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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year Full-time

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  • Last Updated

    22 August 2019

This programme orientates internationally qualified dental graduates to that of a UK dental practitioner by providing a comprehensive grounding in six key training areas: basic sciences and their application to modern day dental practice, applied principles of clinical dentistry, clinical skills, communication skills, professionalism, management and leadership.

The course is delivered under three broad headings:

1. Taught

Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relevant basic sciences including anatomy, physiology, immunology, microbiology and molecular biology with respect to health and how these are altered in disease states
  • Patho-physiological and anatomical basis for clinical signs of oral and craniofacial health and disease
  • Relationships between dental disease, population risk factors and the preventative measures

And integrate this knowledge to dental areas through discussions in:

  • Basic and clinical science associated with pharmacology and therapeutics used in dentistry
  • The science underpinning the key properties of dental materials and evaluate their clinical applications

2. Clinical

Students' clinical skills will be augmented through practical, laboratory based sessions using typodont teeth set in a manikin head.

  • Operative skills will be taught to ensure students can undertake skilled, competent and safe dental procedures including: cavity design, extra-coronal restorations and non-surgical endodontic treatment.
  • Simulated clinical techniques will be undertaken and the student will be introduced to decision making processes leading to tooth loss and replacement and execution of appropriate operative techniques for all stages of planned prosthodontic treatment (excluding bridges and implants) in conjunction, as necessary, with other specialists and technicians.

Students will observe current UK dental practise via clinics in oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontology, paediatrics, prosthodontics, radiology and orthodontics.

Tutoring in Objective Structured Clinical Reasoning Examinations (OSCE) and Structured Clinical Reasoning (SCR) Exams will be carried out using the advanced facilities in the state of the art dental skills laboratory.

3. Research

The research component consists of a structured literature review and clinical audit report. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:

  • Critical appraisal and analysis of scientific and clinical literature
  • How clinical audit identifies problems in clinical service and helps formulate solutions
  • Appropriate tools for searching the literature (search engines, web-based libraries, electronic documents)

Students will develop the analytical skills to be able to:

  • Critically appraise, analyse and evaluate scientific papers and clinical literature applying the principles of evidence based dentistry
  • Evaluate evidence of the latest developments in Dentistry

Communication skills will be developed throughout the taught, clinical and research elements of the course with specific topic presentations during seminars as well as through journal club reports and presentations on dental and clinical governance topics.

The application deadline is 30th June 2019.  Once we have received applications by the deadline the first selection process will begin. We reserve the right to receive further application after the deadline and make decisions on those applications in July/August subject to places being available.


MSc in Dental Science for Clinical Practice is available to study full-time for one year. Attendance at all didactic, observational and practical sessions is compulsory.


Undertaking a postgraduate programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching, independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course director for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Research Methods
  • Applied Principles of Clinical Dentistry
  • Dental Clinical Skills
  • Dental Manikin Practical Skills
  • Professionalism: Management and Leadership
  • Dental Science Clinical Audit Project.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge.

You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

The syllabus is taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials and symposia. Communication and IT skills are developed through journal club reports and presentations on dental and clinical governance topics. You will be tutored in Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) and Structured Clinical Reasoning (SCR) exams using the facilities in the newly equipped state-of-the-art dental skills laboratory.


You will prepare and continuously update a Professional Development Portfolio for gathering evidence on lectures, tutorials, clinics, self-study and self-reflection sessions.

You will be continuously assessed through written multiple-choice papers in single-best answer (SBA) and extended matching questions (EMQ) format. Your final examination will include two written papers, an OSCE and SCR exam as well as an evidence based clinical case report, a dissertation and presentation on your clinical audit project.


Students will also be assessed on a 15,000-word literature review and clinical audit project.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £23,750

Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £34,860

Part-time study is not available for this course

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Visit the MSc Dental Science for Clinical Practice page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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