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Course content

The MSc in Clinical Dentistry (Dental Public Health) offers you the opportunity to enhance professional, clinical and academic knowledge alongside others from multi-disciplinary backgrounds around the world.

The programme can equip you with the understanding and skills to manage the competing demands, resource implications and expectations inherent in providing a 21st century public dental service. It will suit dental professionals or public health professionals who want to grow their knowledge, skills and commitment to develop equitable and fair dental health services. It includes tutors from outside the university environment and with specialist knowledge and experience in oral health protection and the management of dental services locally.

The School has some of the most up-to-date facilities in the country and an excellent health sciences library. The dental hospital provides outstanding facilities for education and patient care.

Course content

This programme combines a research project with taught modules. The taught modules fall into two categories:

  • Core Research Skill Theory - Introduction to Research Methodology and Ethics, Core Epidemiology, Statistical Methods and Transferable Skills 1
  • Dental Public Health and Theoretical Basis of Public Health - Principles of Dental Public Health, Foundations of International Health, Principles of Public Health and Health Promotion.

The research dissertation you work on over both semesters allows you to develop practical research skills.

Course structure

Year 1 Compulsory modules

  • Transferable Skills 1 10 credits
  • Core Epidemiology 10 credits
  • Introduction to Research Methodology and Ethics 10 credits
  • Statistical Methods 10 credits
  • Dental Public Health Research Project 60 credits
  • Principles of Dental Public Health 35 credits
  • Principles of Public Health (International) 30 credits
  • Health Promotion 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Dental Public Health MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The programme is delivered as a series of modules, containing a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals, complemented by e-learning.

The learning on the programme enables you to:

  • critically analyse and debate the theories and issues related to dental public health and effectively communicate these ideas
  • talk knowledgeably and construct arguments around the social, political and economic factors determining the health of populations
  • analyse and synthesise evidence based research and its application to the practice of dental public health
  • develop and evaluate appropriate oral health protection and promotion initiatives at the population level
  • develop and apply research methodology by conducting a specified programme of research under one-to-one supervision.


You’ll be assessed through a combination of in-course assessments, end of module written examination and an oral examination on your research dissertation.

Placement opportunities

Clinical placements may be possible with oral health promotion teams locally.

Career opportunities

There are dental public health opportunities at all levels of health service planning, government offices and health departments, health agencies and in academia.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Visit the Dental Public Health MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!





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