Basic Dental Sciences Overview
Year of entry: 2017
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- Degree awarded
- Doctor of Philosophy
- 3-4 years PhD, 1-2 years MPhil
- Entry requirements
- Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject area. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Masters degree with a Merit classification.
- Contact email
- Contact telephone
- +44 (0)161 275 5608
- How to apply
On the online application form, select PhD or MPhil for this programme and follow the instructions on our How to Apply page.
Applications must be submitted online well in advance of your anticipated start date (6 weeks for home/EU, 12 weeks for overseas). We cannot accept late applications without prior agreement via the Doctoral Academy.
April 2017 - submission no later than 15 February 2017
September 2017 - submission no later than 15 July 2017
April 2017 - submission in January 2017
September 2017 - submission no later than 1st June 2017
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Basic dental sciences is a large area covering craniofacial genetics, stem cell biology and craniofacial development.
We aim to understand the normal developmental mechanisms underlying craniofacial morphogenesis and how these are disturbed in a variety of birth defects.
Group research has identified genetic mutations underlying craniofacial malformations, including Treacher Collins syndrome, Van der Woude syndrome, amelogenesis imperfecta, and dentine dysplasia.
These findings have contributed to quality-of-life improvements as they have impacted directly on clinical management of affected families by providing the basis for genetic counselling internationally.
Stem cell biology
We use human embryonic stem cells (ESCs), induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and cancer-derived stem cells (CSCs) to study the function of adhesion molecules in development, tumorigenesis and cancer cell metastasis.
The group has demonstrated that ESC differentiation is associated with an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) event that exhibits striking similarities to tumour cell metastasis.
The Ward group is based in state-of-the-art laboratories that include a dedicated facility for the derivation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC).
We study the regulation of gene expression in cranial neural crest development and differentiation. Changes in gene expression instruct the formation of organs and body parts during development and are mainly regulated at the transcriptional level.
The group has made important contributions to the understanding of the gene regulatory networks that control the formation of diverse cranial neural crest derivatives, including the middle and outer ear and the heart circulation.
About our PhD and MPhil degrees
PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last three to four years (PhD) or one to two years (MPhil), working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s).
Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.
Training and development
All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).
The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.
The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.
Visit the training and development page for more information.
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:
- PhD (full-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £4,195, Low £8,250, Medium £14,500, High £19,500
International students (per annum): Clinical-based £40,000, non-clinical Standard £21,000 , Low £23,000, Medium £28,500, High £33,500
- PhD (part-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £2,098, Low £4,125, Medium £7,250, High £9,750
International students (per annum): Clinical-based £20,000, non-clinical Standard £10,500 , Low £11,500, Medium £14,250, High £16,750
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Find out about the research community, facilities and training delivered by our Doctoral Academy.