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Contact details

Ms Marianne Dang

Email: m.dang@.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3456 1092

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£16,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£35,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Eastman Dental Institute

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Oral Medicine MSc

Oral medicine includes the diagnosis, medical treatment and research into conditions of the mouth, face, salivary glands and jaws. This MSc, the only UK programme of its kind, provides a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and clinical aspects of oral medicine.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

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?

The Eastman is a major centre of excellence, at the forefront of evidence-based clinical service, research and development, and education in the oral health care sciences.

The Oral Medicine unit is among the largest in Europe; clinical staff have unique expertise and experience, with most clinicians being registered specialists or specialist trainees in Oral medicine, and all clinical academic staff holding honorary appointments with Eastman Dental Hospital, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust.

Students on this programme 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.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Clinical Sciences and Research Methods
  • Principles of Therapeutics and Treatment (Oral Medicine)
  • Clinical Care (Oral Medicine)
  • Advanced Clinical Care in Oral Medicine
  • Principles and Practice of Oral Medicine
  • Dissertation
  • *see below


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake 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.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have sufficient clinical experience in oral medicine.

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 English Language Qualification page for full details.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications for this programme is 14 January for the year of entry. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Students applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This MSc 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 of Oral Medicine 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 at the EDI
  • what is your source of funding and is this something you have applied for already
  • what is your previous experience in this programme
  • what is your after completion of this masters 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.


First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • University College London: Grand Challenge PhD Programme
  • University Hospitals Birmingham/Birmingham Dental School: Speciality Dentist
  • University Hospitals Birmingham/Birmingham Dental School: Speciality Trainee
  • Fatima Memorial Hospital/College of Medicine and Dentistry, Pakistan: Assistant Professor and Consultant in Oral Medicine

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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