Research course

Dentistry (Community Oral Health and Oral Sciences)

University of Glasgow · College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
PhDMS by researchIntegrated PhD

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Glasgow Dental School Clinical Research Facility aims to improve oral and general health by advancing new and better ways of preventing and treating disease. We strive for our research to have a significant positive impact in the local community and the wider world.

The University of Glasgow has been ranked first in the UK for Dentistry in the Complete University Guide 2021.

Our School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing has a thriving community of postgraduate research students, from both the United Kingdom and overseas. The majority of our research students undertake PhD programmes within our two research groups:

  • Community Oral Health focuses on health inequalities research across the life course, concentrating particularly on oral health in children, the elderly and adults with head and neck cancer. This is done through developing a better understanding of biological, social and behavioural determinants, in order to design, develop and evaluate appropriate interventions from bench to population level.
  • Oral Sciences focuses on the role of micro-organisms in the immune-pathogenesis of oral disease and it’s impact on systemic health, with particular reference to the biofilm lifestyle.

Our PhD students come from a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical backgrounds including:

  • microbiology
  • immunology
  • dental public health
  • epidemiology
  • statistical modeling
  • psychology and behavioural sciences

We engage in knowledge exchange with policymakers, practitioners, researchers, industry and the public to ensure that policies and practices are based on evidence, and effectively translated into practice.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • candidosis
  • child oral health
  • comparative oral disease
  • decontamination Sciences
  • endodontic disease
  • head and neck cancer
  • oral health of older adults
  • periodontitis

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MS by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Integrated PhD
    full time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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