Dentistry (Research)

Program Overview

The Faculty of Dentistry offers a graduate program leading to either a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy. This graduate program appeals to applicants, both dentists and non-dentists, who are pursuing graduate research training.

Consequently, both the MSc and the PhD degrees have a common core of coursework, with the PhD degree requiring additional coursework and research training. MSc students will receive base graduate funding (stipend and tuition payment) for two years, and PhD students will received base graduate funding for five years.

See the Master of Science section below:

1. Thesis Option.

See the Doctor of Philosophy sections below:

1. Full-Time Research Program and

3. Flexible-Time Option.


For students interested in the MSc and PhD programs with combined specialty training: please see the Quick Facts page for those programs.


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MSc, PhD:

15-Aug-2021 (Jan start)

1-Mar-2022 (Sept start)

MSc, PhD:

15-Aug-2021 (Jan start)

1-Mar-2022 (Sept start)

Supporting documents deadline MSc, PhD:

15-Aug-2021 (Jan start)

1-Mar-2022 (Sept start)

MSc, PhD:

15-Aug-2021 (Jan start)

1-Mar-2022 (Sept start)

Minimum admission average MSc:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s or DDS

PhD:

A-minus average in Master’s

MSc:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s or DDS

PhD:

A-minus average in Master’s

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

Yes (minimum A-minus average in courses in the relevant discipline)

PhD:

Yes (minimum A-minus average in courses in the relevant discipline)

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MSc, PhD:

Before

MSc, PhD:

Before

Program length (full-time only) MSc:

6 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years if transferring from Master’s; 5 years direct-entry

MSc:

6 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years if transferring from Master’s; 5 years direct-entry


Dentistry: Dentistry MSc (Dental Biomedical Sciences Field)

Program Description

The Dentistry MSc program, Dental Biomedical Sciences field develops students’ scholarly and critical thinking skills, and is intended for those whose career goal is to achieve mastery of a field in oral health science or employment in a research environment. The program length is six sessions, with most students taking two years to complete the requirements.

A part-time option is also available. Part-time students complete the same program requirements over an extended period of time (usually 12 sessions). Note: part-time students are ineligible to transfer to the PhD field in Dental Biomedical Sciences.

Additionally, MSc students in the field of Dental Biomedical Sciences are ineligible to transfer to a PhD program with a dental specialty.

 

MSc Program (Dental Biomedical Sciences): Thesis-Only Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Dentistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate BSc, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), or an equivalent degree, with at least a B+ standing (3.3 out of 4.0 grade point average [GPA]) in the final year from a recognized university.

Program Requirements

  • Students must successfully complete a total of 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a thesis as follows:

    • Year 1:

      • DEN1001Y0 Seminars in Oral Health Sciences (Credit/No Credit; 1.0 FCE)

      • DEN1010H Research Ethics (Credit/No Credit; 0.5 FCE)

      • DEN1015H Introduction to Biostatistics (0.5 FCE)

      • An additional 1.0 elective FCE.

    • Year 2: Research, thesis completion, and oral defence of the written thesis.

  • Residency. Ordinarily, one year of full-time registration; however, it is the Faculty of Dentistry's expectation that students will normally remain in full-time attendance on campus to enable full participation in departmental activities for two years.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
12 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

Dentistry: Dentistry PhD (Dental Biomedical Sciences Field)

Program Description

The Dentistry PhD, Dental Biomedical Sciences field is intended for those whose career goal is to work at the forefront of their field in oral health sciences as an independent research scientist in an academic, governmental, or industrial setting. Completion of the PhD may take longer than the indicated program length below.

 

PhD Program (Dental Biomedical Sciences)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Dentistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Students are normally admitted to a PhD program with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or equivalent, with at least an A– standing (3.7 out of 4.0 grade point average [GPA]) in the final year from a recognized university. Students may also be admitted with an appropriate master's degree in a discipline appropriate to the intended field of doctoral study.

Program Requirements

  • Students undertake customized programs, approved by an advisory committee and the Associate Dean, Graduate Education, comprising advanced study and original research culminating in the defence of a thesis. After consultation with the Associate Dean, Graduate Education, a committee will be appointed to plan and arrange students’ coursework and research programs, approve the course of study, and monitor progress as part of an annual report to the Associate Dean for approval and continuance of candidacy.

