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Dental & Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD

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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.
  • Research income: £2.6M in 2016-2017.
  • Current number of academic staff: Around 74 research-active.
  • Current number of research students: Over 140 PhD Students across the Dental Institute.
  • Recent publications: We published 204 peer-reviewed papers in 2016-2017. Journals included British Medical and Dental Journal, PloS, Nature, The Lancet, several dental specialist journals and many more area specific journals.
  • Partner organisations: King's College London is one of four partners making up King's Health Partners (KHP). KHP is one of only six Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in England designated by the Department of Health. KHP's aim is to create a centre where world-class research, education and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients.

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 Dental Institute



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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 

Course study environment

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.

Postgraduate training

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.

Head of group/division

Contact for information

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 Studies, Professor Abigail Tucker at


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

Application procedure

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 or 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.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Course intake

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

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Once the final deadline passes for a start month in 2018, we will open the applications for the corresponding month in 2019. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.  

  • April 2018 entry – Application deadline: 18th February 2018 for Overseas/Home/EU students
  • July 2018 entry – Application deadline: 20th May 2018 for Overseas/Home/EU students
  • September 2018 entry – Application deadline: 27th July 2018 for Overseas students and 31st August for Home/EU students
  • January 2019 entry – Application deadline: 26th October 2018 for Overseas students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students
  • April 2019 entry – Application deadline: 15th February 2019 for Overseas/Home/EU students
  • July 2019 entry - Application deadline: 17th May 2019 for Overseas/Home/EU students

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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees: £4,800 per year (MPhil/PhD, MPhil/PhD Clinical)

Part time tuition fees: £2,400 per year (MPhil/PhD)


UK/EU Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £5,000 per year (MPhil/PhD, MPhil/PhD Clinical)

Part time tuition fees: £2,500 per year (MPhil/PhD)

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

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


International Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees: 

£21,000 per year (MPhil/PhD), £40,000 (PhD Clinical)

Part time tuition fees: 

£10,500 per year (MPhil/PhD)

These tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.


International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: 

£22,050 per year (MPhil/PhD), £42,000 (PhD Clinical)

Part time tuition fees: 

£11,025 per year (MPhil/PhD)


These tuition fee may be 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.

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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