Barts & The London - Institute of Dentistry

How to Apply

Online applications are made by clicking on the links in the ‘Apply online’ box here, but please read the following information carefully before applying.

Applications for admission can be made for both full-time (4 years) and part-time study (7 years). 

The first step in applying to do a research degree is to identify a potential supervisor and project. Full details on this process can be found here: Choosing a project and supervisor. If you cannot find a suitable supervisor and would like to know whether the Institute of Dentistry would be able to supervise your project, please email the PhD Programme Administrator on c.royle@qmul.ac.uk

Admission requirements and deadlines

Applicants are expected to hold a good first BSc honors degree of at least 2:1, or equivalent, to be eligible to apply for admission to research degrees. The exact entry requirements for each PhD will vary depending on the nature of the project. Please contact the PhD Programme Administrator on c.royle@qmul.ac.uk if you are unsure whether your qualifications will enable you to study for a PhD in the Institute of Dentistry.

If English is not your first language, take note of any English language requirements. The College’s standard requirement for English is an IELTS score of 6.5 (overall) or equivalent. More details about language requirements can be found in the international students section.

There are no set deadlines for applying for a research degree, unless you are applying for a funded place. Funded places normally have a deadline of late January. Normally, you start the PhD programme in October as it allows you to take full advantage of our training programmes.

Research proposal

When corresponding with a potential supervisor or project leader, it is essential that you include

  • A short version research proposal. The short-version research proposal sets out what you intend to do during your degree and establishes your research in relation to other work in the field. The proposal should be a maximum of 1,000 words long and include an indicative bibliography (not included in the word count).
  • Your CV.

More information about the structure of your research proposal can be found in the ‘How to draft a research proposal’ section.

Application form

Once you have established contact with and received positive feedback from a suitable supervisor, they will encourage you to make a formal application. Online applications are made by using the links in the ‘Apply online’ box here.

You application will consist of the following:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Transcripts of your previous degrees
  3. Proof of English language ability for overseas applicants from non-English speaking countries
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV), or Résumé
  5. Your full-length research proposal of 2,000 - 3,000 words
  6. A short statement explaining why you want to study with us. This should address the following: previous academic and other experience relevant to your proposed research; why you wish to undertake this research at Queen Mary; what research training and professional preparation you have already received, and what further training you think you will need; any ethical issues you will need to consider in undertaking your research.
  7. Two references. If you are still studying for your Masters degree, it is essential that one of the referees is able to comment on your progress so far and your predicted grades. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your references are returned before any advertised deadlines. The College or School will not pursue outstanding references on your behalf. If references are not received by the advertised deadline, your application will not be considered any further.
  8. Please indicate how you will finance your studies. The application form asks ‘How do you intend to finance your studies at Queen Mary University of London’. Please select the relevant answer from the drop-down menu. If you want to be considered for funding, including QMUL scholarships, please give details of the scholarships you are applying for in the funding section of the application form.

Further details of the application process can be found here

Next steps

You application will be assessed by members of staff in the School led by the Institute’s Director of Graduate Studies. If your application is successful you will receive an offer of a place from the College’s central Admissions Office.

You may be invited for an interview before a decision is returned and an offer made. Please note that it is not uncommon to receive an offer of a place before funding is confirmed. If this happens, please make sure you accept the offer within the timescales given to you by the Admissions Office. If you are unsuccessful in securing funding, you may withdraw your acceptance of the offer, ask to defer until the next academic year, or switch to part-time study.

We endeavour to respond to all completed applications within 6-8 weeks.