Research course

Basic Dental Science (Molecular Genetics)

The University of Manchester · School of Dentistry

Entry requirements

PhD applicants will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification and Masters degree from a recognised institution. MPhil applicants will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification from a recognised institution. In some circumstances, relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification.

Months of entry

July, September

Course content

Research within Molecular Genetics is very diverse but overall, it aims to understand the biological molecular processes involved in oral and craniofacial development, function and disease. Areas of interest include:

Identification of genes implicated in Mendelian, complex and somatic genetic diseases affecting orofacial structures and function
Functional analysis of these genes and proteins they encode
Development of molecular diagnostic tests
Identification of biomarkers in head and neck cancer
Translation of findings into clinical practice
The group collaborates with others in the Dental School, the Faculty and wider University, relevant clinicians in Manchester and elsewhere, and has strong links with several comparable national and international research groups.

Depending on the nature of the project, the research may be based in one of several different areas within the University or the allied Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals Foundation Trust. The University and the Trust both have extensive core facilities and expertise to permit state of art research in this area.

Study within the School is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Flexibility is allowed within the parameters of the study to allow the research to evolve and instigate findings not envisaged at the outset of the work. This is complimented by a dedicated PhD training structure which provides critical skills training, personal development and progression milestones.

Your project will either be outlined by the academic supervisor offering the study or by an applicant seeking to work within a particular research area with a focused plan of research in mind. The supervisory team will assist the PhD applicant throughout the study, ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided in core skills fundamental to the research.

Information for international students

minimum IELTS of 6.5 with no less than 6 in the written component TOEFL 577 paper-based TOEFL 233 computer-based TOEFL 90 iBT Pearson Test 59-65

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Dentistry
+44 (0)161 306 0239