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MPhil Primary Care Research

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

10 Months
 Start month

 Tuition fee

36789 GBP
18592 GBP
18942 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
Department of Public Health and Primary Care
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

The aim of the course is to provide students with theoretical knowledge and skills as well as practical research experience to launch an academic clinical career in primary care.  Specifically, the course aims to:

  • Contribute to the commitment of the Cambridge University Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust (CUHNHSFT), Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG / Clinical Commissioning Group and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to continuing professional development of NHS staff in an integrated academic and clinical environment;
  • Develop a cadre of primary care clinical research leaders who will pursue clinical Academic careers within academia, the NHS and industry;
  • Contribute to the commitment of the Health Education East of England to continuing professional development of GP Specialty Trainees in an integrated academic and clinical environment;
  • Expand critical and current knowledge of research methodologies through an academically vigorous education programme offered in a world-leading primary care clinical research environment;
  • Equip clinical researchers with knowledge about the complex issues associated with conducting sound translational research in general practice and community settings.

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate work in Cambridge is intense and very intellectually demanding and so the University has high academic entry requirements. Academic requirements will vary from course to course, and you should check the individual course entry in the course directory for the course specific requirements. You are normally expected to hold or to have achieved by the start of your course:

At least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; and
Completion of, or release from, any current training or education course.
A directory on international qualifications that meet the University's minimum academic requirement may be found in the International section of our website.

Applicants should be aware that meeting the University’s or Department’s minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry; it is only one of the factors taken into account when selectors make their decision. Many other factors are also important, such as: suitability for the course, proficiency in English, relevant experience, references, availability of a suitable supervisor, and the ratio of available places.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Students who complete this programme successfully will have gained an understanding of the primary care research context, including the distinctive nature and contribution of primary care research, and the contribution of key underpinning methods.  Specifically, graduates will possess a grounding in primary care-relevant epidemiological, psychological, sociological and health services research methods, statistical methods and data analyses including surveys, trials and evidence synthesis.  Upon successful completion each student will be able to apply contemporary research tools to clinically relevant areas of investigation in primary care.  

Successful completion of the MPhil will also equip students with the skills and knowledge defined by the Academy of Medical Sciences’ Supplementary Guidelines for the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) for Specialty Registrars undertaking joint clinical and academic training programmes (September 2011).

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How to Apply

The Apply Online button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  • you have submitted your application via the Applicant Portal and paid the £50 application fee
  • you have uploaded the required supporting documents via the Applicant Self-Service
  • your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Before applying formally, students should contact individual PIs at the Metabolic Research Laboratories whose work interests them, to enlist their support for the application. Only applications supported by an MRL PI will be considered.  Applications are considered throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Offers made to places on this course are conditional on clearing any security checks the University deems necessary. Security checks are routinely required for all individuals involved in research activities that include working with sensitive information; working with children and vulnerable adults; working with live animals or with tissues supplied from live animals or working in an environment in which such work is pursued by others; working with dangerous pathogens or in a category 3 containment laboratory; or working with some other sensitive technologies. Where necessary the University will ensure that applicants are not disproportionately impacted by the requirement for any security checks by allowing new students to take up places and start appropriate areas of their work prior to a check in other areas being completed.

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