About the PhD Program

The Faculty of Dentistry offers advanced study leading to the PhD in Craniofacial Science through one of the following areas of study:

  • Research in Population Health will explore the complex interactions (social, cultural, environmental) that affect the oral health of individuals, communities and populations.
  • Oral health related clinical research includes both interventional and observational studies focusing on the following: disease prevention, diagnosis, risk, treatment, prognosis and health care.
  • Basic science research in the areas of biomaterials, cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology and molecular biology is available.

Applicants must meet minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The program is open to those who have completed a DDS, DMD, MD, DVM, or their equivalents, or an MSc. Students entering directly without a Master’s degree must, during the first year of study, complete 12 credits with a first class average of which at least 9 credits must be at the 500-level or above and at least 9 credits must be no less than ‘A-’ (at UBC, 80%), to maintain registration as a doctoral student. Students will normally take DENT 540 (Research Methods and Seminars in Oral Biology) during their first year. Students will also be required to pass a comprehensive examination. The program ordinarily requires at least four full academic years of study. The program is research-oriented, consisting of didactic courses and original research carried out under supervision. It is not a clinical program leading to clinical specialization, and is unrelated to licensure. In addition, the Faculty provides an opportunity for qualified students to enter combined programs leading to certification in a dental specialty in conjunction with this PhD.

The deadline for fully documented complete applications is February 28th for entry the following August.