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Replicating Dental Caries in a haptically enabled dental virtual reality simulator (HDVRS)

 *Please note, this project is self-funded*

Project details

First supervisor: Professor Avi Banerjee

Second supervisor: Dr Barry Quinn

Sponsor: Self-funded

Stipend and/or bench fees (amount): £5,000

Tuition fees (Y/N):  Yes

Duration of award: 3-4 years PhD

Mode of study: Full time

Eligibility: Home, overseas

Start date:  October 2021 

Application deadline: ongoing

Reference number:  2021/DOCS/08

Project description


Simulation of dental caries has always been a challenge to truly replicate the texture, softness and colour for haptically enabled virtual simulators. This research project will explore the

  1. variations between clinicians on acceptable amounts of caries to leave in a HDVRS

  2. develop more realistic caries representations

  3. Assess student performance in caries removal on the new models

This research will involve using the dental-task trainer simulators, imaging and haptically enabled carious models for the clinicians and students to assess.

Dental simulation will become more important in the future dental curriculum and this is an exciting opportunity to be leading in the field.

 Research training 

      • Research study design

      • MicroCT imaging of carious teeth and transferring the files to the HDVRS

      • Use of haptics in dental education

      • Educational research


Person specification

  • IT skills

  • Dentist

  • Clinical skills teaching experience

  • Interest in technology enhanced learning

  • Good standard of written English

To view entry requirements and further general information, see Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD prospectus page.

Next steps

Please apply online at following these steps:

  1. Register a new account/login.

  2. Once logged in, select Create a new application.

  3. Enter ‘Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time)/(Part-time)' under Choose a programme. Please ensure you select the correct mode of study.

  4. Select October 2021 as the start date.

  5. Please note: Applicants must include the project reference number (2021/DOCS/08) in the 'Research proposal' and 'Funding (point 5)' sections of the application.

Applications must be received by the deadline specified in this listing.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss projects with the first supervisor prior to submitting an application. 

Contact for further information


Dr Barry Quinn


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