Research course

Stem Cell Biology (Basic Dental Sciences)

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

September, July

Course content

Stem cell research within the School of Dentistry focuses on several areas of this exciting, and sometimes controversial, subject. The overall aim of our research is to probe the fundamental areas of pluripotency, multipotency and differentiation to allow exploitation of stem cells in clinical applications and drug testing. We are also world leaders in the use of ES cells as a model system to study epithelial-mesenchymal transition events, a process associated with epithelial tumour cell metastasis.

Postgraduate Research study within the School is a very challenging yet rewarding experience and it is important that you enjoy problem solving and are an innovative thinker. Flexibility is allowed within the parameters of the study to enable the research to evolve and instigate findings not envisaged at the outset of the work. This is complimented by a dedicated training structure, which provides critical skills training, personal development and progression milestones. You will work in state-of-the-art laboratories under the supervision of experts within the field.

You will also experience an extensive landscape of related research at the University of Manchester, including the Northwest Embryonic Stem Cell Centre, the UK Centre for Tissue Regeneration, The Healing Foundation Centre, the Material Sciences Centre, the Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology and the Manchester Centre of Excellence for Biopharmaceuticals. Techniques you can expect to use during your study include, but are not limited to: stem cell culture, molecular biology, protein biochemistry, fluorescent activated cell sorting, confocal microscopy and small molecule design and testing.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Dentistry
+44 (0)161 306 0239
+44 (0)161 306 1565