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Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx)

Placing research and evidence at the heart of primary care education, the collaboration for academic primary care is involved in various undergraduate, postgraduate, and established professional programmes across the university's medical school.

APEx Education Leads: Dr Jane Smith & Dr Emma Pitchforth

Studentships in Primary Care Research

As part of our membership in the School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), many funding opportunities are available to continue your career in primary care, such as PhD and post-doctoral fellowships. 

The NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Undergraduate Student Internship Programme provides students with experience in a research environment and access to a team of specialised mentors and supervisors. The aim of the programme is to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to gain primary care research experience, allow for greater collaboration and to raise the academic profile of general practice.  


Supervisor (s)

ISPA-T1D: Improving Support for Physical Activity in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes 

Emma Cockcroft


Antimicrobial resistance: a mapping and review of policy  

 Emma Pitchforth and Kasim Allel

Please contact if you have any questions. 

APEx is inviting applications for the following two fully-funded PhD studentships in primary care research to commence in September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter:

1.   A University of Exeter funded studentship focussed on how we can improve safe and effective prescribing in primary care, including in particular the use of routine data, informatics solutions, or pharmacogenetics. Please contact Prof Rupert Payne for further information and to discuss applying.

2.   A National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) funded studentship to be focussed on one of the topics below.


Contact for questions/to discuss application

Co-adapting and evaluating Teen Online Problem-Solving with adolescents with neurodevelopmental conditions (TOPS-ND) for use in primary care

Anna Adlam

Improving support for Physical activity in adolescents with type 1 diabetes

Emma Cockcroft


Evaluating therapy for prolonged grief disorder in an Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) context

Barney Dunn

Life space mobility and wellbeing of care home residents

Vicki Goodwin

Tracking the pathways of young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Dr Tamsin Newlove-Delgado

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR): integration into health services policy, delivery and organisation in primary care

Emma Pitchforth

Probiotics, infection management and primary care

Emma Pitchforth

Non-cancer diagnoses and their potential for missed opportunities in symptomatic cancer diagnosis

Sarah Price

Climbing (e.g., indoor, outdoor, clip, bouldering) and mental health

Samantha van Beurden

Developing a digital self-management intervention for women suffering from dyspareunia

Samantha van Beurden

Use of routine data in clinical trials in primary care

Fiona Warren 

Modern and novel methods of trial design and analysis in primary care

Fiona Warren

Identifying and supporting people with Bipolar Disorder in primary care

Kim Wright

Full information for each project

The closing date for applications is midnight on Wed 3rd May 2023. Initial interviews for the studentship will be held on Thurs 11th May 2023.

How to apply