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MMedSci Diagnostic Oral Pathology


University of Sheffield School of Clinical Dentistry

Full time September Other 1 year FT

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Course description

This is the only course in the UK in this specialist field. Oral Pathology is a specialism both of pathology and of dentistry. Pathology is the laboratory science dedicated to advancing understanding of the causes and nature of disease and histopathology is that branch of pathology involving the study of changes in tissues. The Master of Medical Science (MMedSci) course in Diagnostic Oral Pathology is concerned with the pathology of oral diseases and disorders that affect the tissues and organs of the oral cavity and its related structures.

The oral pathology course builds upon the basic understanding of pathology and oral pathology that will have been gained at undergraduate level and is particularly suited to those who have obtained some relevant postgraduate experience

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Entry Requirements

You need a recognised dental or medical qualification. You must have at least one year’s postgraduate experience in a relevant clinical discipline.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


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Areeg A Elmusrati

“I first chose to study at The University of Sheffield when I was looking for a Masters course in Diagnostic Oral Pathology”, explains Areeg, who studied a postgraduate taught course in Oral Pathology before progressing onto her PhD programme. “Not only is University of Sheffield a reputable university, with renowned and internationally recognised academic staff and in particular oral pathologists, but it was the only Masters course taught in the UK in this particular speciality.”

Born in Libya and raised in Virginia, USA, Areeg always had an inner calling for research and a passion for pursuing new avenues in the field of dentistry, which led her to apply for a competitive postgraduate scholarship, offered by The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Libya. After a successful application, Areeg accepted her place on her Masters course, where she conducted lab-based research for the first time.

“During my Masters I had the opportunity to learn about diseases on a cellular level, a field that bridges between science and medicine, which I wasn't exposed to in detail during my undergraduate course in Dental Surgery. Not only was able to examine specimens sent from far countries for consultation, but was also trained to perfect a range of lab techniques that further assisted in diagnostics.”

Areeg was offered an extension on my scholarship, and a position in The University of Sheffield to continue with the same project focusing on oral and maxillofacial pathology, and further expand the project as PhD research. Areeg adds, “After hard work, and long hours in lab, within several months of starting my PhD, I was successful in publishing my findings in the British Journal of Cancer. I am now currently a final year PhD student and have accepted a staff position as a Post-doctorate Research Associate at the School of Clinical Dentistry.”

Areeg plans to remain in academia, as well as taking on further speciality training to practice as a dentist in the UK.



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