A full-time, three year (or part-time, five year) research programme. 


The degree is normally taken over three years full-time or five years part-time, followed by a period of 'writing up' status.

The student will be expected to undertake a research project under the supervision of at least one member of the Institute's academic staff.  The nature of the project can be defined by either the academic supervisor or by the applicant, depending on both availability and method of funding.

The research project must be discussed and arranged with the Graduate Tutor.  A range of projects suitable for study are available.

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet UCL’s general entry requirements for MPhil/PhD.

As with all UCL PhD programmes, the student will initially enrol for an MPhil. After 9-15 months of research, the student will be expected undertake an upgrade procedure to transfer from MPhil to PhD.

Tuition Fees

The latest tuition fee information can be found on the UCL website.

Funding and scholarships

Some projects offered for PhD are already funded and studentships will be advertised both on the main Research page and on the UCL jobs website.

UCL also offers a number of scholarships each year, including Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships, which cover all or part of the graduate student fees.  Details of these scholarships and useful links to other sources of funding can be found on the UCL scholarships and funding webpages.

Career prospects

Recent graduates have either continued on an academic career pathway by obtaining research or academic positions at leading universities, or have entered managerial or research positions in the health service, government or industry.


Being a part of UCL improves graduates employability with industrial companies from the pharmaceutical sector in particular, and due to the reputation of the Institute graduates are sought after in the field of dentistry worldwide.

Networking opportunities

Students are encouraged to attend and contribute to conferences in the UK and internationally. Each year, the Institute allocates a sum of money for the purpose of supporting those who wish to travel to a conference or comparable event, either in the UK or overseas, in order to present a paper or poster based on their work. The Institute also hosts a variety of speakers throughout the year and all our students are encouraged to attend these talks and network with their peers.


Graduate Tutor / Research Student Administrator


Tel: +44 (0)20 3456 1038