Eastman Dental Institute MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

The UCL Eastman Dental Institute offers the possibility for suitable candidates to carry out an MPhil/PhD research programme (three-year full-time or five-year part-time). All new students are registered through the UCL Eastman Dental Institute Centre for Postgraduate Research (UCL ECPgR) at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
3 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.
Applications accepted
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Entry requirements

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. All prospective applicants, except those applying for advertised studentships, are encouraged to send an informal research enquiry. This should be sent directly to the Research Student Administrator (edi-phd@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 Eastman on 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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. 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 laboratory based and 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 research 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

Undertaking a PhD degree 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, in particular, worldwide.


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.


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

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 Microbial Diseases. During their research programme, the students 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.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690 £3,035
Tuition fees (2022/23) £27,480 £15,190

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.

Additional costs

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 

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.

Next steps

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 spring 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 on edi-phd@ucl.ac.uk

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

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