Postgraduate Certificate in International Primary Care Research Leadership

Key facts

Course Code: TC_DP9P1

Part-time: 28 months

Start Date: July 2018

Course status: Closed to applications

Deadlines: 12 noon UK time (midday) on:

  • Friday 19 January 2018
  • Friday 9 March 2018

Later applications may be considered if places are available

This part-time programme is aimed at post-doctoral primary care researchers who are likely to be future leaders in primary care research.




The Programme is delivered in conjunction with Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and is supported by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.


Application status

  • Application closed

Postgraduate Certificate in International Primary Care Research Leadership


The programme aims to foster and develop future leaders in primary care research. Designed to explore different aspects of leadership, participants are encouraged to identify their own development needs and form peer learning groups. Participants have access to current leaders and experts in strategic leadership.

Programme details

The Postgraduate Certificate in International Primary Care Research Leadership is normally completed in 28 months. It consists of three residential meetings in Oxford and three written assignments. The course is designed to be taken alongside work commitments and will explore different aspects of leadership with a focus on personal development, teamwork and peer support.

  • Year 1 (July) Five day intensive residential meeting in Oxford at the start of the programme.
  • Year 2 (September) Interim residential meeting in Oxford.  Participants will spend two to three days in Oxford to further the work they are doing together, provide peer support for each other, meet other cohorts and follow up on the first meeting.
  • Year 3 (September) Residential meeting in Oxford. Again this will be a joint meeting with previous cohorts. Participants will spend two to three days in Oxford with time for both joint and single cohort activities.  Participants will present the results of their participation in the programme including what they have achieved over the two years and where this is leading.
  • Participants will be expected to maintain contact with other members of their cohort throughout the programme as part of their peer learning set.
  • On completion of the programme participants have the opportunity to continue meeting with other cohorts in Oxford on a yearly basis in September at their own cost.

Course Aims

The aims of the course are:

  • To provide education and training in primary care research leadership
  • To broaden the skill base of participants and enable them to develop their own leadership role in their primary care research careers – knowledge of current leadership theories, scenario planning, media skills
  • To enhance lifelong learning skills and personal development and the use of these in their leadership of primary care research – networking with current leaders and own peer group, coaching skills, insight into own developmental needs and ways to fulfill these
  • To broaden the participants’ knowledge of the current leaders and awareness of the position of primary care research both nationally and internationally

All graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in International Primary Care Research Leadership will be able to demonstrate:

  • A systematic understanding of the key components of leadership theory, and a critical awareness of current leaders’ approaches to issues in primary care research which is informed by the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study and/or area of professional practice
  • A comprehensive understanding of the potential role of personality preferences on leadership styles based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators
  • A comprehensive understanding of applicability of leadership theories to their own research or advanced scholarship
  • Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of methodologies to enhance individual leadership skills tailored to their own research leadership contexts. 


Assessment methods

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate students must:

  • Attend three residential meetings in Oxford
  • Complete three written assignments of not more than 4000 words

There will be a formative assessment of the presentation of participant's research and leadership progress at each of the residential meetings.  This is followed by a written assignment, to be submitted six weeks after each of the residential meetings - three in total throughout the course.


Teaching staff

The course director is Professor Alison Ward and the deputy course director is Dr Kamal Mahtani, both of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (NDPCHS).

The course sessions are also delivered by a mix of senior staff from NDPCHS and external speakers chosen for their leadership experience and expertise.


Fee rates

Programme fees for the certificate are £12,300 for entry in July 2018.

This does not include the cost of travel to attend the three residential meetings in Oxford.


Levels and demands

The programme is aimed at post-doctoral primary care researchers. Candidates will have at least 5 years’ demonstrated leadership experience at post-doctoral or equivalent level.


How to apply

Applications for this course should be made via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. This website includes further information about this course and a guide to applying.

Applicants will be asked to provide a personal statement describing:

  • Track record
  • Commitment to pursuing a career in primary care research
  • Demonstration of leadership potential

Indicative Course dates for 2018

1st Year residential Sunday 15th July to Friday 20th July
(Teaching Monday-Friday)

Contact us

If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying please contact

+44 (0) 1865 286941

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for applicants and students on this course

Sources of funding

Information on financial support