Primary Care PhD

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MRes/MSc (by research)/MPhil/PhD/DM
MRes/MSc (by research) 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; MPhil 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time; PhD/DM 3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time
Entry requirements
Candidates who wish to register for a PhD will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:1 (or international equivalent) classification; candidates who wish to register for a DM will require a registrable medical qualification. Evidence of research activity, including BMedSci or BSc degrees, will be an advantage; candidates who wish to register for an MRes, MSc (by research) or MPhil degree will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:2 (or international equivalent) classification
6.5 (no lower than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
October, December, February, April, July 
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Primary Care research has particular strengths in the use and delivery of health services, especially in terms of analysis of large data sets from general practice and other sources, and the evaluation of interventions. 

Our main research activities are in the following fields: 

  • applied genetics and ethnicity
  • bio-behavioural approaches to optimising health and healthcare
  • primary care epidemiology
  • injury prevention
  • medicines management
  • tobacco control

There are also opportunities to undertake supervised research into medical education, including undergraduate and postgraduate medical curriculum development and evaluation, the use of virtual learning environments, and online assessment in medical education and problem based learning. However, original proposals for any area of medical education will be considered. 

The NIHR Research Design Service for the East Midlands (within the School of Medicine) offers supervision in research methodologies including clinical trials, multi-level modelling, case-control studies and survival analyses. Areas of research activities are health service delivery and organisation; clinical innovation, particularly in primary care; and clinical trials in primary care and dermatology.

We welcome applications for a PhD in a variety of research areas. For more detailed information about our research groups, please see the Division of Primary Care research pages.




Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre

Based in the Medical School, this centre is a dedicated space exclusively for postgraduate students and postdocs to relax, and a venue where you can find out as much or as little as you like about your career options. Newspapers, tea and coffee and comfy chairs are on offer. 

There is an events calendar, social events to create an early researcher community within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and careers based seminars so you can find out what's out there and how to go about achieving your goals. 

The MHSGC produces an approximately monthly newsletter, with information about activities at the Centre.


Research support

The Faculty Postgraduate Training Programme

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences provides the opportunity for all full- and part-time research students to undertake some element of formal training.

The training offered is congruent with Research Council guidelines and is a requirement of The University of Nottingham Postgraduate Studies Committee. This training encourages the development of interpersonal skills (eg, the ability to communicate research ideas effectively), personal skills (eg, the ability to manage your time effectively), in addition to more specific skills that relate to research methods.

The Graduate School Training Programme

The Graduate School provides a focus for postgraduate education. The Graduate School runs a large series of generic and specific courses aimed at postgraduate students at all stages of their research degree programme. Certain Graduate School courses form part of the Faculty Postgraduate training programme.

School-based training

Research students, after discussion with their supervisors, and with their written approval, may apply to attend postgraduate taught modules relevant to their research which are offered by any of the School of Community Health Science's courses. 

Other sources of support 

A number of other University support services also exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Student's Association (PGSA) are a particularly important source of support.


Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Use our search to find a supervisor whose expertise matches your own research interests.

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

There is a range of funding opportunities available annually for research students. It is important to find the right scheme because not all students are eligible to apply for every funding competition. 

Scholarship opportunities are available for students from the UK. These schemes are funded by central government and administered via the Research Councils and the Department of Health. 

From time to time, the school advertises PhD scholarship opportunities. Details of these are advertised on the University's Human Resources 'Studentships' pages. 

The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. 

The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of fundingStudentship opportunities are also available. 

Government loans for doctoral study

The Government recently introduced doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England.

Doctoral training programmes

Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research


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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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