Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research

 

The Faculty of Dentistry contributes to the development of new knowledge and understanding in the field of dentistry. Across the faculty, there are exciting and innovative research projects actively pursued. The faculty offers two postgraduate research courses, the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research-based degree in which students undertake supervised research in a discipline of dentistry.

The four-year, full-time program offers students the chance to work with a supervisor who, through their own research, is actively contributing to the development of new knowledge and understanding in the field of dentistry.

Studying at the University of Sydney provides the unique opportunity for collaborative research and interaction with other health disciplines. PhD students are based at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health and Sydney Dental School and benefit from their peers, teachers and the wider health community.

The PhD comprises research and culminates in a thesis, which is the examinable assessment requirement for the degree. Candidates are not normally required to attend classes or to undertake coursework units of study.

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a research-based degree in which students undertake supervised research in a discipline of dentistry. It may also be used as a foundation to commencing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

This program can be studied over two years full-time, or four years part time. It offers students the chance to work with a supervisor who, through their own research, is actively contributing to the development of new knowledge and understanding in the field of dentistry.

Studying at the University of Sydney provides the unique opportunity for collaborative research and interaction with other health disciplines. MPhil students are based at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health and Sydney Dental School and benefit from their peers, teachers and the wider health community.

The examinable components of the MPhil degree are a thesis and successful completion of the unit of study (DENT6000) research methods.

Who should apply?

Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply in plenty of time, and even before completion of their current qualifying degree. In these circumstances, referee reports are essential as part of the application for admission.

To apply for a PhD or MPhil, you need to demonstrate sufficient prior research experience and capability. In most cases, to be eligible to apply you will have:

  • a Bachelors degree with first or upper second class Honours or
  • a Masters degree performed at a high academic standard, and which includes substantial component of original research, or
  • an equivalent qualification that demonstrates research experience, excellence and capability.

These criteria constitute the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission. That remains at the discretion of the Associate Dean (HDR) for a given Faculty.

How to apply

  1. Decide on a topic
    In order to complete a Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy, you need to decide on a study topic area to focus on. Our research pages detail areas of work and potential supervisors in those fields.
  2. Find a research supervisor
    Once you have decided on a topic area, you need to find a research supervisor. Contact them directly to discuss your topic idea and they will be able to give you advice about this area. Before you apply, they will need to agree to supervise you and approve your chosen research topic.
  3. Apply
    once you have decided on a topic and found a research supervisor, apply for your preferred course via Sydney Courses: