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The Dental Institute’s 2014 REF profile confirms our position as the most influential UK Dental School for research - 42 per cent of our activity is recognised as being 4* - world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour in research.
Duration Expected to be three to four years FT or up to six years PT. Registration normally October, although students may commence at any time.
Study mode Full-time,Part-time
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Dental Institute
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in a relevant subject (or overseas equivalent).
A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters degree with Merit or above (or equivalent)
Named studentships are usually advertised on the the King's College London Health Schools Studentships website, on the Dental Institute website, in the New Scientist or Nature journals, on www.jobs.ac.uk or www.findaphd.com. Applicants should follow the instructions given in these advertisements. We aim to interview all short-listed applicants.
Applicants with personal funding (ie government scholarship) to cover the costs of living expenses, tuition fees and research expenses can apply at any time. Candidates can also contact potential supervisors directly to enquire if they have any research projects available before completing the online application.
Please provide a description of the research project you wish to undertake, information on your previous research experience and, for self-funded applicants, details of how you plan to fund yourself. Applicants with personal funding should attach confirmation of this to the applications
The deadline for applications is detailed below for 2016 and 2017 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.
April 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 19th February 2016 for UK/EU and international students.
July 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 20th May 2016 for UK/EU and international students.
September 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 29th July 2016 for international students and 2nd September 2016 for UK/EU students.
January 2017 entry - Application deadline will be on the 31st October 2016 for international students and 2 December 2016 for UK/EU students.
Excellent facilities, cutting edge technology and our international collaborations underpin research in each of the four divisions:
Craniofacial Development & Stem Cell Biology Mucosal & Salivary Biology Population & Patient Health Tissue Engineering & Biophotonics
Each division includes basic and translational scientists as well as clinicians to provide an interactive environment where new discoveries are easily commercialised or translated into clinical practice.
PhD projects available
All research students are appointed two supervisors at registration to guide them through their research project. Students belong to one of the four Research Divisions which provides interaction with academic staff and other students in the same discipline. The research divisions organise seminars and journal clubs and student participation is expected. The students organise their own science club and are in charge of their own postgraduate room. The research atmosphere is friendly, encouraging and positive, and the success rate is high. All students are allocated a Postgraduate Coordinator in addition to the two supervisors. The PGC will provide additional support and will review the student's progress in accordance with the timetable for FT or PT students.
The Graduate School has a range of courses available for the development of a research student. Dental Institute students are required to attend the annual Postgraduate Research Day and present their research in their second and third years.
If you know which area of study you are interested in please contact the supervisor or head of division. For further information regarding Postgraduate Research please contact the Director of Postgraduate Research, Professor Abigail Tucker.
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£4,600 p.a. (MPhil/PhD, 2016/17)*
£4,600 p.a. (Clinical, 2016/17)*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£20,000 p.a. (MPhil/PhD, 2016/17)*
£38,200 p.a. (Clinical, 2016/17)*
Part time tuition fees - Home/EU
Part time tuition fees - Overseas
£10,000 p.a. (MPhil/PhD, 2016/17)*
£19,100 p.a. (Clinical, 2016/17)*
*This tuition fee maybe subject to annual increases.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
A small number of studentships for specific named projects, funded by external funding agencies such as the Research Councils, charitable bodies or directly by the Institute, are usually available (see applications procedure for details). The studentships usually provide for a stipend and the payment of tuition fees at the home/EU rate. Other than this, the division does not directly fund studentships and other applicants will be expected to be self-funded through a personal scholarship or through private means. Some funding may be available through the Graduate School.
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