxford). 

Those successful in securing a SPCR Studentship will become part of the SPCR Trainees community. Read more about what benefits this will provide.


Opportunities will be advertised as they are made available:

Host Opportunity Deadline
Oxford SPCR funded DPhil Studentships in Primary Care 2023 — Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford DPhil applications already received by the Nuffield Department or Primary Care Health Sciences by the early December deadline will be considered.
UCL PhD Student in Primary Health Care 26 February 2023


Primary Care Studentships

University of Southampton advert

24 March 2023


PhD Studentship (Primary Care Research)

4pm on 10 April 2023


Applications for Primary Care Research PhD

20 April 2023


Patient Safety Burnout and Primary Care Practitioners a mixed method study

Clinical management of people diagnosed with a personality disorder and those who have harmed themselves: epidemiological research conducted using interlinked electronic health records

5pm on 28 April 2023

Exeter Funded PhD in Primary Care Research Ref: 4753 11.59pm on 3 May 2023
QMUL PhD Studentship 9 June 2023


If you are a clinician looking to do a PhD, the PhD Programme for Primary Care Clinicians might be more appropriate for you.