Dentistry and Dental Sciences MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320-£13,500 (MPhil; PhD) part time £2,160-£6,750 (MPhil; PhD)
International: full time £14,890-£23,980 (MPhil; PhD) part time fees

Fees vary according to the exact nature of the research project.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

We offer a mix of clinical- and laboratory-based MPhil and PhD projects within each of our three research themes; molecular and cellular basis for oral  diseases; oral health services research; and biomaterials and biological interfaces. Each theme has established links within the Faculty’s and the University’s Research Institute structure to maximise the scientific and methodological basis of research programmes. The School of Dental Sciences maintain strong links with the Institutes of Ageing and Health, Cellular Medicine, Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Health and Society, Research on the Environment and Sustainability, and with the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.

Our current research programmes include:
Oral health services research and health economics; oral health and nutritional challenges in the elderly; pathobiology of periodontal disease; genetics of tooth development; oral inflammatory disease and diabetes; cellular mechanisms within gut and bacteria; and biomaterials surface science.

MPhil and PhD supervision is normally available in these areas.

For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Our Medical Sciences Graduate School has a thriving postgraduate research culture, with additional support for international students. We have an excellent record for timely PhD submission, provide training in professional/key skills and research techniques, and support personal development.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or medicine related subject.

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, plus further research experience and/or a further qualification such as an MRes.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Funded PhD positions are usually advertised on the funding database and the Newcastle Biomedicine website.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

There are three possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 28 April 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7002

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Dentistry and Dental Sciences.