Dental Public Health

MSc ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )


This programme has been suspended for 2019 with the launch of the new distance-learning MSc, postgraduate diploma and postgraduate certificate in Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership courses in September 2019. Please follow the links below to the new course pages.

Distance-learning Postgraduate Certificate

Distance-learning Postgraduate Diploma

Distance-learning MSc degree

Rooted in applied research and practice, the MSc in Dental Public Health has been designed to enable students to acquire a strong grounding in the theory and application of dental public health.

The course has a formal taught component delivered by unit staff and visiting public health practitioners and researchers.

In addition to delivering core content the taught modules help to improve students’ competencies in critical thinking, argumentation and presentation of complex public health problems. Students also undertake placements in public health bodies in London, giving them exposure to the world of public health decision making.

The Dental Public Health unit is active in applied research in the community and the research module builds on this by giving students the opportunity to develop research planning, delivery and analysis capabilities in these settings.

Why study your MSc in Dental Public Health 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.

Dr Vanessa Muirhead

Course Lead




The MSc in Dental Public Health is available to study full-time for one year, or part-time for two years.

The programme will include timetabled seminars, personal study and supervised research.

All of our taught modules are considered core modules. Core modules must all be taken and their assignments passed in order to gain the award.


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.


Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.

Part time students are expected to attend 2 days of teaching per week (First year Wednesday and Thursday, second year Tuesday and Wednesday).

Core modules

We have constructed a set of modules that we believe will prepare students to understand key aspects of dental public health, help them to apply this learning and be able to conduct research to help build our knowledge base.

There are 8 taught modules each bearing 15 credits. These are:

  • Principles of Dental Public Health
  • Oral Health Promotion: theory and practice
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Oral Epidemiology
  • Principles of Healthcare Planning
  • Evidence-Based Dentistry and Critical Appraisal
  • Fundamentals of Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods

All students are also required to undertake a research project, which accounts for 60 credits. Research projects are conducted within the Dental Public Health unit’s research areas.


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:

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

Entry requirements

A minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 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.  We acknowledge professional practice gained from a wide variety of relevant backgrounds.

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 overall with 6.0 in writing and speaking.

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

Applicants who are considered potentially eligible for the course, will be invited to be interviewed via telephone or VOIP (e.g. Skype) before an offer is made.

Applicants who are made an offer will be expected to confirm their attendance and pay the relevant deposit within one month or the offer will be withdrawn.

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

The Dental Public Health MSc programme includes timetabled seminars, placements, personal study and supervised research.

Seminars are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for full time students and on two of the three days for part time students.

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 be assessed on a modular basis. Our assessment procedures vary between each module and include written papers, long essays, drafting study protocols, proposing a solution to oral health needs and a critical review of a published paper using appropriate criteria.


A third of your final grade will be based on a 20,000-word research dissertation and the viva voce that follows it.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £19,700

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £22,750

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


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



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