Support for students
A warm welcome to our undergraduate students from Professor Richard Hobbs, Head of Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. Professor Hobbs runs one of the largest and most highly ranked centres for academic primary care globally.
On this page you'll find some useful resources to help you get the most out of your undergraduate studies, and find out more about what your peers are up to and their experience with the programme.
Upcoming event: Career Pathways to Academic Primary Care
Years 1-5 medical students are invited to attend the first Career Pathways to Academic Primary Care showcase event at 2pm on Thursday 9th February 2023 at St Hilda’s College's Indoor Rooftop Garden Suite.
This event will focus on helping students explore pursuing careers in primary care research.
A series of interactive discussions will then follow with FHS students, Academic Clinical Fellows, Advanced Clinical Practitioners, GPs currently studying for a PhD (DPhil), followed by an interview with Academic Primary Care GPs: Professors Richard McManus and Trish Greenhalgh
The event will start with refreshments and welcome from the Head of Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Richard Hobbs, and Academic Lead for Undergraduate GP Teaching, Julian Hancock.
There will be a complementary drinks reception at 6pm followed by a complementary three course dinner at 6:30pm at St Hilda’s
This was a sell out event on the first day of ticket release. Please email Lucy Curtin if you would like to go on the waiting list
|2:00pm - 2:20pm||Registration and refreshments|
|2:20pm - 2:30pm||Welcome and Introduction to Research in the NDPCHS||Prof Richard Hobbs and Dr Julian Hancock|
|2:30pm - 2:50pm||Why Academic Primary Care?||Dr Emma Ladds |
|2:50pm - 3:10pm||The Student Research Experience||Dr Archie Jones and Megan Hennessy|
|3:10pm - 3:35pm||The Academic Clinical Fellowship pathway||Dr Caitríona Callan and Dr Brian Nicholson|
|3:35pm - 3:50pm||Break|
|3:50pm - 4:10pm|
Doing a PhD/DPhil in Primary Care
A roundtable discussion with:
|4:10pm - 4:25pm||Doing an NIHR in-practice Fellowship||Dr Rebecca Payne|
|4:25pm - 4:45pm||A Typical Week as an Academic GP||Dr Anna Seeley|
|4:45pm - 5:00pm||Break|
|5:00pm - 6:00pm||Interviews with Experts and Students: Changing Practice with Research Evidence (and Q&A)||Prof Richard McManus, Prof Trish Greenhalgh and students|
|6:00pm - 6:30pm||Pre-dinner drinks in South Foyer of St Hilda's|
|6:30pm||Dinner, Riverside Pavilion, St Hilda's|
Highlighting the importance of primary care and disease prevention to health systems, and raising the capacity of academic primary care to answer important questions that improve the care of the patients we serve – is what motivated me on my career path, and still does. So much of what we do is uncertain and we should strive for greater clarity through scientific enquiry and then consistent and rapid implementation of the best evidence that emerges.Professor Richard Hobbs
Get in touch:
If you can't find what you're looking for or have any questions, please email
Julian Hancock, Academic Lead for Primary Care Undergraduate Teaching: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Alison Convey: Deputy Academic Lead for Primary Care Undergraduate Teaching: email@example.com
Emma Wiley, Lead Course Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate teaching in the department
See the primary care department contribution to the undergraduate curriculum for graduate entry, pre-clinical and clinical.
Research opportunities for undergraduates
For students undertaking the standard six-year medical course, their third year affords the opportunity to undertake a research project that contributes to the Final Honours School (FHS) phase of their degree
Student prizes and scholarships
The department offers funded studentships and prizes to outstanding applicants.
Oxford GP Society
Aimed at promoting general practice as a career for Oxford medical students, this society invites inspiring GPs and GP trainees to talk about their varied and rewarding careers and experiences in primary care.
Careers in primary care
A career in primary care provides huge challenges and rewards, in terms of connecting with patients, intellectual reasoning and making a tangible difference to people’s lives. Many Oxford graduates have trained as GPs.
