Primary Care MPhil/PhD/MD

Major code: GPMR/GPPR/GPMD


Our research interests can be summarised as trials of complex interventions in primary care and developing understanding and models of complex or intractable behaviours and phenomena in primary care and community settings.

Subject Overview

The Department has access, through its network of teaching practices and links with PCRN, to a large population of patients in the community, and to practices where innovative approaches to care can be explored. There are major projects in progress in Primary Care: Mental Health, Palliative Care, the Impact of New Technologies, Public Professional Interface in Healthcare Planning and Fitness for Work. We have strong links with the NIHR research networks and host a local area network of the NIHR research design service. We have close links with the Liverpool Health Inequalities Research Institute.

Collaborations exist with Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Medicine. Primary Care is responsible for the delivery of one of the largest community-based medical education undergraduate programmes within the UK.

Key Facts

Strong research funding
We've solid funding partnerships with Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC), charities (e.g. Wellcome and Leverhulme Trusts), DEFRA, NHS, Home Office, Police Service, industry and commerce.

Why Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology?

Innovative research

As home to the Centres for Critical and Major Incident Psychology and Investigative Psychology, we continue to stretch the boundaries of psychological inquiry with innovative research activity. We've highly active, internationally renowned research groups and, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), 80% of our research activity was rated as of international standard. Targeting our key areas of interest we've systematically enhanced our research base, culture and infrastructure, whilst building internationally influential groups. Our work is theoretically robust and problem and policy focused, with a research agenda that's socially relevant and postgraduate teaching that's truly research-led.

Our partners

Our partners include local hospitals and schools, the Regional Neurological and Neurosurgical NHS Trust, Prison Psychology departments, national and international Police Forces and associated Law Enforcement Agencies. There are also close links with other University departments in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences; in particular, Clinical Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Anatomy. Numerous collaborations exist between members of staff and their colleagues in other academic institutions both nationally and internationally.