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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,800

Application date

  • All applicants: 12 September 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


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.

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Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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).

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

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 deadline for applications is 12 September 2014.

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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Government Regional Hospital, Regional Dental Officer, 2010
  • Healthnet Limited, General Dentist Practitioner, 2010
  • International Islamic University, Dental Public Health Lecturer, 2011
  • Ministry of Public Health, Dentist, 2011
  • NHS Croydon, Public Health Doctor, 2011

Employability

Many of our completing students go on work within governing bodies, healthcare institutions and local dentist practices. A large number also go on to commence Research Degrees within their specified areas of interest at various Higher Education Institutes around the world.


Next steps

Contact

Mrs Fabienne Terbuni

T: +44 (0)20 7679 1996

W: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

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