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Course content

Course overview

  • Develop a critical evidence-based approach to planning services and improving oral health at a population level, covering biostatistics, epidemiology and evidence-based practice.
  • Prepare for an academic career in dentistry or a PhD by gaining research experience.
  • Study at a university ranked 4th in the UK and in the top 25 in the world for dentistry (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • This course is recognised as part of training in the higher speciality of Dental Public Health and as preparation for the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons.
  • Benefit from flexible learning thanks to the online and part-time nature of the course.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MRes (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £950 per 15 credits; £3,800 dissertation 
  • International students (per annum): £1,850 per 15 credits and £7,400 for dissertation

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Please note that you are only eligible for the Home/EU postgraduate loan if you choose the 3 year part-time master's course.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2018 or are graduating in 2019;
  • hold a first class honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in the written component and no less than 5.5 in all components)
  • TOEFL: 90 (internet-based) (Minimum: Listening 18; Writing 20; Reading 18 and Speaking 20)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

Advice to applicants

Applicants must provide the following:

  • proof of two years' recent post-graduation clinical experience;
  • two academic references. Both must be on headed paper, and signed and dated and within the last 12 months;
  • copies (not originals) of degree certificates;
  • official academic transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. (If these are in a language other than English please provide official translations.)
  • copies (not originals) of English Language certification if you are an EU/international applicant from a country not officially recognised as majority English-speaking;
  • personal statement;
  • full CV.

EU/international students should also upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application. Evidence of citizenship of an EU country will be required for those claiming home student status.

Teaching and learning

Course delivery

The primary method of course delivery is via the internet, using technology that allows tutors to encourage active communication and discussion between participants on the course. This enables you to learn through easy access to a wealth of web-based materials and published articles, both from the course tutors and other students.

Induction residential course 

A two-day residential is held jointly with the MPH, MDPH and MRes courses at The University of Manchester at the beginning of the first academic year. It is designed to give everyone the necessary technical training and general orientation of materials that you will use throughout the course. You are encouraged to attend the residential, but it is not compulsory, as the same induction material is available online.

Coursework and assessment

The assessment of each course unit is by written assignment rather than exams. Typically, assessment of each unit would involve a mid-semester and end-of-semester assignment. The word count of the assignments is typically 1,000 and 4,000 respectively.

Additionally, some assessment may be made of your contribution to online discussion.

The dissertation is worth 90 credits and should be between 15,000-18,000 words in length. It will comprise one of the following options:

  • a research protocol/grant application;
  • a research report, usually the secondary analysis of a dataset;
  • a qualitative or theoretical study;
  • a structured literature review.

Additional fee information

Most course units use entirely online material but some course units may require a textbook costing £30-£50.

Costs may also be incurred for travel, subsistence and accommodation charges during the following optional events or units:

  • the residential course for first year students;
  • the Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Practice blended learning unit;
  • the Intercultural Public Health blended learning unit;
  • the UK Leadership and Public Health Strategy blended learning unit;
  • the Emergency Humanitarian Assistance blended learning unit.

Career opportunities

Our course will enable you to apply your new skills and knowledge to conducting research into planning and delivering oral health services in your own area of work.

Some graduates may also go on to work towards the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons.


Visit the MRes Dental Public Health page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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