  • Students must successfully complete a total of 2.0 required full-course equivalents (FCEs), 2.0 elective FCEs, and a thesis as follows:

    • Year 1:

      • DEN1010H Research Ethics (Credit/No Credit; 0.5 FCE)

      • DEN1015H Introduction to Biostatistics (0.5 FCE)

      • DEN1100Y0 Seminars in Oral Health Sciences (Credit/No Credit)

      • Develop a thesis proposal, form a supervisory committee, and complete an ethics review (if applicable)

    • Year 2:

      • Continue with DEN1100Y0 Seminars in Oral Health Sciences (Credit/No Credit)

      • 2.0 elective FCEs in clinical, epidemiological, or basic science research methodology appropriate for clinical or public health practice

      • Successfully pass a qualifying oral examination between 12 and 24 months to demonstrate an adequate capacity for oral health sciences research through previous work. Students will be examined on their thesis proposal and their breadth of knowledge relative to the research project.

      • Continue with thesis research (RST9999Y)

    • Year 3:

      • Continue with DEN1100Y0 Seminars in Oral Health Sciences (Credit/No Credit; 1.0 FCE)

      • Continue with thesis research (RST9999Y)

    • Year 4:

      • Complete any outstanding coursework

      • Continue with thesis research (RST9999Y)

    • Year 5: Successfully submit and defend the thesis at the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Participate in all graduate research activities of the advisor’s research group.

  • Present at meetings and publish original research findings in a timely fashion.

  • Participate as a member of departmental and student committees as applicable.

  • Residency. Students must meet a minimum residency requirement of one year, though it is the Faculty of Dentistry's expectation that students will normally remain on campus for four years.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

 

PhD Program (Dental Biomedical Sciences): Transfer

Transfer Requirements

  • Highly qualified MSc students may be considered for transfer to the PhD program. MSc students who transfer to the PhD must fulfil the admission requirements listed under the PhD program and successfully complete the transfer examination.

Program Requirements

  • Students undertake customized programs, approved by an advisory committee and the Associate Dean, Graduate Education, comprising advanced study and original research culminating in the defence of a thesis. After consultation with the Associate Dean, Graduate Education, a committee will be appointed to plan and arrange the student’s coursework and research programs, approve the course of study, and monitor progress as part of an annual report to the Associate Dean for approval and continuance of candidacy.

  • Students must successfully complete a total of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), 2.0 elective FCEs, and a thesis as follows:

    • Year 1:

      • DEN1010H Research Ethics (Credit/No Credit; 0.5 FCE)

      • DEN1015H Introduction to Biostatistics (0.5 FCE)

      • DEN1100Y0 Seminars in Oral Health Sciences (Credit/No Credit)

      • Develop a thesis proposal, form a supervisory committee, and complete an ethics review (if applicable)

    • Year 2:

      • Continue with DEN1100Y0 Seminars in Oral Health Sciences (Credit/No Credit)

      • 2.0 elective FCEs in clinical, epidemiological, or basic science research methodology appropriate for clinical or public health practice

      • Successfully pass a transfer examination between 12 and 24 months to demonstrate an adequate capacity for oral health sciences research through previous work. Students will be examined on their thesis proposal and their breadth of knowledge relative to the research project.

    • Year 3:

      • Continue with DEN1100Y0 Seminars in Oral Health Sciences (Credit/No Credit; 1.0 FCE)

      • Continue with thesis research (RST9999Y)

    • Year 4:

      • Complete any outstanding coursework

      • Continue with thesis research (RST9999Y)

    • Year 5: Successfully submit and defend the thesis at the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Participate in all graduate research activities of the advisor’s research group.

  • Present at meetings and publish original research findings in a timely fashion.

  • Participate as a member of departmental and student committees as applicable.

  • Residency. Students must meet a minimum residency requirement of one year, though it is the Faculty of Dentistry's expectation that students will normally remain on campus for four years.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded or credit is given when completed.

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