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Experimental Oral Pathology (Oral Sciences)

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )

Overview

Dental disease is the most common disease in the UK and many developed countries, this coupled with the increasing levels of oral cancer worldwide have led the World Health Organization to prioritise oral health.

This course introduces you to the principles of experimental pathology applied to oral disease. It is provides a grounding in experimental method for dental graduates who plan to follow either a career in academic dentistry or one of the clinical specialities.

We offer you a fundamental training in the principles of laboratory research methods and the range of techniques used to study the behaviour of oral tissues in health and disease.

The course is aimed at dental or biomedical graduates wishing to extend their knowledge of oral pathology and especially those wishing to embark on a career in academic research either as full-time researchers or clinical academics. The course can act as a stepping stone to PhD studentships.

This programme will:

  • Equip you with transferable laboratory skills, in addition to those gained as part of the research project
  • Teach you how to write papers and present them to your peers, and for publication
  • Allow you to spend time as an integrated part of a specific research project/team. This is a completely hands on experience of a real research question
  • Introduce you to experimental design and research.

The application deadline is 31st August 2017. 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.

Why study your MSc in Experimental Oral Pathology (Oral Sciences) at Queen Mary?

The School of Medicine and Dentistry has an unrivalled tradition of excellence in research and teaching extending as far back as 1123 with the founding of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The London Hospital Medical College was the first Medical School in England, founded in 1785, and our Dental School was established well over a century ago. We are ranked 3rd in the UK for Dentistry (Guardian University Guide 2017) and our research is ranked among the best in the UK according to the most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF 2014).


In April 2014, QMUL’s new Dental School opened its doors to patients and students - the first new dental school in the UK to be built in 40 years. The £78m new school houses the most modern dental facilities in the UK, following more than a decade of planning and work. The new premises provide cutting-edge technology, superb education and research facilities for clinical dentistry and a vastly improved patient experience.


Students’ postgraduate learning experience is enhanced by our fantastic location in the east of London. Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live and work but we also serve a diverse local community, where students develop their clinical skills and knowledge. Moreover, the Dental School offers students many exciting opportunities to develop an understanding of health and the treatment of disease in a global and international context.


The Institute of Dentistry is a special place to undertake postgraduate studies, bringing together a number of world-leading researchers in basic and clinical sciences who supervise research students in the fields of oral medicine, oral pathology, oral microbiology, oral epidemiology, oncology, dental biomaterials, dental biophysics, dental public health, dental education, periodontology, orthodontics, paediatric, prosthetic and conservative dentistry.

 

Facilities

You will have access to a range of facilities including: medical and dental libraries located at the Royal London and at Bart's hospitals, as well as the Mile End library.

Postgraduate Dental students have access to a Dental Metrology Unit equipped with facial laser scan and facial image analysis.

You will have access to laboratories and equipment, including those at the Blizard Institute with its world class facilities, to carry out state-of-the-art biomedical research, including:

  • Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratories; five dedicated cell culture laboratories, a molecular biology facility and general purpose laboratories
  • Con-focal microscopy unit, incorporating two con-focal microscopes, enabling advanced 3D imaging of living cells.

Structure

MSc in Experimental Oral Pathology (Oral Sciences) is currently available to study full-time for one year.

Your programme will be modular, focused on acquiring laboratory skills and knowledge. The taught modules provide the basic understanding to help with the research component. There is a structured course of seminars with associated practical work, dealing with the structure and behaviour of cells and tissues in health and disease. This core begins with fundamental and general concepts of cell biology and continues with the application of these concepts to a consideration of oral and dental disease. Related disciplines such as oral microbiology and immunology are also covered.

Throughout the programme, emphasis is placed on the evidence upon which the concepts are based and the way in which such evidence is obtained by observation and experiment. You are actively encouraged to take part in the seminars.

Running in parallel with the core programme are several related series of seminars dealing with research methods, statistics and techniques of fundamental importance to experimental pathology such as tissue culture, molecular biological techniques, immunocytochemistry, light and electron microscopy. You will undertake a laboratory-based research project in the final module of the programme, exploring any aspect of oral disease.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters 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 convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

In addition to your studies, you have a chance to interact with external specialists, through an extensive seminar series held within the Institute of Dentistry, the Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Sciences and Queen Mary as a whole. You will attend the annual Stem Cell conference as well as an HIV symposium hosted by the Blizard Institute.

Core modules

  • Molecular Organisation of the Eukaryotic Cell
  • Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • The Biology of Oral Tissues
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Inflammation and Immunology – General and Oral
  • Oral Pathology and Microbiology
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Fundamentals of Research Methods
  • Research Project.

Contact

Dr Alan Cruchley


PGT Academic Selector
Email: a.t.cruchley@qmul.ac.uk

 

Dr Angray S Kang

Lead for SSC & Dental Electives,Fellow HEA

Tel:  +44(0)207 882 7158

Fax: +44(0)207 882 7137

For more information, please contact:


Ms. Patricia Devlin
PGT Dental Programme Student Support Manager
Tel: 020 7882 8930
Email: p.devlin@qmul.ac.uk

Entry requirements

You need to have a degree in dentistry or medicine, or a good BSc honours in a biological science subject.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential and non-native English speakers are required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a writing score of 6.5.

Please note that in order for your application to be considered you must have obtained a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 at the point of submission of your application.

For full details of our English language requirements, including a list of alternate acceptable tests, please refer to the webpage below.

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/international-students/englishlanguagerequirements/guidelines/index.html

If you do not meet the language requirements it might be possible for you to undertake a pre-sessional programme that will prepare you for the masters programme. 

Applications are processed upon receipt. The application deadline is 31st August in the year of entry. However, we reserve the right to receive further applications after the deadline and make decisions on those applications subject to places being available.

Learning and teaching

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

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one–to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers.

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

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

The programme is assessed by two written papers, the submission of a project report and an oral examination.

Dissertation

You will also be assessed on a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £12,250

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £19,700

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

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.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

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:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

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