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DPhil Students, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Welcome to the Departmental Graduate Studies website.   The Graduate Studies Committee is responsible for all graduate affairs in the department and is chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Direct entry DPhil and MSc by Research

We have up to 30 postgraduate students at any one time for research towards a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil.) degree, which is the University of Oxford’s equivalent of a PhD. Details of all our supervisors can be found here.

We are a well-funded department, able to offer graduate students plenty of space and facilities. Students also benefit from our close proximity to colleges, libraries and other facilities.

We provide a comprehensive training programme for graduate students, which includes an induction, a series of seminars and access to training in a wide range of transferable skills.  

All candidates should contact the Postgraduate Training Administrator, Daniel Long, at in the first instance. 

For 2016/17 we have a number of full-time studentships that cover university and college fees and living costs. These are funded by a number of bodies including the Medical Research Council, the NIHR, Clarendon Funds and University Colleges. They are awarded on a competitive basis.

View our available Studentships

Apply by

12 noon, Friday 2nd June 2017 for October 2017 entry


  • Paul Aveyard

    My research focuses on behavioural medicine. This is the integration of biological, psychological and sociological knowledge to prevent and treat disease and to aid rehabilitation. My work focuses on helping people change their behaviour, either to prevent serious disease, or as a treatment for that disease.

  • Chris Butler

    Chris Butler’s research aims to enhance the quality of antimicrobial prescribing decisions with the goal of containing antimicrobial resistance. He uses a range of research methods including observational studies, population based surveys, analyses of routinely collected data, systematic reviews, qualitative research and randomised controlled trials. He has focussed on clinician and patient engagement, identification on clinically unwarranted variation in care, point of care testing, and the development of clinical prediction rules.

  • Thomas Fanshawe

    My research interests are in the development and application of statistical methods to primary care research. Subject areas include meta-analysis methodology and diagnostic and prognostic modelling.

  • Andrew Farmer

    Much of the research that Professor Farmer has recently led or collaborated on aims to improve the effectiveness of tests and treatments for people with diabetes, for example the use of telehealth to support self-management in diabetes, although recent trials also include evaluation of telehealth support for people with COPD, and use of text messaging to support treatment adherence in hypertension.

  • Trish Greenhalgh

    Professor Greenhalgh is keen to supervise doctoral students who have a strong theoretical grounding and a worked-up proposal for an empirical research study at the interface between social sciences and medicine. She is particularly interested in studies of the organisation and delivery of health services, the use and non-use of technologies and the development and implementation of health policy.

  • Anthony Harnden

    My clinical and research interests are in primary care paediatrics, specifically common childhood infection, vaccine preventable infection, the early diagnosis of serious disease and clinical trials in children.

  • Carl Heneghan

    My research projects involve investigating the evidence base for publication bias and drug and device regulation. I also work on a number of projects with the BMJ related to the regulatory and evidence requirements for devices.

  • Lisa Hinton

    My research interests focus on using qualitative research methods to better understand patient experiences of health and illness, and to develop patient-centred care and policy. Current projects focus on maternal and neonatal health, and improving patient experiences in critical care.

  • Louise Locock

    Interested in projects using qualitative research methods to understand health and illness experiences, and the use of these experiences to develop more patient-centred policy and practice, including service improvement and commissioning decisions. Current D Phils I am supervising focus on patient-centred care, use of personal health narratives for peer support and understanding healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Kamal R. Mahtani

    My research primarily focuses on chronic disease, specifically in the areas of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal medicine. I am also interested in novel interventions to improve chronic disease management.

  • Emily McFadden

    Emily is a Senior Statistical Epidemiologist. Her research interests focus on monitoring chronic conditions in primary care and the use of large routine databases in research. Emily has supervised DPhil students studying survival models for competing risks; comparative effectiveness using data from the KEMRI–Wellcome Trust Clinical Information Network; and personalising long-term management of COPD in primary care.

  • Richard McManus

    I am a Professor of Primary Care. My research interests include cardiovascular disease and its prevention, particularly the management of hypertension in primary care. I currently lead programmes of research around self-monitoring of blood pressure in both hypertension and pregnancy and welcome students wishing to base projects in these areas.

  • Jason Oke

    My research interests include cancer, diagnostics and monitoring, overdiagnosis and overtreatment with a particular emphasis on statistical methodology

  • Rafael Perera

    I am a University Lecturer in Medical Statistics, and the Department's Head of Statistics. My general interests include: monitoring in primary care, meta-analysis methods, methodology for studying infectious diseases in children, and assessing complex interventions.

  • John Powell

    John Powell is an academic public health physician researching the area of digital health: investigating how information and communication technology can be used to improve health and health services. He is interested to supervise projects in the area of digital health, especially those that take a social science perspective.

  • Sara Ryan

    My research interests are around disability (particularly learning disability and autism), qualitative research and health experiences. I'm also interested in exploring ways of including people who are 'seldom heard' in research.

  • Sara Shaw

    Sara is a social scientist by background. Her research interests focus on how health policy shapes practice, with particular interests in digital health. She specialises in qualitative methods, but also supports mixed methods research.

  • Katherine Tucker

    Katherine's research interests are in the area of cardiovascular disease, with particular interest in self-monitoring and self-testing. Much of her research is focused on the detection and management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia. Additional interests include changes in platelet function during disease and the multi-morbid population.

  • Kay Wang

    My research aims to inform more precise targeting of treatments for respiratory complaints in primary care. My interests include acute respiratory tract infections, postinfectious cough, and biomarker-guided asthma management. I use a range of methodologies, including systematic reviews, observational studies and randomised controlled trials

  • Geoff Wong

    My research centres on making sense of complex health and social interventions or programmes in which context constrained human agency is key. My work focuses on the use of realist review and/or realist evaluation to explain and understand these types of interventions or programmes.

  • Sue Ziebland

    Sue is a medical sociologist with particular interest in how people use the internet in relation to their health. While specialising in qualitative research she also has an interest in mixed methods studies