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NIHR School for Primary Care Research

PhD studentship currently available in primary health care.

We are offering a three-year PhD studentship to a successful applicant interested in conducting postgraduate research in primary care at The University of Manchester. Our aim is to train future research leaders by providing multidisciplinary training and career development opportunities.

Our primary care research is cross-disciplinary and broad in its focus, addressing the over-arching research question of how to safely manage and improve the health of an aging population in primary care.

Capacity building is critical to our mission, and we are keen to support those interested in either qualitative or quantitative research methodologies. The successful applicant will join a network of researchers studying a broad range of issues affecting primary care.

Our membership of the School for Primary Care Research brings together the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research and the Drug Usage and Pharmacy Practice Research Group, reflecting the increasing need for interdisciplinary collaboration in the delivery of primary care services.

Available research themes and projects

The successful applicant will work within one or more of the below research themes. You can apply to one of the project titles listed, or you can develop your own project.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should have obtained at least an Upper Second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to primary care research.

A master's degree with relevant training in research methods is desirable but not essential; equivalent research experience will be considered.

About the studentship

The PhD studentship is three years in duration and includes:

  • Full funding for PhD tuition fees (up to the UK rate).
  • A stipend of £16,000 per annum for living costs.
  • A contribution towards research and training costs.

International applicants

We aim to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK. We are able to offer a scholarship that will enable a full studentship to be awarded to international applicants.

This full studentship will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this funding.

How to apply

Applicants should read the descriptions of our research themes and interests at the links above. Please contact the named researchers for the relevant theme or project if you would like to discuss a potential application in the first instance.

If you wish to be considered for the programme and meet our eligibility criteria, you must complete a single online application, following the instructions on the how to apply page.

We recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: 6 June 2022
  • Interview dates: Week commencing 11 July 2022

Contact us

For general queries about the PhD programme, please email the contacts listed on the relevant research theme or project page above.

For queries regarding the application process or your eligibility, please contact the Doctoral Academy Admissions team: