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Dentistry (PhD,MPhil)

Our primary objective is to provide internationally competitive research projects, producing highly skilled and competitive postgraduates with excellent future career prospects.

The department welcomes applications from students interested in undertaking research towards attainment of a higher degree. To meet this goal the department offers students a high level of expertise and support in a variety of research subjects.

Programme aims

To offer knowledge, training and expertise for a career in clinical or scientific research.

Distinctive features

Students will work in critical mass groupings, providing a highly interactive research environment, with a high level of technical support and research facilities and laboratories that ensure optimal research training.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD, MPhil
Full-time duration PhD 3 years; MPhil 1 year
Start dates January, April, July, October

Research areas

Applied Clinical Research and Public Health

Applied Clinical Research and Public Health is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Dentistry research programmes (MPhil, PhD).

Oral and Biomedical Sciences

Oral and Biomedical Sciences is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Dentistry research programmes (MPhil, PhD).

Research projects

We are inviting applications to a number of self-funded PhD projects in the School of Dentistry. These projects are open to UK/EU and overseas students.

Although the projects are designed for full-time study, you are welcome to discuss the feasibility of conducting any project part-time with the supervisor in advance of your application. You can find their contact information by following the profile links at the bottom of each project description below.

UK government postgraduate doctoral loans

Candidates for the Professional Doctorate programme may be eligible to apply for a UK government postgraduate doctoral loan.

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See our latest PhD studentships and projects and find out more about other funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

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Students from outside the EU

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In place of a personal statement, you must write as to why you want to undertake the particular type of PhD research study, eg laboratory based, (approximately 500 words).

In answer to the question ‘How do you plan to fund your studies?’, please specify the details and upload any documents providing the evidence (for example, a letter of confirmation of scholarship).

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

Research proposal

Advertised research project

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of the project you wish to be considered for.

Under 'Title/topic of proposed research project', type in the project title and in the space for research proposal, repeat the project title and provide a statement why you are interested in the project (500 words).

Suitable for graduates in scientific, clinical or engineering subjects, eg biosciences, chemistry, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy.

Applicants should normally hold a good honours degree, MSc or equivalent and be able to show research competence for master's or doctoral level entry.

English language requirements

For non-clinical research programmes we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with no less than 5.5 in any of the 4 sub sections) or equivalent qualification. For clinical programmes we require a minimum IELTS score of 7 overall (with a minimum score of 6 in each of the four sub-sections).

Please read our English language requirements for more details.


Administrative contact(s)

School of Dentistry Admissions Officer

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