Oral Medicine MSc
A full-time, one year Master’s programme that includes the diagnosis and medical treatment of, and research into, conditions of the mouth, face, salivary glands and jaws. This MSc is the only UK programme of its kind and provides a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and clinical aspects of oral medicine.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £17,400
- Overseas Full-time: £37,300
- All applicants: 10 January 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme’s students gain an understanding of aetiopathogenesis, clinical features, investigation and management of disorders of the oral mucosa and salivary glands, non-neoplastic disease of the jawbones, and disorders of sensation of the mouth, and develop skills in investigating and managing such diseases. Particular emphasis is placed on the preventive aspects of oral health care and the evidence-based whole care of patients as individuals.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Eastman Dental Institute is the largest postgraduate dental school in Europe and has a reputation as one of the world’s leading academic centres for dentistry. As part of UCL – London’s Global University – the Institute welcomes UK and international students.
This programme is delivered by the Institute’s unit of Oral Medicine & Special Care Dentistry. The unit has the longest established UK postgraduate programme in Oral Medicine and was the first to offer postgraduate teaching at different levels in Special Care Dentistry.
The programme’s students benefit from the opportunity to become closely involved in the clinical care of patients, taking full part in the processes of examination, diagnosis, assessment, investigations and the prevention and management of disease. They will also be exposed to the research activities of the unit and gain significant experience in translational research design and delivery.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Each student undertakes an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000– 12,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, clinical teaching on a one-to-one basis, seminar teaching, lectures, journals club, case discussion, self-directed learning and problem-based learning. Assessment is through practical, clinical and oral examinations, log book review, written papers (MCQ and MSA), and the dissertation.
All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification.
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that they meet the required standard by either having recently passed one of the UCL recognised English language tests at the ‘good’ level, or through previous work or education experience in English. See UCL's English language proficiency requirements.
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English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The application deadline for this programme is 10 January 2014. Late applications may be considered after this date but early application is advisable.
Who can apply?
The programme is aimed at dental professionals who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in oral medicine in order to become a competent practitioner in the field, within and outside the United Kingdom.
What are we looking for?
- When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- why you want to study oral medicine at graduate level
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- what is your source of funding and is this something you have applied for already
- what is your previous experience in this field
- what is your career plan after completion of this Master’s degree and how do you expect this qualification to help you.
- Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
After completion of the programme, graduates have typically followed four potential pathways: academic positions in oral medicine in universities of countries where no further academic or clinical training is required; PhD programmes (typically in the UK, but also in the EU and overseas); NHS clinical training positions, either Foundation Training or Specialist Training (in the UK); positions in dental practices (UK, EU and overseas).
Top career destinations for this programme
- University Hospitals Birmingham/Birmingham Dental School, Speciality Dentist, 2011
- Fatima Memorial Hospital/College of Medicine and Dentistry, Pakistan, Assistant Professor and Consultant in Oral Medicine, 2011
- Charlton Village Dentist, Associate Dentist, 2011
- UCL , Paediatric Dentistry, 2011
- UCL, Grand Challenge PhD Programme, 2011
The programme’s staff holds positions with national and international societies. Students benefit from these connections as staff from other institutions can help with their projects and visiting professors regularly spend time at the Institute.After completion of the programme, graduates have typically followed four potential pathways: academic positions in oral medicine in universities of countries where no further academic or clinical training is required; PhD programmes (typically in the UK, but also in the EU and overseas); NHS clinical training positions, either Foundation Training or Specialist Training (in the UK); positions in dental practices (UK, EU and overseas)