Oral Health Sciences (PhD)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Oral Health Sciences offered by the Faculty of Dental Medicine & Oral Health Sciences is a research-intensive program that emphasizes challenging and forward-thinking learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in literature review, research design, and knowledge mobilization to pursue professional opportunities in academia or industry.

Keywords: oral health, epidemiology, artificial intelligence, engineering, pain, neuroscience, oral oncology, epidemiology, public and population health, neuroscience, technology innovation.

Unique Program Features

  • The program fosters access to integrated care, community service and engagement. Students bridge fundamental, applied and translational research to dental practice using creative knowledge transfer;
  • Students receive a high level of technical support and interact extensively with professors, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, and research assistants;
  • Faculty members and researchers possess expertise in a variety of disciplines and methodologies including: biomaterials, biochemistry, mathematics, cellular biology, neuroscience, epidemiology, medical anthropology, clinical trials, educational research, and community participatory research. Additional areas of specialty include nanobiotechnology, public and population health, tissue engineering, mineralized tissue, extracellular matrix, disease model, implant, bone, Indigenous healthcare, cancer, skeletal biomechanics, bioimaging, medical informatics;
  • Faculty members receive more external research funding than any other Canadian dental school.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

PhD in Oral Health Sciences website

Department Contact

Graduate Program graduate.dentistry [at] mcgill.ca (subject: PhD%20in%20Oral%20Health%20Sciences) (email)

Available Intakes




Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 April 15
WINTER February 15 August 1 November 10
SUMMER May 15 October 1 April 1

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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