The internationally renowned Dental Public Health MSc at UCL offers a challenging and innovative programme of study. Based in UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, a particular strength of the programme is the focus on exploring the application of public health philosophy to dental public health issues.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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 Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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
You will develop a broad understanding of the philosophy of dental public health, and in particular the underlying social, economic and political determinants of health.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits) and a project report (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Dental Public Health.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Philosophy and Principles of Dental Public Health
- Oral Epidemiology - This module is suspended for 2020-21 and will be replaced by Epidemiology
- Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences
- Principles and Practice of Oral Health Promotion
- Research Methods in Dental Public Health - This module is suspended for 2020-21 and will be replaced by Research Methods for Social Epidemiology
- Regression Modelling
- Evidence Based Dental Practice
- Planning for Better Oral Health
- Epidemiology and Public Health: Report on an Individual Project
- 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
The UCL Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is pleased to offer two one-year Scholarships for full-time students undertaking the MSc in Dental Public Health. The awards will commence in September 2020 and the Scholarships will consist of £2,500 towards tuition fees for home students and £5,000 for overseas students. The recipients will be expected to secure the remaining part of their tuition fees and to cover their living costs.
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.
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.
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 is ranked 10th in the world for public health (Shanghai Rankings' Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019).
- 1st in the UK: top-rated university in the UK for research strength (REF 2014)
- 8th in the world: among the top universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020)
- 10th in the world for public health (ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019)
- 10th in the world for life and medical sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)
The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care is a friendly, thriving multidisciplinary environment. 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.
The UCL Dental Public Health Group, led by Professor Richard Watt, has an outstanding national and international reputation for high quality dental public health research, teaching and policy. The Group is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre of Oral Health Inequalities and Public Health. Professor Watt also co-chairs the recently established Lancet Commission on Oral Health.
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information 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 a related discipline 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.
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
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.
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