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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.


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

Ensuring sustainable and equitable public involvement in primary care research Queen Mary University of London
Carbon footprinting – informing greener ways of working in primary care University of Oxford
How can we develop more environmentally sustainable medical devices? A systematic review of the carbon footprint of medical devices University of Oxford
Programmer Analyst – Preventable Deaths in England & Wales University of Oxford 
The content of primary care telephone consultations University of Bristol 
Exploring general practice readiness for implementing a trauma-informed approach: a document analysis of health policies University of Bristol
Co-producing an art-based resource for patients to disseminate findings from the ARAPAHO study which examines the impact of research activity in general practice settings University College London
Community Pharmacy and General Practice collaborative and integrated working: a realist review University College London 
Knowledge accumulation in realist reviews University College London 
Summarising emerging evidence of potential associations of COVID-19 with a future diagnosis of inflammatory arthropathies: a rapid review Keele University
Sedentary behaviours and physical activity in community living stroke survivors: A systematic review Keele University
Antimicrobial resistance: a mapping and review of policy University of Exeter
Spotting Cancer among Comorbidities (SPOCC): Who is disadvantaged in the cancer diagnostic pathway? University of Exeter
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural primary care University of Exeter

Post pandemic: Primary Care- emerging themes

University of Nottingham

Using big data and Artificial Intelligence to understand the wider determinants of health in multimorbidity

University of Southampton

Systematic review of social media interventions to promote uptake of family planning

University of Southampton

Systematic review of interventions to prevent transmission of respiratory infections in care homes

University of Southampton

Systematic review of global health education for undergraduate medical students

University of Southampton

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"

 How To Apply

The 2022 competition is now closed.

Each university arranges their own recruitment processes for the internship projects. Further information on how to apply can be found in each project description.