Professor Peter Murchie

Professor Peter Murchie
Professor Peter Murchie
Professor Peter Murchie

MB ChB, BSc (MedSci), MSc, FRCGP, PhD, AFHEA, P CertMgmt (OU)

Personal Chair (Clinical)

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 437222
Office Address

Room 1:024 Division of Applied Health Sciences Section of Academic Primary Care Polwarth Building Foresterhill Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


Peter Murchie trained in medicine at the University of Aberdeen, graduating in 1994. He completed vocational training in general practice in Northeast Scotland before embarking upon a career in academic general practice through a Cancer Research UK Primary Care Oncology Fellowship. He is currently Professor of Primary Care and lead of the Academic Primary Care Research Group, within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences University of Aberdeen.  He leads a research programme which uses clinical data to pursue two main aims: first to better understand the cancer diagnostic pathway within primary care, and second, to improve community-based cancer survivorship care. He maintains a foothold in daytime and out-of-hours general practice in Northeast Scotland.


  • BSc (Med Sci) Medicine 
    1992 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MB ChB Medicine/Surgery 
    1994 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MRCGP General Practice 
    1998 - Royal College of General Practitioners 
  • P CertMgmt (OU) Management 
    2004 - The Open University 
    With distinction
  • MSc Primary Care 
    2005 - University of Aberdeen 
    With distinction
  • PhD Primary Care 
    2009 - University of Aberdeen 
  • FRCGP General Practice 
    2013 - Royal College of General Practitioners 
  • AFHEA Medical Education 
    2019 - Higher Education Academy 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

University of Aberdeen

2004-2018         Member of Research Governance and Quality Assurance Committee, DAHS

2015-2017         Deputy Convener of Monitoring and Audit Group, College of Life Sciences and Medicine

2016-2019         IAHS Athena SWAN co-Champion

2016-now           IAHS Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team member

2016-now           Member of School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nutrition Athena SWAN committee

2017-now           Lead of Primary Care Research Group, Institute of Applied Health Sciences

2017-now           Member of Management Group, Institute of Applied Health Sciences

2017-2020          Senatus Academicus, Senator for School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nutrition

External Memberships

Cancer Research UK

2012-2018          Member of Cancer Research UK Population Research Committee

2014-2018            Chairman of Cancer Research UK PRC Fellowships Panel

2014-date            Member of the National Cancer Diagnostic Audit (NCDA) Project Group


National Cancer Research Institute

2010-now            Member of PCG Early Diagnosis Subgroup, chair Dr F Walter

2015-now            Member of Primary Care Group, chair Prof R Neal

2015-now            Member of PCG Survivorship Subgroup, chair Prof E Watson

2015-2018            Member of Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis Advisory Group


Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

2012-2015           Member of Northeast Scotland Faculty Board

2011-now            Member of the Editorial Board, British Journal of General Practice


Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC)

2001-2007            Chair of Communications and Member of SAPC Executive

2007-2012            Primary Healthcare Research and Development Short Reports Editor


National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

2010-2015            Expert GP Advisor in Cancer to NICE Quality Outcome Framework


Scottish Government

2005-2006            Member of SMASAC Working Group on Regulating Cosmetic Surgery

2008-now            Member of Scottish School of Primary Care/NHS Advisory Group

2013-now            Member of Transforming Care After Cancer Treatment Evaluation Group


NHS Grampian

2013-now            Member of Grampian Cancer Care Network Primary Care Group


Yorkshire Cancer Research

2016-now            Member of Research Advisory Panel


Tenovus Cancer Care

2018-now            Member of Psychosocial Advisory Committee


Chief Scientist Office

2020-now            Member of Health Improvement, Protection and Service Research Committee   


Trial Steering Committees

 2014-now            ROCKetTS Trial Steering Committee Member

2018-now            Yorkshire Lung Cancer Screening Trial (YLCST) Trial Steering Committee Member

Latest Publications

View My Publications

Prizes and Awards

2014       RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2013- cancer category. The award ‘gives recognition to an                           individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of                         research relating to general practice or primary care’

2006       Member of the original cohort of The Brisbane Initiative - an international training programme for                   primary care research leadership

2003       Cancer Research UK Research Training Fellowship in Primary Care Oncology

2001       Higher Professional Training Fellowship, NHS Education for Scotland

1998       The Maclennan Award, Northeast Scotland Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners

1993       The Lockhart Bequest, University of Aberdeen

1989       Fife Jamieson Medal, University of Aberdeen


Research Overview

My research focuses on managing cancer within primary care.

1. How is cancer diagnosed, what factors are influential, and how can the cancer diagnostic process in primary care be optimised.

2. How can primary care best support people living in the community after they have completed their primary cancer treatment.

Research Areas

Biomedical Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Healthcare Science
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Oncology
  • Epidemiology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Knowledge Exchange

Jun 2019: Cromar Future Group, MacRobert Hall, Tarland. How does living in a rural setting affect your experience of cancer services?

Sep 2017: University of Aberdeen Cancer Rally, Aberdeen. Stall - A digital vision for equitable cancer aftercare.

May 2015: Café Med and University of Aberdeen May Festival, Suttie Centre. The ASICA Intervention: digital follow-up for people that have had skin cancer.

Apr 2015: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Live demonstration of ASICA to Justine Martin, Head of Rural Evidence.

Jan 2012: Opening Public Engagement Lecture of the Cafe Med Series 2012, Suttie Centre, University of Aberdeen. Signed off with Stress.


Teaching Responsibilities

Co-ordinator of Epidemiology module (PU5538) for Online Postgraduate Certificate in Research Method

External Examiner for  MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert in Urgent Care/Rural Medicine, University of Central Lancashire

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

Phase II and phase III student teaching in general practice consultations

Selector for medical admissions

Annual supervision of Student Selected Module (SSM) in research evidence

OSCE examiner for MBChB undergraduates


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