Eastman Dental Institute (Clinical Experience) MPhil/PhD
The UCL Eastman Dental Institute offers the possibility for suitable candidates to carry out a Clinical Experience MPhil/PhD research programme (four-year full-time only). All new students are registered through the UCL Eastman Dental Institute Centre for Postgraduate Research (UCL ECPgR) at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute.
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme startsResearch degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.
Applications acceptedApplications are accepted on a rolling basis.
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised MRes or Master’s degree. Applicants are also expected to satisfy UCLH NHS Foundation Trust requirements for engagement in clinical practice. Entry is extremely competitive and places will only be offered to exceptional candidates. In addition to choosing a research project, applicants must decide on the clinical discipline within which they wish to gain experience. All prospective applicants are encouraged to send an informal research enquiry. This should be sent directly to the Research Student Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 Eastman on the the Eastman website. All applicants must meet UCL's general entry requirements for MPhil/PhD.
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
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.
About this degree
UCL Eastman Dental Institute is a world-leading, academic centre for postgraduate dentistry and translational research based in central London. The institute offers an extensive range of high-quality study opportunities including Master's degrees, speciality training, certificates, diplomas, research-informed degrees and CPD courses. It is also a world-class research centre offering a range of doctorates. The clinically intensive programmes are led by international specialists and the UCL Eastman Dental Institute enjoys many long-standing collaborations with international universities, the NHS, industry sponsors and other UCL research groups. Many graduates become leading clinical specialists, consultants, senior lecturers and post-doctoral researchers.
Who this course is for
What this course will give you
UCL Eastman Dental Institute is the largest postgraduate dental school in Europe and has a reputation as one of the world's leading academic centres for dentistry. Moreover, it is also a world-class research centre dedicated to basic, translational research allied to dentistry and oral health. We achieved a good outcome in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 and have one of the strongest NIHR-funded translational portfolios in dentistry with world-leading publications.
At UCL Eastman Dental Institute research is highly collaborative and most of our current research projects attract interaction with outside partners in UCL, other universities in the UK and around the globe. The grant success is derived from several sponsors - such as ERC, NIHR, EPSRC – which showcases the wide range of research activities in basic, translational and dental research. We have long-standing collaborations through an ever-growing portfolio of projects, with SMEs and large multinational companies alike.
The institute's strategy is to undertake high-quality research that advances knowledge of the causes, treatment and prevention of orofacial and related disease and to translate such findings into improved clinical care and public policy.
The foundation of your career
Studying for a PhD at UCL Eastman 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. In this programme all students have exclusively gone back to clinical service.
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. Some graduates have secured prestigious specialist training posts.
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. An annual PhD Research Symposium is organised, where Research Students present oral and poster presentation highlighting their research projects.
Teaching and learning
Research areas and structure
This is a full-time, four-year programme which offers the opportunity to work on a science or clinically relevant project under the guidance of a supervisor. However, students will be linked with a clinical unit depending on their trained specialisation. Students will be offered the chance to sustain limited clinical activity during the programme depending on the demands of the hosting division in order to maintain her/his clinical expertise. UCL Eastman Institute seeks to improve and make a positive impact upon oral and systemic health through innovative and high-quality research. The institute has a global reputation in the key area of Clinical Research.
UCL Eastman Dental Institute seeks to improve and make a positive impact upon oral and systemic health through innovative, translational and high-quality research. We are the largest postgraduate dental school in Europe and have a reputation as one of the world’s leading academic centres for dentistry. Moreover we are also a world-class research centre dedicated to basic, translational research allied to Dentistry and Oral Health. An ambitious clinical research programme at Eastman is funded through NIHR UCLH Biomedical Research Centre. As part of NIHR UCLH Biomedical Research Centre, the Eastman Clinical Investigation Centre (ECIC) at the Institute focuses on translational (experimental) medicine, including clinical trials of repurposed drugs, novel diagnostics, novel drugs and devices, and improvements in treatment selection and evaluation of response. Our researchers are expert in early first-in-human clinical studies and also large multicentre phase III trials, including both Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs) and non-CTIMPs studies. The institute has a global reputation in its four key areas of interest - Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Clinical Research, Oral Health and Society and Microbial Diseases. Eastman achieved a good outcome in the UK REF 2014. The recent Rand citation analysis indicates that UCL Eastman Dental institute and Dental Public Health as number 2 for world leading publications in the UK in Dentistry and number 1 for the partner NHS organisation http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1363.html .
During your PhD research programme, you will be expected to undertake a research project under the supervision of at least one member of the institute's academic staff.
Our research is highly collaborative and most, if not all, of our current projects attract interaction with outside partners in UCL, other universities in the UK and around the globe. Our grant success is derived from several sponsors – such as ERC, NIHR, EPSRC – which showcases the wide range of our research activities in basic, translational and dental research.
Our researchers are leaders in their fields with many having pivotal roles in other organisations such as the Longitude Prize, EPSRC, NIHR and IADR as well as being editors of prominent journals. Our staff are committed to providing a supportive research environment, with personal supervisors ensuring graduates are guided and championed throughout their time with us and beyond.
The nature of the PhD research project can be defined by either the academic supervisor or by you, 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.
You will be registered through the newly created UCL Eastman Dental Institute Centre for Postgraduate Research (UCL ECPgR) at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute. You are required to register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an upgrade. Your PhD research project must be approved prior to registration.
In your first year, you will be required to take part in a mandatory presentations skills seminar programme. Within three months of joining the programme, you are expected to agree with your supervisor the basic structure of your research project, an appropriate research method and a realistic plan of work. You will produce and submit a detailed outline of your proposed research to your supervisor for their comments and feedback.
The MPhil to PhD upgrade will take place at a fixed date at the 12th month from enrolment (Supervisory team and you will be informed of the upgrade viva date at the time of enrolment). To successfully upgrade to PhD you must produce a report (up to a maximum of 30 pages), comprising background (including a brief literature review, the importance of the problem along with aims and objectives), methods, results, discussion, future work, references and any presentations or publications arising from the work. You are also required to present and answer questions about this work to a panel consisting of your subsidiary supervisor and another member of the faculty who acts as an independent assessor. Around the time of upgrade you will also be required to give a presentation of your research work before an audience of UCL Eastman Academic and Clinical staff and fellow PhD students.
In your second year you will also be expected to produce a poster presentation of your PhD research project.
Upon successful completion of your approved period of registration of four years you may transfer to a completing research student (CRS) status while you write up your thesis. This will be a maximum of one year.
Fees and funding
Fees for this course
|Tuition fees (2022/23)||£5,690|
|Tuition fees (2022/23)||£27,480|
The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
Research students will incur an additional fee element (AFE) per year of study, which ranges from £1000 to £10,000 (exceptionally over £10,000). This fee is mandatory to complete the programme and covers consumables, laboratory costs and costs associated with running the project. The exact amount will depend on the needs of the individual research project and will be discussed with you at the time of application
This programme requires a completed DBS check for some compulsory modules. You will receive more information from UCL on how to complete the check once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer for the programme. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75. The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the UCL Graduate Admissions team.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Funding your studies
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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
At the UCL Eastman Dental Institute Centre for Postgraduate Research, start dates will be normally at three points in the year; September (date as per the start of the academic year), January (date as per the first day of the summer term) 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 our Research Student Administrator (email@example.com).
Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.
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