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Our goal is to improve health by conducting world-class research and teaching in primary care.

Overview

Our staff, both clinical and research-based, are dedicated to undertaking internationally acclaimed research and teaching that addresses problems posed by complex care needs and inequalities, particularly in relation to chronic illness and multimorbidity, and marginalised populations such as migrants and those living in areas of severe deprivation. We have a strong focus on anticipatory approaches to health and the implementation and integration of complex service innovations (e.g. digital health services, screening) along with an emphasis on the role of health policy in shaping the experiences of patients and professionals.

 We undertake interdisciplinary research with colleagues across the university, as well as NHS staff, the voluntary sector and other appropriate colleagues and agencies, locally, nationally, across the UK and internationally. We aim to promote person-centred, quality healthcare with a particular focus on the role of primary care as a vehicle for better coordinated and continuous care.

Study options

PhD programmes in Primary Care last 3-4 years, with individual research projects tailored around the expertise of principal investigators within the Department.  As part of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing we welcome applications from students from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.  We use a number of methodological (e.g. qualitative interviews, epidemiological analysis, systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials) and multidisciplinary approaches with students having the opportunity to be jointly supervised by academics with clinical and research-based backgrounds.  Our work is at the forefront of Primary Care research with a particular focus on:

  • Chronic illness including mental/cardiovascular health and chronic pain (Mair, Mercer, Morrison, Nicholl, O’Donnell)
  • Cancer (Macdonald, Mair, Robb)
  • Treatment burden and Multimorbidity (Mair, Mercer, Nicholl, Macdonald, Watt)
  • Empathy/patient-centred care (Mercer)
  • Inequalities and  marginalised populations (Macdonald, Morrison, O’Donnell, Watt)
  • Digital Health (Mair, O’Donnell)
  • Implementation Research and Policy (Mair, O’Donnell) 

Approaches include:

  • Normalisation Process Theory (Mair, O’Donnell)
  • Application of social and behavioural science (Macdonald, Robb)

Our PhD programme provides excellent training complementary to a range of career options, and you can tailor your study pathway to the precise aspects of Primary Care research that suit your objectives.  Many of our graduates continue in academia to become research leaders nationally or internationally or postgraduate research associates while others play leading roles in a range of healthcare or healthcare policy organisations. We have strong local, national and global academic connections. 

Supervisors

All our postgraduate research students are allocated a supervisor who acts as the main source of academic support and research mentoring.

You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply.

Entry requirements

Awarded or expected 1st class or high upper 2nd class BSc degree.

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

Fees

2016/17

  • £4,121 UK/EU
  • £18,900 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £440
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £890
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £140
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £250
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

2017/18

  • £4,195 UK/EU*
  • £19,500 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

* We expect that tuition fees for EU students entering in 2017 will continue to be set at the same level as that for UK students.  However, future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.  If you are thinking of applying for 2017 entry, we would encourage you to do so in the usual way. For further information, please see the Research Councils UK statement on international collaboration and Universities UK Brexit FAQs for universities and students.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Fee for re-submission by a research student: £460
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,050
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £250
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £730
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £300
  • Registration/exam only fee: £150
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

 

Funding

Support

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Graduate Schoolprovides a vibrant, supportive and stimulating environment for all our postgraduate students. We aim to provide excellent support for our postgraduates through dedicated postgraduate convenors, highly trained supervisors and pastoral support for each student.
 
Our over-arching aim is to provide a research training environment that includes:

  • provision of excellent facilities and cutting edge techniques
  • training in essential research and generic skills
  • excellence in supervision and mentoring
  • interactive discussion groups and seminars
  • an atmosphere that fosters critical cultural policy and research analysis
  • synergy between research groups and areas
  • extensive multidisciplinary and collaborative research
  • extensive external collaborations both within and beyond the UK 
  • a robust generic skills programme including opportunities in social and commercial training

We are a well-resourced Department with strong links with health services, voluntary sector and policymakers.  We benefit from regular seminar series both within General Practice and Primary Care and in our Institute of Health and Wellbeing.  Our graduate students are ensured access to a comprehensive training programme and have the opportunity to participate ino ur annual Student-led Conference.  In addition, PhD students within Primary Care are encouraged to publish and attend external conferences related to their research topic.

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