Research course

Dental Public Health/Community Dentistry

Institution
The University of Manchester · School of Dentistry
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

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. PhD: Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification and Masters degree from a recognised institution.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

Research within dental public health centres around the Oral Health Unit (OHU) - an academically-independent national group set up to develop and deliver high quality applied dental research in primary care. Established within the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre (NPCRDC), the aim of the unit is to deliver research which will inform dental policy, service commissioning and clinical practice.

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 supervisory team will assist the MPhil candidate throughout the study, ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided in core skills fundamental to the research.

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, alternatively, 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.

Transferable skills training is provided by a dedicated Graduate Training Programme offered by the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, which provides training in research methodology, critical writing skills, intellectual property, research ethics etc.

All dentistry based MPhil/PhD researchers are required to successfully complete course units in Research Methods, and Biostatistics, and to participate in the Graduate Training Programme. Students are encouraged to attend journal clubs and research meetings within the School and are provided a personal laptop computer for the duration of their studies.

Information for international students

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

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
PG Admissions
Email
pg-dentistry@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
0161 306 0239