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MSc Dental Materials

Course Description

Materials are at the forefront of new technologies in medicine and dentistry, both in preventative and restorative treatment. This programme features joint teaching within the School of Engineering and Materials Science and the Institute of Dentistry, bringing together expertise in the two schools to offer students a fresh perspective on opportunities that are available in the fields of dental materials.

* This programme will equip you with a deep understanding of the field of dental materials and the knowledge necessary to participate in research, or product development.
* An advanced programme designed to develop a broad knowledge of the principles underlying the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of Dental Materials.
* Special emphasis is placed on materials-structure correlations in the context of both clinical and non clinical applications.
* Provides an introduction to materials science, focusing on the major classes of materials used in dentistry including polymers, metals, ceramics and composites.
* Provides up-to-date information on dental materials currently used in Clinical Dentistry and in developments for the future It covers the underlying principles of their functional properties, bioactivity and biocompatibility, and also covers specific dental materials applications such as drug delivery, tissue engineering and regulatory affairs.

Why study with us?

Dental Materials is taught jointly by staff from the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD), and School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS).

Our school of medicine and dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We are ranked sixth in the UK for medicine (Complete University Guide 2012), and Dentistry was placed at number two in the UK in last Research Assessment Exercise (2008). Our Materials Department was the first of its kind established in the UK, and was placed at number 1 in the UK in the 2011 National Student Survey.

This degree is aimed at dental surgeons, dental technicians, materials scientists and engineers wishing to work in the dental support industries, and the materials health sector generally. On completion of the course you should have a good knowledge of topics related to dental materials, and in addition, be competent in justifying selection criteria and manipulation instructions for all classes of materials relevant to the practice of dentistry.

There has been a general move away from destructive techniques and interventions towards less damaging cures and preventative techniques. This programme will update your knowledge of exciting new technologies and their applications.

* The programme is taught by experts in the field of dentistry and materials; they work closely together on the latest developments in dental materials.
* Innovations in medical practice, drug development and diagnostic tools are often tested in the mouth due to simpler regulatory pathways in dentistry.
* The programme allows practitioners the opportunity to update their knowledge in the latest developments in dental materials.


You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including:

* Cell & Tissue Engineering Laboratories; five dedicated cell culture laboratories, a molecular biology facility and general purpose laboratorie
* Confocal microscopy unit incorporating two confocal microscopes, enabling advanced 3D imaging of living cells
* Mechanical Testing Facilities
* NanoVision Centre; our state-of-the-art microscopy unit bringing together the latest microscope techniques for structural, chemical and mechanical analysis at the nanometer scale
* Spectroscopy Lab
* Thermal Analysis Lab.

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

(Student Profile)

Zeeshan Sheikh

1009.jpg Degree: MSc in Dental Materials
Job title: Assistant Professor
Employer: Department of Dental Materials, Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine
Why Materials?
I studied Dental Materials as part of my undergraduate degree in Dental Surgery at the Baqai Medical and Dental University in Karachi, Pakistan. I enjoyed it immensely and this prompted me to pursue a postgraduate degree in the subject.

QMUL has the oldest Materials Department in the UK and is well regarded internationally.

What was your research based on?
My MSc research was “Polymeric Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR) Membranes for Periodontal Applications”. I worked in Ihtesham Rehman’s Dental Materials Group and synthesized novel Polyurethane membranes and carried out spectroscopic analyses for protein adsorption studies in relation to periodontal GTR.

What was the best part of being a student here?
The Materials Department is the friendliest and most supportive department at QMUL. The academic staff were of the highest international standard. The courses offered were not just the ones directly related to Dental Materials but the more generic ones such as ‘Materials Selection in Design’ were extremely thought provoking and enjoyable. QMUL lecturers have a knack of making the process of teaching and learning fun.

What do you do now, having graduated?
Shortly after completing my MSc I was offered a job as an Assistant Professor. Recently I was appointed the head of the Department of Dental Materials and Preclinical Dentistry at AIDM (Karachi, Pakistan) which is affiliated with the Karolinska Institute of Dentistry in Sweden.

What was the worst part of the course?
The worst part of the course was when it ended. I still cherish my memories and all the friendships I made at QMUL. It was the best year of my life.

How did your degree help you?
As I was already a practicing dental surgeon with fellowship training in endodontics and periodontics, I did not lack clinical experience. I did however lack research experience and this MSc gave me the opportunity to learn some critical research skills which are helping me greatly in my professional life.

What was the best part of the course?
My MSc project on Periodontal GTR membranes was the best part of the course. The experience of working with in the dental materials research group with Ihtesham and his PhD students on this project was invaluable.


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (minimum 2:1 honours degree or equivalent) in Materials Science, Engineering, Dentistry or a related field. Each application is individually assessed; you are recommended to write for guidance in specific cases.

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