Clinical PhD in Orthodontics

There are two Clinical PhD Studentships available in Orthodontics at the University of Dundee Dental School. 


The Clinical PhD Studentships involve full-time study over five years for a PhD with simultaneous completion of the 4 year clinical residency resulting in eligibility to sit the Membership in Orthodontics examination at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh/Glasgow/London.

Research projects:

 We have a diverse range of research projects available to prospective students with 3D and 4D Imaging, Craniofacial Anomalies and the Effectiveness of Orthodontic Care being specific research themes within the department. The department has a strong track-record of research and publications in these areas with over 20 research students having successfully completed research Masters and PhD projects during the last 10 years.

How you will study:

Students will spend 6 months at the start of the programme developing the PhD protocol and obtaining clearance for clinical work with 6 months of protected time at the end of the programme for writing up and submission of the PhD thesis. During this programme, students spend on average three days per week on research with two days being dedicated to the clinical residency. Students will treat a wide range of cases of varying complexity with the supervision and teaching of five Consultants who are based in the Dental School. In total, students will treat around 80 cases during the clinical residency using a variety of Orthodontic appliances including removable, functional, straightwire and self-ligating fixed appliances. This results in a similar level of clinical training to the UK Specialty Training Registrars who are based in the department. Clinical PhD students also attend the Scotland-Wide Orthodontic Programme (SWOP) on Fridays along with all other UK and overseas students from Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow for lectures and seminars that are delivered by the network of NHS Orthodontic Consultants in Scotland, a number who examine for the Membership in Orthodontics examination at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh/Glasgow/London. This results in wide exposure to a range of Orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment sequencing skills.

Note: As this programme is designed for overseas students, an NHS Education for Scotland National Training Number (NTN) will not be issued and on completion of the programme, students will not be eligible to join the UK General Dental Council Specialist List for Orthodontics.

Professor David Bearn, Professor Pete Mossey, Dr Grant McIntyre
Stipend level (if applicable): 

Self-funding or Governement sponsored students