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Dentistry (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) MPhil/PhD

The UCL Eastman Dental Institute offers the possibility for suitable candidates to carry out a Clinical Experience MPhil/PhD research programme (three-year full-time or five-year part-time). From September 2016, all new students will be registered through the newly created UCL Eastman Dental Institute Centre for Postgraduate Research (UCL ECPgR) at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

UK/EU:
£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,180 (FT)

Application dates

At the UCL Eastman Dental Institute Centre for Postgraduate Research, start dates will be normally twice a year, September (date as per the start of the academic year) and March/April (date as per the first day of the summer term). Exceptions may be made depending on the funding requirements.

Some of our applicants wish to submit their own research proposal. If you wish to do so, please make sure that first you identify a suitable supervisor with the correct expertise. If you are unsure, please contact the Divisional Graduate Tutor (edi-phd@ucl.ac.uk).
Fees note: All fees quoted are for new students only for 2016 entry. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase by approximately 3-5%.

Entry Requirements

All prospective applicants, except those applying for advertised studentships, are encouraged to send an informal research enquiry. This should either be sent directly to the academic you are interested in working with or the Divisional Graduate Tutor (edi-uni@ucl.ac.uk).

Making a research enquiry helps define your interests, contributes to making your application successful, and also serves to ensure the identification of the best possible supervisor for your needs. You can find information about the research departments within the Division on the Research Page.

All applicants must meet UCL's general entry requirements for MPhil/PhD.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Overview

The aims of this centre are to:
  • Train researchers internationally to embed new knowledge in best practice addressing scientific and clinical research needs in the dental, medical and allied health sectors
  • Engage with industry in developing therapeutics, instruments and tools
  • Engage practitioners with novel ways of understanding diseases
  • Engage the public with the research undertaken at the Eastman and also novel ways of understanding and improving their conditions and wellbeing.

Research areas

UCL Eastman Institute seeks to improve and make positive impact upon oral and systemic health through innovative and high-quality research. The institute has a global reputation in its three key areas of interest - Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Clinical Research and UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

During his/her research programme, 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. It is however expected that the nature of the research project will be on basic science but may be clinically relevant depending on the project.

Funding

Some projects offered for PhD are already funded and studentships will be advertised on both the UCL Eastman Dental Institute's Research page and the UCL jobs website. It is worth noting that due to the complex nature of this programme, it is highly anticipated for the applicant to secure his or her own funding.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

SLMS Student Conference Fund

Value:
(1)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Imperial College and Westminster NHS Trust
  • Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Consultant, UCL Eastman Dental Institute
  • Lecturer, University Hospital Rio
  • Research Fellow, University of Tampere

Employability

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

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Student / staff ratios › 63 staff including 6 postdocs › 390 taught students › 66 research students

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Degree reviews

Student review

"I am most impressed by Eastman’s extensive network of collaboration. My PhD project enabled me to collaborate with the International Severe Adverse Event Consortium, the University of Liverpool, as well as 22 international clinical centres. It is the largest study of its kind to date."

Pok-Lam Fung

Eastman Dental Institute PhD
Staff review

"After 10 years working for the oil industry I was looking for a new challenge in a biomedical field and was attracted to a joint postdoctoral academic/industrial position at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute which enabled me to use all my past polymer, colloid and chemistry experience to develop new dental materials. With the imminent phase out of antibacterial mercury-based amalgam, white composites will become the main tooth restoration material. Current commercial composites have higher failure rates but I am running a research group – working with clinicians, cell biologists, microbiologists, material scientists, engineers and industrial companies – to develop a new antibacterial composite which also helps the tooth re-mineralise and thereby repair itself. Recently we helped a start-up company develop to market a modified dental composite which is now used in hospitals across Europe to repair common osteoporotic spinal fractures and stabilise screws to fix other bone fractures. "

Dr Anne Young

UCL Eastman Dental Institute MPhil/PhD
Reader in Biomaterials
Staff review

"My clinical studies are focussed on innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for disease of the mouth, jawbone, salivary glands and the head and neck region in general. These include cancer and pre-cancer, chronic pain, chronic inflammation, and adverse side effects of cancer medications and radiotherapy. The ultimate goal is to provide patients with better diagnostic tools to identify disease at an early stage and better treatment."

Dr Stefano Fedele

UCL Eastman Dental Institute MPhil/PhD
UCL Eastman Dental Institute

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

At the UCL Eastman Dental Institute Centre for Postgraduate Research, start dates will be normally twice a year, September (date as per the start of the academic year) and March/April (date as per the first day of the summer term). Exceptions may be made depending on the funding requirements.

Some of our applicants wish to submit their own research proposal. If you wish to do so, please make sure that first you identify a suitable supervisor with the correct expertise. If you are unsure, please contact the Divisional Graduate Tutor (edi-phd@ucl.ac.uk).

For more information see our Applications page.

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