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Useful Information


Applying for a PhD at the University of Exeter

We currently do not have any funded PhD studentships. If you are interested in doing a self-funded or externally sponsored PhD within the Health Services and Policy Research Group, please:

  • Check our streams of research and see how your proposal might fit in with those.
  • Carefully check the University of Exeter website in relation to policies, funding and approval processes.

For any questions in relation to the scientific content of your proposal please do contact us directly ( If you have any other question not related to the scientific content of the proposal please contact the Postgraduate Admissions directly. 

Research Degrees at the University of Exeter Medical School

Funding for PhD students

Applying for PhD

HSPRG PhDs in progress and completed

Latest News

Good news for Jon Evans

27 May 2021

Jon P Evans's paper ‘How long does a shoulder replacement last? A systematic review and meta-analysis of case series and national registry reports with more than 10 years of follow-up.’ has been picked up as an NIHR Alert

Congratulations to Abdullah Mubarky

14 April 2021

A successful upgrade for Abdullah. Thanks to his supervisors: Chema Valderas, Claire Hulme and Emma Pitchforth.

SPOCC study

14 April 2021

The £1.75 million award from NIHR will fund a five year programme led by the University of Exeter, working with University College London. The research will seek to establish which groups of pre-existing conditions put patients at higher risk of delayed cancer diagnoses. It also seeks to develop and pilot tools to reduce these delays. Early diagnosis is the key factor on improving survival rates in cancer, a condition which will affect one in two people during their lives. Evidence indicates that diagnosis is delayed in patients who have other conditions already, as cancer symptoms can be even harder to spot. SPOCC will be run by Professors Jose M Valderas and Gary Abel within the College of Medicine and Health. Press release

Statistician/data analyst post (now closed)

20 November 2020

See Job vacancies below for a Graduate Research Assistant/ Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow working on investigating the impact of pre-existing conditions on the early diagnosis of cancer (SPOCC). Deadline is 15 December 2020 for a 1 January 2021 start (36 month duration). Link

ACF applications called for - deadline 8 July (now closed)

17 June 2020

Applications are invited for Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) in General Practice at ST1 / ST2 with the Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx) at Exeter University from 05th August 2020. Apply by 8th July!

Congratulations to Rob Anderson from the HSPRG team 

21 April 2020

The QUEX Institute of Global Sustainability and Wellbeing, a pioneering virtual collaboration between the Universities of Queensland and Exeter, is delighted to announce the appointment of the new Exeter leads for our three refreshed themes. The Healthy Living theme will be led by Professor Rob Anderson; the Global Environmental Futures theme by Professor Catriona McKinnon; and the new Digital Worlds and Disruptive Technologies theme by Professor Naomi Hawkins. The new theme leads have recently assumed their new roles on 1 April 2020. They will lead development of the themes for the second phase of the QUEX Institute, working closely with their new counterpart theme leads at the University of Queensland. We congratulate them on their appointments and at the same time, extend our heartfelt thanks to outgoing theme leads Jo Bowtell, Ian Bateman and Iain Lang for their dedication and hard work to ensure the success of the first phase of the QUEX Institute.


20 March 2020

The HSPRG team are still working, but remotely at home, from this week. Still contactable in the usual way.

SW SAPC 2020 Bristol

4 March 2020

Bristol are hosting the SW SAPC conference this year and HSPRG would like to offer their congratulations to Jimmy Martin who is presenting there on Friday 6 March on his PhD study around diabetes in Ecuador. Jimmy is currently working in Exeter with the HSPR Group and is in  Bristol with the Primary Care contingent from Exeter. 

Associate Professor/Professor of General Practice and Primary Care

26 February 2020

Are you a Senior Academic GP wanting to join and help lead an excellent and expanding primary care research team? This exciting opportunity for a senior academic GP is currently advertised on the University of Exeter website. This is a key post to support the further expansion of our vision for primary care within the Medical School. The appointee will join an excellent team of primary care researchers in a senior leadership role. (Deadline 1 March)

STOPP START Dissemination

18 February 2020

HSPRG are disseminating the results from the STOPP START** realist synthesis study on 26 February from 13.00-16.45 in Smeall Building on St Luke's Campus, Exeter. Dr Christiane Muth will start by talking about the PRIMUM RCT, followed by a presentation of the project and then a workshop to develop ideas for further research and implications. STOPP START Flyer

** The most widely used tool for appropriate prescription in older adults in England and European countries

Job Vacancies

HSPRG - PA/Admin vacancy 0.3 FTE (now closed)

23 April 2021

There is a vacant role for a PA/admin in HSPRG - advert. We are looking for a 0.3 FTE PA/administrator to join Professor Jose Valderas and our team in the Health Services and Policy Research Group based in Smeall Building, St Lukes campus. This is a good opportunity for staff working part-time already who are looking to increase their hours.

Admin contact

Mrs Joy Choules

PA to Professor Jose M Valderas and Administrator to HSPRG 

Room JS03 Smeall Building

St Lukes Campus


Devon EX1 2LU

United Kingdom

01392 722743

About Professor Barbara Starfield

Professor Barbara Starfield (1932-2011), a physician and health services researcher, was university distinguished professor and professor of health policy and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. She is internationally known for her work in primary care, and her books are widely recognised as the seminal works in the field. She was instrumental in leading projects to develop important methodological tools, including the Primary Care Assessment Tool (PCAT), the CHIP tools (to assess adolescent and child health status), and the Johns Hopkins Adjusted Clinical Groups (ACGs) for assessment of diagnosed morbidity burdens reflecting degrees of co-morbidity. She was the co-founder and first president of the International Society for Equity in Health, a scientific organization devoted to dissemination of knowledge about the determinants of inequity in health and ways to eliminate them. Her work focused on quality of care, health status assessment, primary care evaluation, and equity in health. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine, serving on its governing council. She was a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and many other government and professional committees and groups.

For an archive of Barbara Starfield's presentations, please follow the link: 

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Link to previous Starfield Lectures