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Miss Jessie Porter

Email: j.porter@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1253

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

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

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Key facts

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60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Dental Public Health MSc

The internationally renowned Dental Public Health MSc at UCL offers a challenging and innovative programme of study. Based in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, a particular strength of the programme is the focus on exploring the application of public health philosophy to dental public health issues.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop a broad understanding of the philosophy of dental public health, and in particular the underlying social, economic and political determinants of health. They are able to describe and apply the key principles of the Primary Health Care Approach, and demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of current concepts and theories.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's pioneering universities with a reputation for high quality research. Located in the heart of London it is a stimulating and exciting environment in which to study.

Epidemiology & Public Health is a friendly, thriving multi-disciplinary department. Staff, specialising in biology, dentistry, economics, epidemiology, medicine, psychology, public health, statistics and sociology, aim to develop a better understanding of health and prevention of ill health through vigorous research at a global, national and local level. This knowledge is applied via teaching and contributions to national and international health policy and the wider public understanding on health.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a project report (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Philosophy and Principles of Dental Public Health
  • Oral Epidemiology
  • Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences
  • Principles and Practice of Oral Health Promotion
  • Research Methods in Dental Public Health
  • Regression Modelling
  • Evidence Based Dental Practice
  • Planning for Better Oral Health

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of no more than 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is designed to encourage maximum student participation and involvement, and is based upon small group teaching seminars, where a questioning approach is actively encouraged, enabling students to challenge the basis for current dental policy and practice. Assessment is through internal assignments, examination, oral presentation and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental or medical qualification. Applicants must be confident using computers and show evidence of numeracy (e.g. GCSE Mathematics or Statistics).

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 is 13 September 2013. 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. As most of the applicants are from overseas, interviews are not conducted for admission to the programme.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates of dentistry or medicine who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles of dental public health and its application in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases, for further research or specialist training in this field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Dental Public Health at graduate level
  • why you want to study Dental Public Health at UCL
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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.

Career

Many former students have become chief dental officers, dental public health academics and planners in their own countries.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • UCL: PhD programme
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Clinical Trials Assistant
  • Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust: Project Assistant
  • Kingston Practice: Dentist
  • Ministry of Health: Dental Officer
  • General Dental Council: Overseas Dentist Examination
  • Iffley Dental Practice: Dentist
  • University of Maiduguri: Lecturer

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


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