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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 2021

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

Situated in the heart of Oxford, the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences brings together researchers from a range of backgrounds, leading world-class research and training to rethink the way healthcare is delivered in general practice and other primary care settings, both in the UK and internationally.

At the forefront of Primary care research

As the largest, top ranked centre for academic primary care in the UK, our graduate community reflects the thriving, multidisciplinary nature of our department, with students grounded in statistics, the social sciences, health psychology, epidemiology, nursing, midwifery, general practice, physiotherapy and more.

Our main research focus is on the prevention, early diagnosis and management of common illness, supported by our methodological strengths in qualitative and applied research, randomised trials, analysis of big data and evidence synthesis.

Our department offers the DPhil in Primary Health Care and DPhil in Translational Health Sciences, both full-time or part-time. Our faculty 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.

For 2021 entry, we are also pleased to be offering projects through the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DPhil Interdisciplinary Medical Research, full-time or part-time) and the Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre (DPhil in Cancer Science, full-time).

More information about our DPhil programme can be found here.

Developing researchers of the future

We offer students skills training and dedicated facilities in close proximity to their supervisors, support staff, colleges and libraries. We are located next door to Green Templeton, a postgraduate college with excellent facilities.

Many of our supervisors are NIHR Senior Investigators, giving students the opportunity to learn from some of the most prominent well-connected researchers in the health sciences.

Students benefit from access to skills training in the Medical Sciences Division in addition to a training programme organised by the department. Department training and one-to-one support includes workshops from our own researchers on statistics, qualitative research, trials, writing grants, communications and systematic reviews.

Find out more about the training we offer.


What is it like to do your DPhil with us?

Our students talk about studying in our department and what they hope to get out of an Oxford DPhil.


Our projects

For 2021/2022 we have a range of suggested DPhil projects in areas such as smoking cessation, weight loss interventions, Cancer Science and self-monitoring of blood pressure. These include six funded studentships (details below). We also welcome research proposals based on your own ideas.

All applications received by our January 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.

Applications close: 12pm Friday 8 January 2021.

Funded projects

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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