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Biomaterials Science and Dental Technology PhD

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Degree awarded
PhD
Duration
36 months (FT) - 72 months (PT)
Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification and Masters degree from a recognised institution.

In some circumstances, relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

We accept MPhil student intakes for September, January, April and July each year.

Please note: Applications will not be considered until all supporting documentation has been received.

Apply online

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
PhDYYNN

Programme description

Research within biomaterials science aims to develop an enhanced mechanistic understanding of reasons for the clinical success or failure of oral and craniofacial biomaterials. A major focus is upon varied types of composite materials with photo-polymerised resin or RM-GIC matrices, including model systems of well-defined chemistry. To this end we study their underlying micro/nano-scale structure and time-dependent properties.

The School has a major commitment to postgraduate education and research. More than 12 PhD candidates are amongst the group of Biomaterials researchers and 35 PhDs have been successfully supervised to date, with many candidates going on to play influential roles within dentistry.

PhD study within the School is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Flexibility is allowed within the parameters of the study to allow the research to evolve and instigate findings not envisaged at the outset of the work. This is complimented by a dedicated PhD training structure which provides critical skills training, personal development and progression milestones.

The PhD project will either be outlined by the academic supervisor offering the study or by an applicant seeking to work within a particular research area with a focused plan of research in mind. The supervisory team will assist the PhD applicant throughout the study, ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided in core skills fundamental to the research.

Transferable skills training is provided by a dedicated Graduate Training Programme offered by the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, which provides training in research methodology, critical writing skills, intellectual property, research ethics etc.

All dentistry based MPhil/PhD researchers are required to successfully complete a course units in Research Methods, and Biostatistics, and to participate in the Graduate Training Programme. Students are encouraged to attend journal clubs and research meetings within the School.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £3,996, Low £6,800, Medium £13,450, High £18,450
    International students (per annum): Non-clinical-based £26,300; Clinical-based £38,800
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £1,998, Low £3,400, Medium £6,725, High £9,225
    International students (per annum): Non-clinical-based £13,150; Clinical-based £19,400

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Dentistry
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0239
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 306 1565
Email
Website
www.dentistry.manchester.ac.uk/

Academic department overview

See: About Us.

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification and Masters degree from a recognised institution.

In some circumstances, relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification.

English language

  • IELTS test 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in the written component and no less than 5.5 in all components)
  • TOEFL test: 577 paper-based (with no less than 5.5 in the TWE - Test of Written English)
  • TOEFL test: 233 computer-based (with no less than 5.5 in the TWE - Test of Written English)
  • TOEFL test: 90 (internet-based) (Minimum: Listening/Writing 17; Reading 18 and Speaking 20)
  • Pearson Test 59-65 (with no less than 51 in each component)
  • This certification must be no more than 12 months old

Important:

Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements as noted above, at the time of application, will NOT be considered.

Overseas candidates who hold a degree from an English speaking country are not required to provide proof of English certification.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

How to apply

We accept MPhil student intakes for September, January, April and July each year.

Please note: Applications will not be considered until all supporting documentation has been received.

Apply online

Advice to applicants

Applicants should provide the following:

  • 2 academic references - both must be signed, dated and on headed paper. References more than twelve months old will not be accepted
  • Copies (not originals) of degree certificates and official academic transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. (If these are in a language other than English, please provide official translations.) Note: If applicants hold a BDS from a UK University they need not provide a transcript of results but must provide a copy of the certificate
  • Copies (not originals) of English Language certification if an applicant's first language is not English - IELTS, TOEFL, or PEARSON Test only
  • Applicants for Clinical programmes will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification and Masters Degree from a recognised institution.

International Students:

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application.

Please note:

The School will not process any applications that have supporting documents missing. The School does not make offers conditional on the submission of supporting documents.

It is highly recommended that applicants identify and contact a proposed academic supervisor prior to submitting their formal application. The School website contains extensive information on our research groups and the majority of academics have personal profiles detailing their existing work and publications.

Prior to application, it is best practice to email a suitable academic with a CV and a brief abstract of proposed study so it can be assessed for its academic merit. If encouraged, applicants can then apply formally online. If specific funded projects are advertised, details on the application process and requirements will be outlined in the advertisement.

Interview requirements

Applicants will be required to have an interview which can be arranged either in person or by phone/Skype before a decision on acceptance is reached.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

Clinical students will be expected to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. 

In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Programme description

Research within biomaterials science aims to develop an enhanced mechanistic understanding of reasons for the clinical success or failure of oral and craniofacial biomaterials. A major focus is upon varied types of composite materials with photo-polymerised resin or RM-GIC matrices, including model systems of well-defined chemistry. To this end we study their underlying micro/nano-scale structure and time-dependent properties.

The School has a major commitment to postgraduate education and research. More than 12 PhD candidates are amongst the group of Biomaterials researchers and 35 PhDs have been successfully supervised to date, with many candidates going on to play influential roles within dentistry.

PhD study within the School is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Flexibility is allowed within the parameters of the study to allow the research to evolve and instigate findings not envisaged at the outset of the work. This is complimented by a dedicated PhD training structure which provides critical skills training, personal development and progression milestones.

The PhD project will either be outlined by the academic supervisor offering the study or by an applicant seeking to work within a particular research area with a focused plan of research in mind. The supervisory team will assist the PhD applicant throughout the study, ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided in core skills fundamental to the research.

Transferable skills training is provided by a dedicated Graduate Training Programme offered by the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, which provides training in research methodology, critical writing skills, intellectual property, research ethics etc.

All dentistry based MPhil/PhD researchers are required to successfully complete a course units in Research Methods, and Biostatistics, and to participate in the Graduate Training Programme. Students are encouraged to attend journal clubs and research meetings within the School.

Aims

The aim of this component is to equip students with skills in study design, data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical or clinically related research topics.

Coursework and assessment

Applicants within this dental theme would be based within the dental Biomaterials and Biomechanics Group. Each academic grouping holds regular meetings aimed at the following types of research activity:

  • Discussing students' progress in a wider research context
  • Providing a forum for staff and students to present research findings and ideas in a supportive atmosphere
  • Discussing and giving advice on conference presentations and broadening awareness of student's research
  • Facilitating career development opportunities beyond their MPhil/PhD

There is a detailed system to monitor the progress of PhD and MPhil students. Students must submit work at specific stages and meet with their supervisors throughout their course. Some meetings are informal, while others are formal and documented.

All students must submit a literature report at the end of the first three months (six months if part time) of the first year of a PhD programme. They must then submit a continuation report at the end of 11 months (23 months if part time) which must be of the quality and style of a masters thesis and which is accompanied by a viva examination.

When students register, they receive a postgraduate handbook which explains the monitoring procedures in detail, including flowcharts for easy planning. This information is also available on the Faculty intranet, which students gain access to upon registration.

Programme unit details

  • Research Methods Unit (15 credits): The aim is to equip students with skills related to design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.

    Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments.

  • Biostatistics Unit (15 credits): The aim is to equip students with skills related to data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.

    Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments

Facilities

Students have access to dedicated postgraduate suites located within the School.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office.

Please email: disability@manchester.ac.uk