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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.

The following projects are currently available:

Microbial Diseases

Within the Microbial Disease Research Group there is a strong focus on investigating the involvement and management of biofilms in clinical infection. 

Pathogenesis of neurodegeneration

The project will investigate the role of transglutaminase 6 in the cerebellum and analyse its link to causing ataxia as an associated pathology.

Novel biomarkers for arthritis

This PhD project will investigate qualitative protein changes that are unique to degenerative joint pathologies.

Regulation of cancer stem cells by proteolysis

Cancer stem cells have recently been identified to be responsible for disease recurrance and metastatic spread.

Mechanisms underlying preferential ‘scarless’ wound healing in the oral mucosa

This project aims to identify the key genes and signalling pathways underlying preferential scarless wound healing responses in oral mucosal fibroblasts.

UK government postgraduate doctoral loans

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

Find out more about UK government postgraduate doctoral loans


There are currently no funding opportunities available.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

Get the latest information on postgraduate fees.

Students from outside the EU

Get the latest information on postgraduate fees.

In  place of a personal statement, you must write as to why you want to undertake the particular type of PhD research study, e.g. 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:  letter of confirmation of scholarship).

Application deadline

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. Due to visa applications for overseas student that live outside the European Union to allow UK entry we have the following application deadlines:

  • For January 2017 entry: deadline of 15 July 2016.
  • For April 2017 entry: deadline of 16 September 2016.
  • For July 2017 entry: deadline of 30 November 2016.
  • For October 2017 entry: deadline of 30 April 2017.

This allows students that are successful at interview to obtain a valid visa in a timely fashion, so they can start on the chosen entry date.

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, e.g. 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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