Video consulting in the NHS
We offer guidance and resources for NHS patients and clinicians to support online consultations.
Year 4 student, Catrin Jones, looks back on how she completed an award-winning FHS project from her bedroom. Working with the Hypertension Group at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Catrin not only produced findings of significant importance to the clinical care of pregnant women, but also won the prestigious Wronker Research Project Prize.
Ioan Baxter, a 3rd-year medical student, at Worcester College, writes this blog, detailing his research project, as part of the Final Honours Scheme Research Projects Programme, completed under the supervision of Dr. David Nunan of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
From Shakespeare’s plays to Scottish peaks, Angus McCance (Year 6) describes how to make the most of a final-year Elective “pandemic style”…
Preventing deaths from cardiovascular disease and anticoagulants: an analysis of coroner Prevention of Future Deaths reports (PFDs) questions whether lessons are being learnt
Preventing premature death is the aim of coroners’ Prevention of Future Deaths reports. But is this system really helping us to prevent such harms? Oxford medical student, Ali Anis, examined deaths involving cardiovascular disease and anticoagulants for his Final Honours Scheme (FHS) research, to assess the state of play, now published in BJGP Open.
Sixth year medical student, Charlotte, shares evidence-based project as part of the special studies module (SSM)
Sixth year primary care medical student, Charlotte, joined the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine for a three-week period as part of her special study module, to improve her knowledge of evidence-based medicine. In this blog, Charlotte discusses her project, focusing on evaluating the reporting of medication adherence to pharmacological interventions in coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) related randomized control trials (RCTs).
Sixth year medical student, Ben, shares details of upcoming project, focusing on critically appraising tools used to influence clinical decision-making
Sixth year primary care medical student, Ben, will be joining the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine for a three-week period as part of his special study module (SSM), to pursue his interests in meta-analysis and interventions.
In February, the Undergraduate Teaching Team launched their inaugural fourth year Special Study Module in Primary Care. Two students, Emily Swift and Adam Carter, share their experiences.
When the Clinical School was forced to close its doors in March, medical students seized the opportunity to support Oxford’s effort to combat the pandemic. They volunteered in a huge variety of settings, from the university’s vaccine trial to local GP practices. Here’s what some of them have been up to…
The Patient & Doctor I Course has received outstanding feedback from first-year and second-year medical students. In a pre-clinical curriculum driven by science, it is students’ only opportunity to meet patients and develop their curiosity for clinical medicine.
Undergraduate clinical students Krupa Ravi and Yethrib Mohammed have pioneered a project to produce filmed material to improve teaching about social determinants of health. Here, they explain the importance of promoting patient perspectives.
This term, we hear from second-year student Bethan Storey (Queen’s College). Bethan discusses the impact of Covid on university life for pre-clinical students.
Sixth year primary care medical students share details of their project focusing on identifying research irregularities for systematic reviews
Sixth year primary care medical students Sarah Peters and Archie Lodge joined the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine for a three-week period as part of a special study module to improve their knowledge of evidence-based medicine. In this blog, they discuss their project, focusing on evaluating available techniques to identify research irregularities that require further scrutiny and the role they play when conducting systematic reviews.
Final-year medical students, Ibrahim and Alicia, share details of their Special Studies Module (SSM) project; carried out alongside Dr. David Nunan at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
Here's what our students have to say about our undergraduate programme:
It reminds me why I decided to study medicine
My tutor is a brilliant teacher. She taught us that it is okay to make mistakes and they provide us with a great opportunity to learn. It was a privilege to sit in on patient consultations, gaining their trust, and to see the application of what we are taught in lectures within real life
It was brilliant to be able to speak to patients and practice asking the right questions whilst demonstrating empathy and understanding
If you can't find what you're looking for or have any questions, please email
Julian Hancock, Academic Lead for Primary Care Undergraduate Teaching, email@example.com
Dr Alison Convey: Deputy Academic Lead for Primary Care Undergraduate Teaching, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Wiley, Lead Course Administrator, email@example.com