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The role of the dental team in encouraging early diagnosis of oral cancer.

*Please note, this project is self-funded*

Project details

First supervisor: Dr Suzanne Scott

Second supervisor: Professor Tim Newton

Duration: 3-4 years

Mode of study: Full-time or part-time

Funding: Self-funded

Eligibility: Home/EU and overseas

Application deadline: Open until a suitable candidate is found

Reference number: 2019/DOCS/05 

Project description

Oral cancer has good prognosis when detected at an early stage. However, up to half of patients are diagnosed with advanced lesions, when 5-year survival rates are as low as 20%.

This project will focus on the development and evaluation of initiatives to encourage timely presentation of symptoms of oral cancer. The project will involve developing an evidence-based online training package for the dental team, testing the feasibility of delivering this intervention and assessing the impact on patients and the dental team.

To view entry requirements and further course information, see the Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD

Next steps

How to apply

Please apply online at following these steps:

  1. Register a new account or log in
  2. Once logged in, select Create a new application
  3. Enter 'Dental & Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time/Part-time)' under Choose a programme. Please ensure you select the correct mode of study
  4. Select a start date 
  5. Applications must include the project reference number 2019/DOCS/05 in the 'Research proposal' and 'Funding (point 5)' sections of the application.

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

Contact for further information

Dr Suzanne Scott (

Related research division: Centre for Oral, Clinical & Translational Sciences

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