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Education and Training

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 unviersity's medical school.

SPCR PhD Studentships

As part of our membership to the SPCR's School of Primary Care, there are many funding opportunities available to continue your career in primary care, such as PhD and post doctoral fellowships. 

PhD Studentships in Primary Care 2022 


Summer 2022 Internships with the Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx)

Download the application form -> SPCR Summer Internship 2022 Application

APEx is delighted to invite talented undergraduate students, from any course and from any University, to apply for a School for Primary Care Research Summer Internship. These internships have been developed with a view to supporting students’ interests in a career in research, with a specific focus on academic primary care.

There are two internships being offered by APEx for Summer 2022:

  • One post is reserved for a non-medical undergraduate (this includes those training to be allied health professionals, medical imaging and medical sciences students, along with statisticians for example, or biology undergraduates, etc.).
  • Internships will last six weeks and will take place between 20th June and 23rd September.
  • A bursary of £1,000 will be available to support each intern.
  • The start date and use of funds are flexible, will be agreed with the research lead in advance, and can be tailored to the individual and proposed project.

During the Summer placement, interns will produce a piece of primary care-focussed academic work and will be given the opportunity to later present their work at the NIHR National School for Primary Care Research annual showcase event. Students will gain hands-on experience of primary care research whilst under the supervision of a specialised team of mentors and supervisors. Experiences may include training in research methods, literature reviewing, designing a research study, analysis of secondary data, and attendance at team meetings and seminars. Successful students may also seek opportunities for ongoing support from their research lead in order to publish their project work.


  • For more information about PGR programmes and support, visit the Doctoral College
  • To see APEx members' current PGR, see the members of our team
  • APEx has several associated research groups, and provides opportunities for involvement in research across a wide range of subject areas and methodologies
  • ACFs will either create their own bespoke training programme, based on needs, or sign up for a research masters (MSc) course (for example, in Applied health Services Research)
  • The full NIHR guidance on research integrated academic training is available here
  • For more information contact:

    Dr Jane Smith, Senior Lecturer in Primary Care,

    Dr Emma Pitchforth, Senior Lecturer & Senior Research Fellow in Primary Care,