We offer researchers the unique opportunity to work at the life sciences interface. Our research is based in the School of Dentistry, which is combined with Birmingham Dental Hospital in the city centre. The institution has the largest patient attendances in Britain and is the major dental, clinical and laboratory reference centre in the West Midlands.
We have focused our graduate studies activities in the area of research-based higher degrees, where you can draw on the training opportunities offered by working with internationally recognised research teams. This approach has been adopted because we feel that rigorous research training provides the ideal basis for development of the skills demanded by the modern clinician.
Our research facilities are first class and include modern, well-equipped laboratories in which a broad range of dental research can be undertaken. These are further complemented by access to specialist equipment elsewhere within the University.
A programme of infrastructure development has recently led to enhancement of cell culture facilities and a new molecular biology laboratory. Use of modern IT facilities is encouraged through provision of a specialist computer suite in which computer-assisted learning packages are available in addition to a full complement of other software. Specialist dental library facilities are also available on site.
You may study for a MSc by Research or PhD degree in a stimulating and well-equipped research environment. Our research teams bring together both clinical and non-clinical researchers in partnerships that provide the opportunity to link together a range of multidisciplinary expertise. This approach allows a particularly strong and supportive environment in which you can undertake your training and benefit from interaction with leading researchers.
You undertake formal training to develop the skills required within your research. While at the school you have at least one supervisor with whom you have regular contact, and who provides guidance in your learning and research. During this time, you are encouraged to present work in seminars and at conferences, both to develop your presentation skills and to make contact with other researchers.