Research course

Biomaterials Science and Dental Technology

The University of Manchester · School of Dentistry

Entry requirements

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. For Phd applicants also need to provide evidence of their Masters degree from a recognised institution. In some circumstances, relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

Research within biomaterials science aims to develop an enhanced mechanistic understanding of reasons for the clinical success or failure of oral and craniofacial biomaterials. A major focus is upon varied types of composite materials with photo-polymerised resin or RM-GIC matrices, including model systems of well-defined chemistry. To this end we study their underlying micro/nano-scale structure and time-dependent properties.

In the majority of cases, an MPhil degree is undertaken by candidates seeking eventual entry onto the PhD. Successful completion of the MPhil year, following the assessment of a transfer report and viva, permit progression to PhD which would then involve 2-3 years of further research before submission for the degree of PhD.

Candidates will often be recommended to register for the degree of MPhil due to the policy of the admitting School or due to the nature of the research if the supervisory team do not feel the study warrants three-years of scholarship. Alternatively, candidates often register onto the MPhil due to restrictions of funding guarantees beyond the initial year, which if resolved would facilitate transfer to the PhD at a later date.

The School has a major commitment to postgraduate education and research. More than 12 PhD candidates are amongst the group of Biomaterials researchers and 35 PhDs have been successfully supervised to date, with many candidates going on to play influential roles within dentistry.

PhD 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.

The PhD 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

Students whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 577 paper based or 233 computer based.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 306 0239