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Oral Medicine MSc

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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£24,400 (FT) £12,200 (PT)
£39,570 (FT) £19,940 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 30 July 2015
Close: 8 January 2016

Entry Requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification. For further requirements please refer to the Institute's Oral Medicine MSc page.

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.

International students

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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Degree Information

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).

Core Modules

  • 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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Oral Medicine MSc


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.


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

  • Speciality Registrar in Oral Medicine, University Hospitals Birmingham/Birmingham Dental School (2013)
  • Assistant Professor and Consultant in Oral Medicine, Fatima Memorial Hospital/College of Medicine and Dentistry, Pakistan (2011)
  • Associate Dentist, University College London Hospitals, Eastman Dental Hospital, Specialty Dentist (2013) (2011)
  • Paediatric Dentistry (2011)
  • Grand Challenge PhD Programme, UCL (2011)


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.

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. Find out more about the programme on the institute's Oral Medicine MSc page.

Find out more about the programme on the institute's Oral Medicine MSc page.

Student / staff ratios › 63 staff including 6 postdocs › 390 taught students › 66 research students

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Degree reviews

Student review

"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 Goncalves

Oral Medicine MSc
Staff review

"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 Porter

Oral Medicine MSc, Special Care Dentistry MSc, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MSc, Oral Surgery MClinDent
UCL Eastman Dental Institute
Student review

"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 Goncalves

Oral 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
8 January 2016
For full details of the application process please refer to the institute's Oral Medicine MSc page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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