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Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
University of Oxford

DPhil studentships starting October 2022

Develop your applied research skills in our thriving, multidisciplinary department.

As the largest, top-ranked centre for academic primary care in the UK, the thriving Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, located in the centre of Oxford, leads world-class research and training to rethink the way healthcare is delivered in general practice and the community, across the UK and globally. It offers our graduate students dedicated facilities in close proximity to their supervisors, support staff, colleges and libraries.

At the forefront of Primary care research

Integrating evidence and innovation, our main focus is on the prevention, early diagnosis and management of common illness; bringing together academics from many different backgrounds to work together to produce benefits for the NHS, for populations and for patients. We have methodological strengths in qualitative and applied research, randomised trials, analysis of big data and evidence synthesis.

Discover our DPhil programmes

Our department offers a DPhil in both Primary Health Care and Translational Health Sciences, available as part-time and full-time.

Discover our DPhil offering

We also supervise the part-time DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care, which is offered through the Department of Continuing Education with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

Main application deadline: 12:00 noon, Friday 3 December 2021.

All applications for our DPhil in Primary Health Care and DPhil in Translational Health Sciences received by our December deadline will be entered into a competition within the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford that offers the chance of full funding for any project.

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Potential projects

We offer several fully funded studentships, in addition to suggested projects without funding. Alternatively, you can submit your own idea for a project, where we strongly encourage you to contact a supervisor to discuss. All applicants must develop their own research proposal.

View all potential projects for 2022/23

Meet our students

Our graduate community reflects the multidisciplinary nature of our department, coming from a range of backgrounds including statistics, nursing, midwifery, obstetrics, nutrition, epidemiology and medical anthropology. Find out how they are make a difference to the world-class research and teaching in our department.

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Meet our supervisors

We encourage all prospective students to enquire with one of our supervisors before submitting an application. This is to ensure that your research ideas fit with our criteria and core themes outlined, and can increase your chances of a successful application.

Get to know our supervisors

How to apply

Interested in completing your DPhil with us? Get in touch.

More information on how to apply can be found here.


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