Oral Biology

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


Dental disease is the most common disease in the UK and many developed countries. This disease can be caused by small daily problems, but often leads to long-term suffering and loss of quality of life. This programme is the only MSc in Oral Biology in the UK. It is designed for dental and basic or applied science graduates who may in future be responsible for the teaching of related subjects, or who need a greater understanding of the subject in order to develop their future academic or research careers.

Oral biology is a growing area of commercial research within the pharmacological industry, making graduates of this programme attractive to employers. This programme focuses on the latest scientific developments related to oral biology and health, covering basic science in a clinical context.

This programme will:

  • Focus on the latest scientific development related to the mouth and oral biology and health, it offers basic science in a clinical context
  • Give you hands-on clinical explanations of the major scientific developments relating to both preventative medicine techniques to avoid disease, and commercial research into products
  • Explore the latest developments in therapeutic dentistry; for example, the work being done into the oral delivery of drugs.

The application deadline is 2nd September 2019.

Why study your MSc in Oral biology 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.


  • This programme is the only clinical based oral biology course available in the UK.
  • You will also learn about nano-dentistry developments and dental materials.
  • Oral biology is a specific discipline in its own right now, but you will also learn about nano-dentistry developments and dental materials.
  • The programme covers dental anatomy, oral physiology, and dental biophysics, as well as basic biochemistry in relation to dentistry, chemistry of bone and tooth biominerals and components, etiology of dental caries and erosion, saliva biochemistry, oral microbiology, dental materials science, modern 2D and 3D x-ray imaging.
  • There are increasing problems with Xeristomia (dry mouth) in the Western world, possibly caused by side effects of drug treatments, so this programme allows you to research drugs which will have the least side effects.


The Learning Resource centre has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock, there are dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

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


MSc Oral biology is currently available for one year full-time study.


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.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Research Methods
  • Introduction to Oral Biology
  • Dental Hard Tissues and the Microenvironment
  • Oral Microbiology
  • Use and Investigation of Dental Tissues
  • Biomineralisation and Biomimetics
  • Minimally Invasive Dentistry
  • Properties of Dental Materials.

In addition to these basic science lectures, there will also be lectures from practising clinicians on current issues in modern clinical dentistry.

You will also complete a laboratory based project, which will be partly assessed by an oral examination.


For Admission enquiries, please contact Postgraduate Admissions.

The Admissions Office

+44 (0)20 7882 5533

For Programme content and Academic School enquiries, please contact the Institute of Dentistry below:

Professor Paul Anderson
PGT Academic Selector and
Professor of Oral Biology
Email: p.anderson@qmul.ac.uk

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


Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 UK degree or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject.  Degree disciplines such as Medicine, Dentistry, Chemistry, Biology or related subjects in the Sciences will be considered.

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. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential and non-native English speakers are required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a writing score of 6.0 at the start of the course.

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. Queen Mary's Summer Pre-Sessional programmes.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.

Applications are processed upon receipt. The application deadline is 2nd September 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 an Institute of Dentistry postgraduate student you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures small group seminars and clinical sessions. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.


Methods of assessment include coursework and formal examinations. Many modules will include continuous assessment. The MSc research project will be conducted under close supervision during the summer term and is evaluated by thesis, presentation and viva examination.


You will also independently research and write a dissertation of 10,000-words.

Students are currently researching a range of topics for their dissertations including saliva research and hydroxy apatite chemistry.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £12,700
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £20,390
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
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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