Postgraduate research opportunities

PhD and MD opportunities in General Practice and Primary Care

Register your interest

If you are interested in PhD or MD opportunities within the area of general practice and primary care, and for more information, please contact Prof Kate O'Donnell.

More information on University of Glasgow website

Information about study options, entry requirements, fees and funding, and how to apply is available on the main UofG website.

Current PhD/MD students

A list of current and recently completed doctoral students is available on this webpage.

What our students say 

Watch our video of doctoral students talking about the Glasgow/GPPC experience, the support they receive from their supervisors and the wider GPPC team, and the opportunities that have opened up to them.

Subject areas in which GPPC staff can offer supervision

Health inequalities/Inclusion health
Living with long-term conditions
Health services research
Qualitative and mixed methods research
Realist research methods

Primary care management of stroke
Stroke patient experience
Minimally disruptive medicine, treatment burden, patient capacity in long term conditions, particularly stroke
Mixed methods research – qualitative and quantitative

Primary care mental health
Chronic disease management
Health inequalities

Experiences and perceptions of health and illness
Understanding of risk
Qualitative methods

e-Health – particularly relating to implementation/integration and knowledge transfer opportunities as well as complex interventions (from professional, patient/carer, or public perspectives)
Heart failure – particularly relating to palliative care issues, co-morbidity (particularly depression) and complex interventions
Research using Normalisation Process Theory
Minimally disruptive medicine addressing issues of treatment burden and multiple morbidity

Chronic pain/musculoskeletal problems
Mental health
Long-term conditions
Epidemiological/quantitative research methods

Mental health
Health inequalities
Cancer (particularly psychosocial aspects)

Organisation and delivery of primary care services
Impact of new services and policy on patients and professionals
Normalisation of new services and technologies
Care for marginalised populations, in particular migrant populations
Projects usually use mixed methods approaches and are often underpinned by Normalisation Process Theory, candidacy and the concept of treatment burden

Patient engagement in health care
Health care of marginalised patient groups particularly people who experience homelessness, problem substance use
Representing medical and social complexity in health service research