At the Institute of Dentistry, we offer postgraduate research degrees under the supervision of experts in the fields of Clinical & Population Health, Dental Education and Experimental & Translational Research.

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MRes or PhD

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Oral health is an integral element of general health and well-being. Oral diseases are among the most prevalent diseases in humans and claim a heavy toll in terms of morbidity and mortality. At the Institute of Dentistry we are carrying out research projects aimed at further understanding of the etiopathogenesis of oral diseases and to develop innovative preventive and therapeutic strategies.

Our Research

Research at the Institute of Dentistry is conducted within several research groups, the work of which builds on areas of research excellence at the Institute of Dentistry and complementary expertise at the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian.

Research Interests

Clinical & Population Health

Public Health & Health Services

Contact: Dr Ekta Gupta

The aim of this theme is to conduct high quality research in oral health utilising the principles of Dental Public Health to improve the oral health of individuals and populations. Areas of research in the Public Health & Health Services include: the study of Oral health in Vulnerable/High Risk groups and Older People, Dental Health Services Research and, Evidence-Based Dentistry.

General Dental Practice-based Research

Contact: Mr Steve Bonsor

The aim of this theme is to conduct high quality research in the general dental practice environment with the potential and opportunity to engage general dental practitioners in carrying out research in this field.

Dental Education


Contact: Dr Rosa Moreno López

The aim of the assessment research group is to conduct high quality research which will contribute to the understanding and improvement of student attainment and progression.

Educating Staff and Students

Contact: Dr Claudia Cunningham

The aim of this research area is to explore people at each stage of the education process. Areas of research include: Selection to dental education and training, Career progression and support, Remediation, Diversity & Widening Access, Development of Dental Educators and Educational Leadership. 

Teaching & Learning

Contact: Professor Richard Ibbetson

Teaching and Learning research encompasses theoretical approaches, educational strategies and evaluation in dental education. Areas of research include: Theory of Learning, Educational strategies and Evaluation.

Experimental & Translational Research


Contact: Dr Rasha Abu-Eid

The aim of cancer research at the Institute of Dentistry is contribute to the body of knowledge to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Areas of research include: Head and Neck Cancer Immunology, Digital Pathology for the Classification and Grading of Oral Lesions and Early Detection of Oral Cancer.

Microbial Diseases

Contact: Dr Karolin Hijazi

Microbial Diseases research at the Institute of Dentistry aims to advance mechanistic knowledge that will inform the development of new strategies to control infective diseases as well as immune disease driven by microbes. Areas of research include: Antimicrobial Resistance, HIV-1, Oral Opportunistic Pathogens and Oral Mucosal Inflammatory Disease.

Aberdeen Global Scholarship (EU)

The Aberdeen Global Scholarship is open to European Union (EU) students.

This is a £2,000 tuition fee discount available to eligible self-funded Postgraduate Masters students who are classed as International fee status and are domiciled in the EU, plus another £3,000 discount for eligible Postgraduate Masters students who would have previously been eligible for Home fees (Scottish/EU) fee status.

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Entry Requirements

  • Undergraduate qualification in a relevant course (1st)
  • Masters degree in a relevant area of study

Fees and Funding

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this Research Area.

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