Research course

Primary Care

University of Nottingham · School of Health Sciences
PhDMPhilMResMSc by research

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.

Months of entry

February, April, July, October, December

Course content

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 & ethnicity
  • bio-behavioural approaches to optimising health and healthcare
  • clinical 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 Division of Primary Care) 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.

Qualification and course duration


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


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559