Research course


University of Birmingham · School of Dentistry
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

Dependent on topic of research study, but a first degree at Bachelor's level is a minumum.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Our research is broadly divided into three main areas: Biomaterials – biomaterials, restorative dentistry, and oral and maxillofacial surgery; Primary Dental Care – dental public health, behavioural sciences, primary care, and orthodontics; Tissue Injury and Repair – oral biology and pathology, restorative and children’s dentistry, and periodontology. However, there is collaboration between these areas.

Examples of our research include:

  • Demonstrating the importance of growth factors and other bioactive molecules sequestered within dental tissues in driving tissue responses to disease and clinical outcomes for the tooth.
  • The development of novel treatments for dental and oral tissue repair based on stem cell and biomaterial tissue regenerative technologies
  • Leading research into the redox biology of oral diseases and how micronutritional strategies can regulate oral inflammation.
  • Pioneering the development of assays for biomarkers of periodontitis, leading to the development of diagnostic technologies in routine clinical use.
  • Epidemiological research on the links between chronic periodontitis and systemic disease, in particular rheumatoid arthritis and chronic kidney disease.
  • Pioneering involvement in the National Dental Health Surveys (Office of National Statistics) for children and adults leading to the unravelling of major trends in oral disease patterns over 30 years. This is crucial to informing future oral health care policy and directing NHS resources to those in most need.
  • The development of novel digital image processing/analysis techniques in oral pathology to provide accurate, evidence-based diagnostic decisions and reliable prognostic tools for oral cancer.
  • The epigenetics of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and the role of chronic inflammation in the origins of OSCC.
  • Development of novel dental and orthopaedic materials to improve the longevity of dental restorations and the outcome of many orthopaedic procedures.
  • Investigations into the vibration characteristics of dental ultrasonic instruments and powered toothbrushes, which aim to influence the design and development of ultrasound dental instruments and improve patient care.
  • Prevalence studies in children and adolescents on dental erosion and tooth wear and their causes, underpinned by laboratory mechanistic studies on both erosion and toothpaste abrasivity.
  • Research on the nature and role of education in dentistry, particularly the role and impact of e-learning.

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Department specialisms

Oral Pathology; Biomaterials; Oral Surgery; Dental Public Health; Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics; Dental Prosthetics; Periodontics; Conservative Dentistry

Information for international students

Programs are aimed at providing a research rather than clinical training, but adequate clinical experience may be pre-requisite for some research projects.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£17,910 FT
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Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005