Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) PhD Studentship

Find out about the School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) PhD Studentship opportunity at UCL


UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Healthcare
Research Department of Primary Care & Population Health

Funding period    

The award (3 years) is typically taken up in October 


Studentship awards include home fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £19,237 (tbc), plus a London weighting. 

Overseas students are welcome to apply but will need to fund the remainder of their fees from alternative sources.  

The studentship    

The application process: 

  • Interested individuals should submit a two page CV and a covering letter of not more than two pages. 
  • This letter must include an explanation as to why you want to do a PhD in primary care research and contain a short proposal of the research that you wish to undertake during the PhD studentship. It needs to contain the name of the supervisor with whom the project has been discussed and who has agreed to act as primary supervisor for the PhD. 
  • Please name the CV and covering letter attachments using the naming convention: Surname_CV_STUD24 and Surname_Letter_STUD24
  • Applications should be submitted to Kati Schwab: k.schwab@ucl.ac.uk
  • The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 25 March 2024
  • Candidates selected for interview will be contacted before 29th March 2024 for interview on Weds 10th April 2024 (time TBC)
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be informed.
  • The successful applicant will be required to apply to and register on the Primary Care and Population Health research degree to take up the studentship.

Key requirements    

Applicants must have a first degree in a discipline relevant to primary care research and will be expected to complete a PhD/DPhil during the award period. Relevant disciplines include health sciences, sociology, health psychology, anthropology, social sciences, epidemiology, medical statistics, and health economics.

Applicants must have been in contact with a potential supervisor from the UCL Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health (PCPH) to discuss their proposed application. The primary supervisor must be a member of staff at PCPH. 

For  information on PCPH research interests and expertise please see:
UCL Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health | Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care - UCL – University College London

This studentship covers the cost of tuition fees based on the UK (Home) rate.  Non-UK students can apply but will have to personally fund the difference between the UK (Home) rate and the overseas rate where they are not eligible for UK fee status.

NB: You will be asked about your likely fee status at the interview so we would advise you to contact the UCL Graduate Admissions Office for advice should you be unsure whether or not you meet the eligibility criteria for Home fee status.  Further information on Brexit and the definitions for fee status assessment can be found on the UCL website and also the UKCISA website (Higher Education: Definitions for fee status assessment).

Further details    

If you have any queries about this studentship, please contact 
Dr Cini Bhanu, c.bhanu@ucl.ac.uk

Closing Date  

 25th March 2024

Latest time for submission of applications  

 9am on closing date

Interview date    

Interviews will be held on Weds 10 April 2024 (PM)