It is presently unclear whether the Institute will be running this programme in academic year 2023-24. The portal for applications to this programme is presently closed however you are advised to check this periodically as we may be accepting applications in the late Spring of 2023.
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Sports Dentistry: Oral Health in Sport MSc
A part-time, distance-learning, three-year degree delivered mostly online with four days each year spent at the Institute. Offers multiple exit points.
Why Sports Dentistry?
As recreational sport becomes more popular and the demands placed on professional athletes increase, the importance of good oral health is becoming recognised as essential to performance.
Recent research, much of it undertaken at the UCL Eastman Centre for Oral Health and Performance, shows that elite athletes often have higher levels of oral disease, tooth decay and gum inflammation than the ordinary population. Many have reported that this impacts negatively on their performance as well as their ability to eat, relax, sleep and smile.
Competitors in many sports are also exposed to increased risk of trauma during the course of play.
Our pioneering Sports Dentistry CPD course has given many dentists the expertise and confidence to treat athletes from a variety of sports. However, it primarily focussed on in-play trauma to the dentition.
This has now evolved into a comprehensive Master's degree, where all aspects of oral health are considered specifically with athletes in mind. Graduates will be taught by experts in the fields of oral health and sports medicine. They can expect to be able to advise sporting bodies on dental issues, work at sporting events and support medical colleagues either as 'field-of-play' operators or in an advisory capacity in the surgery.
- Dr Peter Fine, Programme Director
- Dr John Haughey, Deputy Programme Director
- Professor Ian Needleman
Most learning takes place online with just four days a year spent at our CPD facilities which feature two skills labs with individual bays fully equipped as a dental operatory, lecture and seminar rooms and five full equipped surgeries. We also may visit other external facilities, such as sports laboratories.
Please contact us if you would like to visit the facilities.