Research course

Primary Care Clinical Sciences

University of Birmingham · Life and Environmental Sciences
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

You will need an Honours degree (normally a first or 2:1) in a relevant subject awarded by an approved university, or an alternative qualification(s) and/or evidence of experience judged by the University as indicative of your potential for research and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a research degree programme. If your first language is not English you will need to demonstrate that you have a high level of written and spoken English. See ‘What are the English Language requirements’ for more details. If you have a 2:2 undergraduate degree or equivalent, you may be considered for entry onto the PhD programme if you also hold a good Masters degree (at merit or distinction).

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Primary Care Clinical Sciences at Birmingham is one of the largest centres for academic primary care in the UK and has a very substantial teaching role.

Primary care research focuses upon three main clinical areas:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer and chronic disease
  • Behavioural medicine and mental health research

These are supported by cross-cutting methodology expertise in health services research, research on health related quality of life, trials methodology, and qualitative research. In addition, we have a strong cross-cutting theme on ethnicity and health. The Department has invested in and supports its research programme through the Primary Care Clinical Research and Trials Unit (PCCRTU) and large Primary Care Research Network (MidReC).

Primary Care is a major research strength within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, as evidenced by the fact 65% of our 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) submission in this area was considered internationally excellent or world leading, including 35% of world leading quality. The RAE 2008 results place the University's primary care researchers as amongst the top in the UK.

Our research crosses all stages of the translational spectrum, from early stage studies through to implementation research and service delivery research. We do research on devices, pharmacological, psychological, and organisational interventions to improve health.

Related links and contacts
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Information for international students

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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We are able to offer a small amount of paid undergraduate tutoring in medical ethics to full-time research students and local part-time research students; home/EU students should contact the School directly for further information. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005