Oral and Dental Sciences

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Run by Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available PhD , MD, MSc by research
Programme length PhD: Three to four years full-time; six years part-time
MD: Two to five years full-time; four to seven years part-time
DDS: Three years full-time
MSc by research: One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
(modular format)
Open to international students Yes
Start date Not fixed

Programme overview

The School of Oral and Dental Sciences performed highly in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). We increased our percentage of world-leading (4*) research from 20 per cent to 43 per cent compared with RAE2008, and the percentage of world-leading and internationally excellent (4* and 3*) research increased from 60 per cent (RAE2008) to 80 per cent (REF2014).

The school combines laboratory-based and clinically-applied research and fosters a high level of collaboration between staff and students. The research programme is funded by internal and external grants from charities, research councils and industry.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Please contact the School of Oral and Dental Science for information about funding.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Holders of non-UK degrees or other qualifications can obtain advice from the faculty office.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

We have three research groups:

Each group comprises clinical and basic scientists to promote interdisciplinary and translational research.


After completing this course, career opportunities include post-doctoral research, academia and research in industry.

Staff profiles

Dr Charlotte Atkinson, (Senior Research Fellow), dietary intervention studies; inter-individual differences in phytoestrogen metabolism; Peri-operative nutrition; physical activity.

Dr Michele Barbour, (Senior Lecturer), Nanotechnology in dentistry; oral nanoscience.

Professor Anthony Ireland, (Professor), 3D scanning technology; adhesion; biomaterials research; orthodontic archwires; particulate production.

Dr Sam Leary, (Senior Lecturer), Diet, obesity and cardiovascular risk; lifecourse epidemiology; physical activity.

Professor Andy Ness, (Professor), Diet, obesity and cardiovascular risk; lifecourse epidemiology; physical activity.

Dr Patricia Neville, (Lecturer), Dental education; Dental professionalism; Sociology of health; Sociology of oral health

Dr Angela Nobbs, (Lecturer), Mechanisms of bacterial (Streptococcus) colonisation and pathogenesis; polymicrobial interactions and biofilm formation

Dr Miranda Pring, (Consultant senior lecturer), Aetiology and pathogenesis of oral disease; Pathology of head and neck cancer

Professor Peter Robinson, (Professor), Health services research; Oral health-related quality of life

Professor Jonathan Sandy, (Dean of Health Sciences), Clinical outcomes in craniofacial anomalies; craniofacial development.

Professor Bo Su, (Professor), Biomimetic and bio-inspired materials; cell-instructive materials and surfaces.

Dr Andrea Waylen, (Senior Lecturer), Effective communication; parent-child relationships; psychology across the lifespan.

Professor Nicola West, (Professor), " in vitro" and " in vivo" models; clinical periodontology, erosion and abrasion of enamel and dentine; dentine hypersensitivity.

Dr Andrew Wills, (Lecturer), Growth and obesity; Lifecourse epidemiology; Methods for longitudinal data

How to apply
Application deadline:

Not fixed

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 43% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 37% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 18% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Bristol Doctoral College

The Bristol Doctoral College facilitates and supports doctoral training and researcher development across the University.

Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 1676 Email: fohs-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

Professor Bo Su Postgraduate Tutor Phone: +44 (0) 117 342 4361 Email: b.su@bristol.ac.uk

Faculty of Health Sciences
Room 15 1st Floor
39-41 St Michael's Hill
BS2 8DZ http://www.bristol.ac.uk/dental/research


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