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Dental & Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD

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Excellent facilities, cutting edge technology and international collaborations underpin our research which focuses on four key areas:

These research centres, currently comprising 27 research groups, offer PhD projects all year-round. 

You can browse current opportunities at the link below. When you find a project of interest, your first step is to contact the first supervisor named in the project description by email to discuss, before submitting an application via this page. 

 Browse current PhD opportunities in our research Centres



Key information

Duration 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

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences



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Course detail


Excellent facilities, cutting edge technology and our international collaborations underpin research in our Centres, currently comprising 27 research groups:

Basic and translational scientists work alongside clinicians to provide an interactive environment where new discoveries are easily commercialised or translated into clinical practice.

The faculty also undertakes research in dental education across the themes of:

  • clinical simulation
  • clinical humanities
  • cariology
  • curriculum and assessment development for the future dental workforce

Browse current PhD opportunities in our research Centres

Course study environment

All research students are appointed two supervisors at registration to guide them through their research project. Students belong to one of three research Centres which provides interaction with academic staff and other students in the same discipline. The research Centres 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 (PGC) 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 full-time or part-time students.

Postgraduate training

The Centre for Doctoral Studies has a range of courses available for the development of a research student.

The faculty runs an annual Postgraduate Research Day which second and third year students are required to attend to present their research .

Head of group/division


Contact for information

Please contact the supervisor or Centre head for your chosen area of study. Research groups information can be found here.

For general information regarding postgraduate research projects in the faculty, please contact Dr Cynthia Andoniadou, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research Studies at cynthia.andoniadou@kcl.ac.uk  

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Minimum 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 master's degree with Merit or above (or equivalent).

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Named studentships are usually advertised on the faculty PhD opportunities page, on the King's College London health schools studentships web page, in the New Scientist or Nature journals, and at www.findaphd.com. Applicants should follow the instructions given in these advertisements. We aim to interview all short-listed applicants. 

Applicants with personal funding (i.e. 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.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Research Proposal Yes

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 proposal should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.

Previous Academic Study  Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application


Course intake

There is no fixed intake rate but approximately 25-30 FT & 4-7PT per annum start each year.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is also important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

The final application deadlines are detailed below; on these dates, the programme will close at 23:59 (UK time) and we will open for the corresponding intake in 2023 soon after the same intake has passed in 2022.

  • October 2022 entry – 29 July 2022 for Overseas fee status and 26 August 2022 for Home fee status

  • February 2023 entry – 21 October 2022 for Overseas fee status and 22 November 2022 for Home fee status

  • June 2023 entry – 3 April 2023 for Overseas fee status and 17 April 2023 for Home fee status

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier than the application deadlines listed above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

International Foundation

Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

  • £6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD)
  • £6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical) 

Part time tuition fees:

  • £3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD)
  • £3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

  • £26,640 per year (MPhil/PhD)
  • £51,540 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical) 

Part time tuition fees:

  • £13,320 per year (MPhil/PhD)
  • £25,725 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical) 


EU Students starting their programme in the academic year 2021/22 will pay international tuition fees. 

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

A small number of studentships for specific named projects, funded by external agencies such as the Research Councils and charitable bodies, or directly by the faculty, are usually available (see 'Application procedure' section on this page for details). The studentships usually provide for a stipend and the payment of tuition fees at the UK rate.

Please also search our funding database for information on funding opportunities available to students on postgraduate research courses at King's which you may be eligible to apply to.


Other than these opportunities, applicants will be expected to be self-funded through a personal scholarship or through private means. 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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