Postgraduate study

Dentistry PhD

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Dentistry

There are opportunities for both full-time and part-time research. In addition to our formal research degrees, applications are accepted for shorter periods where a contribution can be made to one of our research themes, giving the opportunity for development of research skills.

Our research degrees provide training in specific research methodologies. Those registered for formal research degrees also have the opportunity for formal generic training in research skills, provided within the College.

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
PhDDentistry3 YearsFull-timeTuition fees
PhDDentistry6 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Programme Administrator, Jackie McGurk
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 536 3979
  • Contact: epdi@ed.ac.uk
  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

You must submit two references with your application.

Before making your application, you must make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your research proposal. Further information on making a research degree application can be found on the College website:

You will be formally interviewed (in person, by video-conferencing or Skype).

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Programme Administrator, Jackie McGurk
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 536 3979
  • Contact: epdi@ed.ac.uk
  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA