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The NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Undergraduate Student Internship Programme provides students with experience in a research environment and access to a team of specialised mentors and supervisors. The aim of the programme is to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to gain primary care research experience, allow for greater collaboration and to raise the academic profile of general practice.

Why do an internship

Previous interns to the SPCR internship scheme have enjoyed the opportunity and identified several benefits from taking part:

  • Being in a research environment
  • Insights into different types of research such as interview analysis, working on both quantitative and qualitative studies and an understanding of how they work together to validate findings
  • Crystalising statistical and epidemiological knowledge
  • Learning how policy is developed, piloted and reviewed
  • Using fresh data sets, large data sets and statistical software
  • Developing skills in self management and proactively identifying projects
  • The opportunity to design and carry out a research study
  • To see how primary care researchers divide their time between clinical and academic work
  • Valuable insights into the world of academic research
  • Working on publications
I highly recommend the internship. Really grateful for all the support I continue to receive from my supervisors. They've encouraged me to push this project all the way to conference presentations and publications"


SPCR Members are offering research opportunities for undergraduate students, from any degree based at a UK university, to take on a summer research internship. Internship projects are offered either as a virtual opportunity or in-person at the relevant university. More information on the available projects can be found below:

‘Carry Naloxone Somerset’ – an opportunity to contribute to the evaluation of a complex intervention based in community pharmacies and community drug teams. University of Bristol

One in a Million TELESAFE: Understanding how clinicians in general practice make safe follow-up plans in telephone appointments.

University of Bristol
ISPA-T1D: Improving Support for Physical Activity in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes  University of Exeter
Antimicrobial resistance: a mapping and review of policy   University of Exeter
Synthesis of research recommendations within clinical guidelines for the non-surgical management of osteoarthritis. A narrative synthesis.  Keele University
Examining medicines use among people aged 80 years or older with hip/knee osteoarthritis and comorbidities  Keele University 
Why do pharmacy technicians embark on their careers, and why do some decide to leave the profession early?  University of Manchester
Assessing the feasibility of the SAFER-MH Care bundle in adult, adolescent and dementia mental health services  University of Manchester
Longitudinal analysis of attitudes towards receiving flu vaccinations and uptake in a community pharmacy setting  University of Nottingham
The use of routinely collected electronic healthcare records for clinical trials: A scoping review  University of Nottingham
Addressing health inequalities through Quality Improvement in primary care  Queen Mary University of London
Supporting delivery of a study aiming to find out whether assistive technology (AT) can improve health, wellbeing and quality of life of people with lung-problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and how getting and using AT can help them to live more independently.  Queen Mary University of London
Barriers and enablers to self-management of type 2 diabetes in patients from ethnic minorities  University of Southampton
Experience of ureteric stents: A qualitative study  University of Southampton
Interventions to improve mental health of orphans and vulnerable children in Low and Middle-Income Countries: A systematic review  University of Southampton
Rapid scoping review of the qualitative literature exploring the experiences of carers of people with Parkinson’s disease and cognitive impairment  University of Southampton
Exploring how to address the harms of social media use on young adult mental health in primary care.  University College London
University College London
A scoping review of over-the-counter products (including medications, herbal medicines, dietary supplements and homeopathic medicines) for depression in adults  University College London
Systematic review of the long-term maternal consequences of having postnatal depression  University College London
Understanding for whom, under which contexts, and how care and organisational models support continuity of care within primary care settings: a systematic review.  University College London

 Further Information

All internships are now closed to applications. 

Internships are paid in two instalments, at the National Living Wage  - (Hourly rate will depend on the location of the placement and place of work)