Postgraduate study

Dentistry

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

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

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

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

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

  • PTE(A): 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

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

English and Welsh postgraduate doctoral loans

Applicants resident in England or Wales, could be eligible for a doctoral loan of up to £25,000. Full guidance and information can be found on our Scholarships & Student Funding website:

Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Programme Administrator, Jackie McGurk
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 536 3979
  • Email: 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. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

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
  • Email: epdi@ed.ac.uk
  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA