This full-time, one-year Master’s programme includes the diagnosis and medical treatment of, and research into, conditions of the mouth, face, salivary glands and jaws.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £25,130 (FT) £12,570 (PT)
- £40,760 (FT) £20,540 (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 qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification.
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: Good
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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The programme’s 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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
- Principles of Therapeutics and Treatment Core Course (Oral Medicine)
- Clinical Care Core Course (Oral Medicine)
- Advanced Clinical Care in Oral Medicine
- Principles and Practice in Oral Medicine
- Clinical Science and Research Methods
There are no optional modules for this programme.
Each student undertakes 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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
After completion of the programme, graduates have typically followed five potential pathways:
- Academic/hospital positions in oral medicine in countries where no further academic or clinical training is required
- PhD programmes (typically in the UK, but also in the EU and overseas)
- NHS clinical training positions, either foundation training or specialist training (in the UK)
- NHS posts e.g. speciality doctor/dentist in the UK
- Positions in dental practices in the UK, EU and overseas.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Associate Dentist, National Dental Practice
- Senior Health Officer, Eastman Dental Hospital (NHS)
- Senior Registrar, Margalla College of Dentistry
- Dental Consultant, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
The institute has an internationally renowned oral medicine unit with staff who are highly active in teaching and research, and the associated Eastman Dental Hospital has a strong patient base that ensures exposure to a wide range of oral medicine conditions. The programme ensures that students lay the groundwork towards an academic and/or hospital career in oral medicine in the UK or abroad.
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 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The programme’s students 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.
Department: Eastman Dental Institute
Student / staff numbers › 68 staff including 5 postdocs › 396 taught students › 98 research students
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: Eastman Dental Institute
75% 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.
What our students and staff say
"I applied to UCL because the Eastman Dental Institute offers the best training in oral medicine, is well known with an excellent reputation and highly respected staff."
Sandra GoncalvesOral Medicine MSc
"My work concentrates on finding better ways of diagnosing mouth cancer that ensures patients are identified as early as possible. We work on developing simple methods for easy diagnosis of such disease in the primary health care setting. If oral cancer is identified early affected individuals will not require complex treatment and are likely to survive a disorder that still kills about 50% of affected persons."
Professor Stephen PorterOral Medicine MSc, Special Care Dentistry MSc, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MSc, Oral Surgery MClinDent
UCL Eastman Dental Institute
"Studying oral medicine at the Eastman Dental Institute was unique opportunity for me to gain a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and clinical aspects of oral medicine. The challenge of providing high-quality care for patients with complex medical conditions and diagnostic challenges provides a high level of job satisfaction."
Sondra GoncalvesOral Medicine MSc
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 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, within and outside the United Kingdom.
- All applicants
- 20 March 2017
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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
- what is your source of funding and is this something you have applied for already
- what is your previous experience in this field
- what is your career plan after completion of this Master’s 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.
Successful applicants to this programme will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit dependent on their mode of study and fee status as given below:
- UK/EU full-time: £2,500
- UK/EU part-time: £2,500
- Overseas full-time: £5,000
- Overseas part-time: £5,000
Further details can be found on the Fees and funding page.