Research course

Primary Care and Health Services Research

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

Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.

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: Quality and safety, Health policy, politics and organisation, and 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.

Qualification and course duration


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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health