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The Southampton Primary Medical Care group offers a broad spectrum of expertise in both methodologies and clinical topic areas. We are keen to attract graduates from all these disciplines to carry out postgraduate research. Students have at least 2 PhD supervisors with expertise in the field and have robust training including research methods, statistics and epidemiology and research ethics and governance.

We have a PhD support group and an annual PCPS PhD Research Conference where students can present and share their work.

Primary Care at Southampton currently has 16 PhD/DM students undertaking a broad range of work, some of their web profiles can be viewed on this page here.

Funding opportunities in conjunction with the NIHR School for Primary Care Research can be found here and with the Wellcome Trust here.

Please contact: Associate Professor Hazel Everitt on



Annual PhD conference 21 January 2019

All members of PCPS are invited to attend our annual PCPS PhD conference which will be taking place on Monday 21 January 2019, 9am-2pm at the Institute of Development Sciences (IDS) building, Southampton General Hospital. There will be a total of 12 presentations, please see the progamme in our 'Useful Downloads' below for full details.

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Doug Hardman PhD conference 2018
Doug Hardman presents on Placebos in primary care

4th Annual PhD conference - 31 January 2018

All PhD and MD students supervised by members of the department were given the opportunity to present their research. The whole department was invited and the event was well attended.

Eleven students presented their work, providing a diverse range of  important primary care and public health topics. Research included coffee consumption and liver health; decision making around long-term antidepressant use; significant other experiences of active surveillance for prostate cancer; modelling the future of dementia care; and an exploration of placebo effects in general practice.

The conference highlighted the variety of quantitative and qualitative methods used to conduct research within the department.

Students were given the opportunity to network over lunch with the  audience, and further discuss their research. The event was extremely successful, and gave the students a great opportunity to share their  research ideas and receive feedback in front of a mixed audience of fellow students, supervisors, and PCPS staff.   

You can view the conference programme below in 'Useful Downloads'.

Stephanie Hughes PhD conference 2018
Stephanie Hughes presents the SOACTIVE trial
Nida Ziauddeen PhD conference 2018
Nida Ziauddeen presents on maternal risk factors for childhood obesity

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