Research course

Health Services and Primary Care

The University of Manchester · School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Entry requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, or for those who have not recently studied in the United Kingdom, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL iBT 90. For the writing component, we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 6.0 (IELTS) or 21-23 (iBT). For each of the other components of the English test you should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT 18.

For more information about English language tests see English language requirements.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Our PhD/MPhil Primary Care and Health Services Research programme enables you to undertake a research project that will provide you will high quality training in applied health research in areas related to primary care. This will be linked to one of our 3 themes:

(1) Quality and safety

(2) Health policy, politics and organisation

(3) Long-term conditions .

Your project may involve a range of research methods, including evidence synthesis, randomised trials, analysis of routine data, and qualitative research on patient experience and the organisation of services

In the Centre for Primary Care, we want to understand and improve primary care.

The Centre is a founder member of the prestigious NIHR School for Primary Care Research, a collaboration of eight leading primary care departments in England.

We want to create a dialogue between our truly multidisciplinary staff including general practitioners, psychiatrists, sociologists, psychologists, statisticians and health services researchers and potential PhD students.

The Centre also aims to support and promote the involvement of patients, the public and providers in health research, through our Patient and Public Involvement Group PRIMER and GP-user groups.

Highly experienced world-renowned experts in qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research are available to supervise.

Information for international students

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements, including English language, see entry requirements from your country.

Fees and funding

UK students
Standard £4,260, Low £8,500, Medium £15,000, High £20,000
International students
Standard £22,000, Low £23,500, Medium £29,500, High £34,500

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-96 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health