Dental Materials

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


Materials are at the forefront of new technologies in medicine and dentistry, both in preventative and restorative treatment. This programme features joint teaching within the School of Engineering and Materials Science and the Institute of Dentistry, bringing together expertise in the two schools to offer you a fresh perspective on opportunities that are available in the field. This is an advanced programme designed to develop a broad knowledge of the principles underlying the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of dental materials.

This programme will:

  • Equip you with a deep understanding of the field of dental materials and the knowledge necessary to participate in research, or product development.
  • