Research course

University of Portsmouth Dental Academy

University of Portsmouth · School of Professionals Complementary to Dentistry

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


Course content

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).



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.


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.


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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

02392 842994