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postgraduate research in dental & Oral HEalth

Ready to start your research career? Explore our postgraduate research degrees in Dental & Oral Health

If you're interested in taking your existing expertise in Dental and Oral Health into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place to do it.

We're looking at how clinicians work with patients from different demographics to promote oral health and prevent disease, how outreach dental care can help combat inequality, and how we can remove the existing barriers to dental care and deliver high quality dentistry to all – and as a postgraduate research degree student with us, you'll make your own contribution to our pioneering work, and play your own part in turning our research into impact.

We're also addressing the growing demand for more complex dental treatment and maintenance among an ageing population, by helping to both develop new operative and learning tools for dentistry – such as the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in dental training – and by researching methods to improve the training of the dental care workforce pre- and post-qualification.

Research degrees

Find out about our PhD, MPhil, Professional Doctorate and PhD by Publication opportunities in Dental and Oral Health below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.

Dental & Oral Health PhDs and MPhils

Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Dental and Oral Health, or submit your own research idea. 

PhD and MPhil projects

Fully-funded project

There are currently no funded PhD projects available in this area – for more information on funding your own research project, visit our pages on funding your research degree.

Submit your own idea

If you already have a research idea, find a supervisor whose research interests match yours using the Portsmouth Research Portal. Once you've identified someone suitable, contact them to discuss your idea. You'll find their contact details on their profile on the portal.

Professional Doctorate

If you're a working professional interested in pursuing work-based research in the field of Dental and Oral Health, find out more about our Professional Doctorate in Health Science (DHealthSci) and our Professional Doctorate in Medical Imaging (DMedImg).

PhD by Publication

A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.

Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.

For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.

Duration, fees and funding

How long will my research degree take?

  • MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
  • PhD by Publication: 1 year part-time

How much will my research degree cost?

PhD and MPhil

  • Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,260 p/a*
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 p/a*
  • International full-time students: £13,200 p/a*
  • International part-time students: £6,600 p/a*

PhD by Publication

  • External candidates: £4,260 p/a
  • Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,550 p/a

*All fees are subject to annual increase

Funding support

MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.

For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Support and facilities

When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Current research

Explore the work we're doing in our areas of research expertise in Dental and Oral Health.

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