UCL Eastman Dental Institute MPhil/PhD

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

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

Entry Requirements

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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The institute has a global reputation for high-quality research in three key areas:
  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  • Clinical Research
  • Microbial Diseases

Research areas

A list of projects available to study is published on the Institute's website.


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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed 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

UK, EU, Overseas students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


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 (2011)
  • Clinical Lecturer/Honourary Consultant, UCL Eastman Dental Institute (2011)
  • Lecturer, University Hospital Rio (2011)
  • Lecturer, Thammasat University (2010)
  • Research Associate, Imperial College London (2010)


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.


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?

The institute shares buildings and clinical facilities with the renowned Eastman Dental Hospital and houses its own biomaterials and tissue engineering, clinical research, and microbial diseases facilities. Research projects available to study span a wide variety of subjects and are attached to supervisors from across the institute's research and education departments.

For more details about the degree please refer to the institute's UCL Eastman Dental Institute MPhil/PhD page.

Student / staff ratios › 80 staff › 420 taught students › 62 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

Application and next steps


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

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