Develop your applied research skills in our thriving, multidisciplinary department.
Primary Care • Translational Health Sciences
A multidisciplinary department
The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is the largest, top-ranked centre for academic primary care in the UK and leads world-class research and training to rethink the way healthcare is delivered in general practice and other primary care settings, both across the UK and globally.
Our graduate community reflects the multidisciplinary nature of our department, with students coming from a range of backgrounds including but not limited to statistics, nursing, midwifery, general practice, obstetrics, medical anthropology, behavioural science, nutrition, epidemiology, social science, psychology and physiotherapy.
You can study for a DPhil in Primary Care and a DPhil in Translational Health Sciences in our department. Our faculty also supervise the part-time DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care, which is coordinated through the Department of Continuing Education with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
at the forefront of Primary care research
We have methodological strengths in qualitative and applied research, randomised trials, analysis of big data and evidence synthesis. Our research covers ten broad themes: big data; digital health and innovation; cardiovascular and metabolic disease; health policy and health systems; health behaviours; infections and acute care; EBM and medical statistics; patient experience; trials. In particular, we are expanding our capability for applied digital health research with a focus on health data, digital tools and the social aspects of connected health.
Our main focus on the prevention, early diagnosis and management of common illness. We bring together academics from many different backgrounds to work together to produce benefits for the NHS, for populations and for patients.
developing the researchers of the future
We are a thriving, friendly department located in the centre of Oxford, able to offer our community of graduate students dedicated facilities in close proximity to their supervisors, support staff, colleges and libraries. We are situated 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.
Applications are now open for entry in the 2021-22 academic year, and the main deadline is 12:00 noon on Friday 8 January 2021. You can express your interest in applying or contact us to discuss your own project idea.
What's 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.
Get to know a few of our students and find out how they also make a difference to the world-class research and teaching in our department.
Our international reputation for world-leading research and resources attracts students from all over the world.
How to apply
The University also offers a more general application guide, lots of information and guidance about postgraduate study, fees and funding, colleges and the application process on the Graduate Admissions website. You can also browse this guide to Preparing for Academic Practice.