The internationally renowned Dental Public Health MSc at UCL offers a challenging and innovative programme of study. Based in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, a particular strength of the programme is the focus on exploring the application of public health philosophy to dental public health issues.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £9,570 (FT) £4,785 (PT)
- £24,420 (FT) £12,150 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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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About this degree
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
- Research Dissertation
- 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.
Aubrey Sheiham Scholarship £2,500 payable towards fees for one full-time MSc Dental Public Health applicant holding an unconditional offer for 2018/19 entry.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £2,500 (1 yr)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- £2,500 (1 yr)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- £2,500 (1 yr)
- UK, EU, Overseas
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.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Dentist, NHS (National Health Service)
- Deputy of Brazilian Air Force Dental Health System, Forﾍa Aﾎrea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force)
- MPhil/PhD in Epidemiology and Health Care,UCL
- Dentist, Ministry of Health.
- Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India
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 academic careers and commence research degrees within their specified areas of interest at various higher education institutes around the world.
Within the UK, several of our past students are now lecturers in dental public health, while others are consultants in dental public health working at Public Health England.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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.
UCL 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 of health.
Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Student / staff numbers
› 61 staff
including 132 postdocs
› 110 taught students
› 100 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
81% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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
- 27 July 2018
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
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.