Dental Science for Clinical Practice

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )



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 2020.  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 for your MSc in Dental Science for Clinical Practice 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 dentistry, prosthetic and conservative dentistry.

You will have the opportunity to attend Continuing Development Courses of the London Deanery, Royal Society of Medicine (Odontology Section) as well as internal Departmental and Dental and Blizard Institute seminars.

You will prepare a professional development portfolio based on evidence gathered from lectures, tutorials, clinics, self-study and self-reflection sessions.



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

Postgraduate Dental students will have access to the Dental Clinical Skills Laboratory based in the Garrod building at the Whitechapel Site.


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.


Dr Eleni Hagi-Pavli
PGT Academic Selector and Course Lead


Nina Booty
Senior Student Support Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 8930


Entry requirements

Applicants need to have a recognised UK dental degree.  Overseas degrees in Dentistry will be considered provided they are equivalent to UK 2.1 degree.  Applicants also should have 12 months of post-qualification experience.

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.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

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.

Other international qualifications may be acceptable, please contact the Admissions Office for clarification.

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 30th June 2019. 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.

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.

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.


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

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £24,950
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £34,950
Part-time study is not available for this course


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 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

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



Asas Shoydab

Country of origin: Syria

MSc Dental Science for Clinical Practice student (2018)

I applied to Barts to gain dentistry experience and to improve my qualifications. The MSc will help me to continue working as a dentist here in the UK and prepare me for the ORE. I enjoy most the new experiences and keeping myself up to date with the latest techniques and practices."

Peiman Yazani

MSc Dental Science for Clinical Practice student (2018)

Country of origin: Iran

I applied to Barts because it’s one of the top universities in the UK! I especially enjoy the fact that we get experience and lessons in all aspects of dentistry which have improved my clinical skills immensely. It’s important for me to learn the best practice in clinical dentistry.

Shakir Ali Khan

MSc Dental Science for Clinical Practice student (2018)

Country of origin: Pakistan

I applied to Barts to bring myself up to the level of a UK qualified dentist practitioner. The school is one of the top ranked schools in the country and my skill set has improved significantly. The course gives an overview of almost every aspect of the dental subjects and procedures. I really enjoy working on the manikins!


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