MPhil and PhD Opportunities

Dental Academy

Postgraduate Research in Dental studies.

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Research overview

The University of Portsmouth Dental Academy is committed to research which contributes to evidence-based health care for patients and the wider community, and to high quality education of the dental team. The academy engages with internal and external collaborators; both locally and internationally in our research. Our research is aligned to our teaching and innovation activities. We support a number of postgraduate researchers carrying out PhD and MRes awards.

Our postgraduate researchers have access to seminars and tutorials in epidemiology and statistical methods, database management, qualitative research, and development and assessment of quality of life measures.

Our growing research team has recently secured national awards for their research. We are collaborating to design and develop research with colleagues in Africa (Ethiopia and Kenya) and Europe (Italy and Sweden).

Research Groups

Dental public health

Researchers in this group are able to supervise projects that involve primary dental care, the understanding of the context in which clinicians’ work, promoting health in the community, oral health inequalities, linking general health and oral health and facilitating access to high quality dental care including prevention. Working in this group provides opportunities to collaborate with local partners with shared interests. This includes local councils (e.g. Southampton Health in Early Years Awards) and partners in Public Health England.

Dental education and innovation in learning

This theme of pedagogic research focusses on development and evaluation of innovative, high quality education for the dental team. Researchers in this group can supervise projects involving the investigation of student assessment and feedback, the development and evaluation of novel teaching techniques (e.g. ‘flipping’ the classroom), the role of mental imagery in the learning of practical skills, the impact of PG teaching on clinical practice, the training requirements of the dental team, student recruitment, fitness to practice and the development of new operative and learning tools for dentistry (such as haptic technology). It also employs collaborative opportunities between industrial partners and entrepreneurs.

Clinical research

Researchers in this group focus on studies that consider and test advanced clinical techniques, efficient models of clinical care, novel clinical materials and diagnostic techniques. The use of electronic health records has facilitated the acquisition of interesting clinical data from a unique primary care setting.  Clinical research has further developed through collaborations with key industrial partners.  

Funded PhD opportunities

Key Facts


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


A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject, for an MD the first degree must be in a clinical subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

MPhil/PhD Fees*

Government Postgraduate Loan

MPhil full time and part time courses are eligible
PhD full time and part time courses are not eligible


Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,260 p/a*
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 p/a*
International full-time students: £15,100 p/a*
International part-time students: £7,550 p/a*

*All fees are subject to annual increase

By Publication Fees*


Members of staff: £1,550 p/a*
External candidates: £TBC p/a*


Members of staff: £1,490 p/a*
External candidates: £4,195 p/a*

*All fees are subject to annual increase.

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Dental public health

Research areas include:

  • The role of primary dental care in prevention
  • The links between general health and oral health
  • Primary dental care records in health care research
  • Community oral health promotion
  • The role of the dental team in prevention

Dental education and innovation in learning

Research areas include:

  • student assessment and feedback
  • the development and evaluation of novel teaching techniques (e.g. ‘flipping’ the classroom)
  • the role of mental imagery in the learning of practical skills
  • the impact of PG teaching on clinical practice
  • the training requirements of the dental team
  • student recruitment
  • fitness to practice
  • the development of new operative learning tools for dentistry

Clinical research

Research areas include:

  • Evaluating interventions, dental devices and new approaches to clinical dentistry
  • Exploring ways to prevent the development or recurrence of dental disease or condition. These can include lifestyle changes, among other approaches.
  • Evaluating one or more interventions aimed at identifying or diagnosing dental disease
  • Examining methods for identifying risk factors for oral diseases
  • Exploring and measuring ways to improve oral health related quality of life for people with chronic illnesses

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Flexible Learning

You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.


We offer access to a primary care patient population receiving a range of routine dental care. There is a rich electronic database of dental activity. The facility is equipped with over 40 working dental units. Other facilities include a clinical skills laboratory with 24 units, digital x-ray suite and a range of fully AV equipped classrooms and lecture facilities.

Graduate School

From the moment you join us, you will be supported by the University's Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team. You will be invited to a two-day induction, helping you to get the most from our facilities and be part of our thriving research community. You can also extend your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

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Career Planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. 

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.


Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

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How to apply

Step 1 - Contact us

Contact us to express your interest. We'll then put you in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss your research in more depth.

Step 2 - Apply online

We recommend that you first get in touch before applying. Then, once you’re ready to apply, you can use our online application form. You will also need to provide a personal statement, supporting documents and your research proposal.

Apply online

For more details and advice about the application process visit research degree applications