Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
- Flexible: 2-5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
- £23,020 (FT) £11,460 (PT)
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).
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a project report (60 credits).
- 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
- There are no optional modules for this programme.
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Many former students have become chief dental officers, dental public health academics and planners in their own countries.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India
- PhD in Dental Public Health, University of Amsterdam
- Dental Public Health Lecturer, International Islamic University
- Dentist, Ministry of Public Health
- Public Health Doctor, NHS Croydon
Many of our completing students go on to 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.
Why 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 multidisciplinary 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.
Student / staff ratios › 335 staff › 91 taught students › 153 research students
Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Application and next steps
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.
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.
- All applicants
- 2 September 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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