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Oral Medicine - MSc

Course Description

This full-time, one-year Master’s programme includes the diagnosis and medical treatment of, and research into, conditions of the mouth, face, salivary glands and jaws.

Degree information

The programme’s students gain an understanding of aetiopathogenesis, clinical features, investigation and management of disorders of the oral mucosa and salivary glands, non-neoplastic disease of the jawbones and disorders of sensation of the mouth, and develop skills in investigating and managing such diseases.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Principles of Therapeutics and Treatment Core Course (Oral Medicine)
-Clinical Care Core Course (Oral Medicine)
-Advanced Clinical Care in Oral Medicine
-Principles and Practice in Oral Medicine
-Clinical Science and Research Methods

Each student undertakes an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, clinical teaching on a one-to-one basis, seminar teaching, lectures, journals club, case discussion, self-directed learning and problem-based learning.


After completion of the programme, graduates have typically followed five potential pathways:
-Academic/hospital positions in oral medicine in countries where no further academic or clinical training is required
-PhD programmes (typically in the UK, but also in the EU and overseas)
-NHS clinical training positions, either foundation training or specialist training (in the UK)
-NHS posts e.g. speciality doctor/dentist in the UK
-Positions in dental practices in the UK, EU and overseas.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Associate Dentist, National Dental Practice
-Senior Health Officer, Eastman Dental Hospital (NHS)
-Senior Registrar, Margalla College of Dentistry
-Dental Consultant, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

The institute has an internationally renowned oral medicine unit with staff who are highly active in teaching and research, and the associated Eastman Dental Hospital has a strong patient base that ensures exposure to a wide range of oral medicine conditions. The programme ensures that students lay the groundwork towards an academic and/or hospital career in oral medicine in the UK or abroad.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme’s students benefit from the opportunity to become closely involved in the clinical care of patients, taking full part in the processes of examination, diagnosis, assessment, investigations and the prevention and management of disease. They will also be exposed to the research activities of the unit and gain significant experience in translational research design and delivery.

Visit the Oral Medicine - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Sandra Goncalves

"I applied to UCL because the Eastman Dental Institute offers the best training in oral medicine, is well known with an excellent reputation and highly respected staff."

"Studying oral medicine at the Eastman Dental Institute was unique opportunity for me to gain a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and clinical aspects of oral medicine. The challenge of providing high-quality care for patients with complex medical conditions and diagnostic challenges provides a high level of job satisfaction."


Entry Requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification

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