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PhD with a Clinical Component

Whatever your dental subdiscipline, this four year PhD with a Clinical Component is an ideal opportunity to engage in exciting research that will grow your research capabilities and confidence, whilst developing your clinical skills.

Each week you will spend four days conducting research and one day enhancing your clinical skills, through supervised care of patients, and learning sessions led by academics with knowledge and a wealth of clinical experience.

Whilst receiving full support at all times, an experiential learning model will allow you to set your own training agenda.

The clinical themes outlined on this page below are for those who wish to focus on Restorative Dentistry. However, if you wish to pursue another dental subdiscipline, we will tailor your training need accordingly to ensure you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Programme aims

Using a capability approach, to develop a sound understanding of your dental subdiscipline, demonstrated through supervised care of patients and engagement in the tutorials.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time
Qualification PhD
Full-time duration 4 years
Start dates January, March, April, July, September, October

The clinical themes outlined below are for those who wish to focus on restorative dentistry. However, if you wish to pursue another dental subdiscipline, we will tailor your training need accordingly. With the clinical component, you may wish to join year one to place your subdiscipline into context, and then focus on your specialist area in subsequent years

During sessions led by academics that will form part of the clinical component, you will engage with the following themes:

Year One: Clinical governance, operative dentistry,  introductory fixed and removable prosthodontics, introductory  periodontology and introductory endodontics.

Year Two: Fixed prosthodontics, full and partial removable prosthodontics, applied dental materials, and dental digital techniques.

Year Three: Interfaces and dental implants.

Year Four: Enhanced fixed and removable prosthodontics, endodontics, and periodontology.

Key to your application is meeting with your PhD supervisors and scoping your proposed research topic.

Your topic will be aligned with the school’s research aims and may involve colleagues outside the school.

If successful with your application, your induction will include an appreciation of the scientific approach including the handling of data and laboratory skills. During your collection of data over the four year programme, you will be fully supported.

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Tuition fees

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As part of your application, you will need to provide the following:

  • a letter of application and CV
  • evidence of being a registered dental practitioner
  • one academic reference
  • one clinical reference
  • evidence that you meet the English language requirements

If your application meets the requirements, you will:

  1. be invited to prepare a protocol with your supervisor on the research project
  2. evidence your operative skills
  3. demonstrate clinical problem solving
  4. take part in a virtual interview at which you will talk about your research proposal

You must have been awarded a primary dental qualification.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in each subskill, or equivalent, taken within the past 2 years.

Please read our English language requirements for more details.



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