Research course

University of Portsmouth Dental Academy

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Professionals Complementary to Dentistry
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants subject to interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

January

Course content

Why take this course?

The University of Portsmouth Dental Academy is committed to research which contributes to evidence-based health care for patients and the wider community, and to high quality education of the dental team. The academy engages with internal and external collaborators; both locally and internationally in our research. Our research is aligned to our teaching and innovation activities. We support a number of postgraduate researchers carrying out PhD and MRes awards.

Our postgraduate researchers have access to seminars and tutorials in epidemiology and statistical methods, database management, qualitative research, and development and assessment of quality of life measures.

Our growing research team has recently secured national awards for their research. We are collaborating to design and develop research with colleagues in Africa (Ethiopia and Kenya) and Europe (Italy and Sweden).

RESEARCH GROUPS

DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH

Researchers in this group are able to supervise projects that involve primary dental care, the understanding of the context in which clinicians’ work, promoting health in the community, oral health inequalities, linking general health and oral health and facilitating access to high quality dental care including prevention. Working in this group provides opportunities to collaborate with local partners with shared interests. This includes local councils (e.g. Southampton Health in Early Years Awards) and partners in Public Health England.

DENTAL EDUCATION AND INNOVATION IN LEARNING

This theme of pedagogic research focusses on development and evaluation of innovative, high quality education for the dental team. Researchers in this group can supervise projects involving the investigation of student assessment and feedback, the development and evaluation of novel teaching techniques (e.g. ‘flipping’ the classroom), the role of mental imagery in the learning of practical skills, the impact of PG teaching on clinical practice, the training requirements of the dental team, student recruitment, fitness to practice and the development of new operative and learning tools for dentistry (such as haptic technology). It also employs collaborative opportunities between industrial partners and entrepreneurs.

CLINICAL RESEARCH

Researchers in this group focus on studies that consider and test advanced clinical techniques, efficient models of clinical care, novel clinical materials and diagnostic techniques. The use of electronic health records has facilitated the acquisition of interesting clinical data from a unique primary care setting. Clinical research has further developed through collaborations with key industrial partners.

Student DestinationsDoctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Fees and funding

UK students
full time: £TBC, part-time: £TBC *Tuition fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
full time: £15,100, part-time: £7,550. *Tuition fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Research Team - Faculty of Science
Email
sci-pgr-enquiries@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 2994