PhD opportunities in the Academic Unit of Medical Education & Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care

We'd be delighted to hear from any students who might be interested in applying for a PhD. Our mission is:

“Research and teaching excellence in both medical education and primary medical care through the development and evaluation of innovative undergraduate teaching and complex health interventions.”

Research in the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care (AUPMC) addresses clinically important questions in relation to primary and community healthcare. Our areas of interest include persistent "medically unexplained" symptoms (Prof Burton, from January 2017), neurological conditions (Dr Dickson), overlap of physical and mental health (Dr Mitchell) and medical education (Dr Jackson, Dr Thompson).

The group has a cross-cutting theme of reducing the impact of health inequalities. We use a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, working in collaborations across disciplines and university departments, and so provide a broad-based research training for our PhD students.


Supervisors will be matched to the individual research interests of both students and supervisors: Professor Deborah Murdoch-Eaton, Professor Jim Crossley, Dr Denise Bee, Dr Michelle Marshal, Dr Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt, Dr Caroline Mitchell, Dr Jon Dickson, Prof Chris Burton, Dr Ben Jackson, Dr Joanne Thompson.

More information about current opportunities are available at:

Contact Details

For more information, please e-mail either Prof Chris Burton, Head of Department or Dr Jon Dickson, Post-Grad Research Lead.