Primary Care MPhil/PhD/MD

Major code: GPMR/GPPR/GPMD


With our innovative projects and strong NHS and NIHR partnerships we can offer you an inspiring environment for your postgraduate studies and research.
Broadly speaking, our work centres on trials of complex interventions in primary care and understanding complex or intractable behaviours in primary and community settings.
Right now we've major projects taking place in the following fields:

  • Primary Care: Health Inequalities, Complex Interventions, Mental Health.
  • Palliative Care.
  • The Impact of new technologies.
  • Healthcare Planning and Delivery.
  • Fitness for Work.

Subject Overview

Our research partners

We have a number of key partnerships that provide excellent research and educational opportunities for our postgraduates. These partners include NIHR CLAHRC NWC, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and other research groups in IPHS and the wider Faculty and University.

Clinical academic links such as these mean we're well placed to support and host PhD studentships provided by UKCRN partners, such as the MRC, ESRC, DH and EPSRC. Additionally we work closely with the NIHR research infrastructure and networks. We host a local area network of the NIHR research design service. In all of this our researchers collaborate with many professionals in Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Medicine.


Key Facts

Strong research funding
We have 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 Health Services Research?

Innovative research

We have highly active, internationally renowned research groups and, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 95% of our research activity was rated as of international standard. 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.


Targeting our key areas of interest we've systematically enhanced our research base, culture and infrastructure, whilst building internationally influential groups. We hold the Athena Swan Silver award. We have a strong track record in attracting fellowship funding, and are closely linked to the NIHR Research Design Service that helps applicants build more competitive grant bids. We have strong links with NHS, Social Care and Public Health as well as robust systems of, and support for, public engagement in our research.