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Dental & Craniofacial Sciences Research (joint with Hong Kong University) MPhil/PhD

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The Joint PhD programme between the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King's College London and the Faculty of Dentistry at Hong Kong University is now open for outstanding students to apply.

See list of intending supervisors and research topics (HKU)

See list of intending supervisors and research topics (King's)

About research at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

Our world-class scientific research centres link biomedical, clinical and public health scientists to inform policy and influence clinical practice across three areas of focus:

  • Development, Regeneration, Repair, Tissue Engineering
  • Immunity, Infection, Host-Microbe Interactions
  • Clinical, Translational, Population Health

Our 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.

Around 90 research-active academic staff

Over 140 PhD students across the faculty.

King's College London joins with three NHS Foundation Trusts (GSTT, KCH and SLaM) to form 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.

Funding bodies:

  • UK & EU Government funding: BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NC3Rs, Royal Society, European Commission 
  • UK & Overseas Industry funding: Colgate-Palmolive, GSK, Unilever
  • National Institute for Health Research (UK); National Institutes of Health (US)
  • Charity funding including: Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme, Rosetrees Trust, Action on Hearing Loss, Anatomical Society, British Heart Foundation, Bone Cancer Research Trust, Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, Oral & Dental Research Trust, Muscular Dystrophy UK, Royal College of Surgeons.


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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Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology at King's

Professor Paul Sharpe and PhD students describe some of the work of the Centre for Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology

The Centre for Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology – a Centre of Excellence at King’s College London - produces world class scientific research in Development, Regeneration, Repair & Tissue Engineering.

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Course detail


Excellent facilities, cutting edge technology and our international collaborations underpin research in each of our three Centres:

  • Centre for Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology - Centre head: Professor Paul Sharpe
    • Development, Regeneration, Repair, Tissue Engineering
  • Centre for Host-Microbiome Interactions - Centre head: Professor Gordon Proctor
    • Immunity, Infection, Host-Microbe Interactions
  • Centre for Oral, Clinical & Translational Sciences - Centre head: Professor David Bartlett
    • Clinical, Translational, Population Health

 Each centre 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.

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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 FT or PT students.

Postgraduate training

The Centre for Doctoral Studies has a range of courses available for the development of a research student. Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences 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 Centre head. For further information regarding postgraduate research in the faculty, please contact Dean for Research, Professor Abigail Tucker at abigail.tucker@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.

Prospective students for joint degree programmes are encouraged to contact a King's academic, ideally first supervisors, to develop research links with the partner institution. 

Application procedure

Please refer to the Joint PhDs application advice section below and also refer to our general application advice page.

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


Joint PhDs - Application advice

Applicants for the Joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before submitting an application in order to discuss the suitability of their topic for the joint programme and to locate potential supervisors. Applications should initially be submitted to the proposed home institution only, i.e. where the student will start and finish their programme. Students should note that acceptance onto the programme may take slightly longer than for single-institution PhDs because of the additional steps involved. Further details, including FAQs, can be found on the King’s Worldwide web pages.

Applicants who choose King’s as their home institution should apply through the online system, selecting the appropriate joint PhD option from the drop-down list. In addition to the standard supporting documentation, applicants should submit a Travel Plan form indicating how they intend to divide their time between the two partner institutions. Students must spend a specified amount of time in each institution, details of which can be found in the ‘Notes’ section of the Travel Plan form.

It is recommended that students submit applications for the Joint PhD programme by the end of March to begin the following September.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. We will open applications for an intake in 2021 after the final deadline passes in 2020.

  • October 2020 entry – 31st July 2020 for International students and 28th August 2020 for Home/EU students
  • Feb 2021 entry – 23rd October 2020 for International students and 23rd November 2020 for Home/EU students
  • June 2021 entry – 12th April 2021 for International and Home/EU students

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

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 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:

£5,300 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£5,300 per year (MPhil/PhD at The Crick Institute) 

£5,300 per year, tbc (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

International Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:

£23,400 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£23,400 per year (MPhil/PhD at The Crick Institute) 


Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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 funding agencies such as the Research Councils, charitable bodies or directly by the faculty, 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.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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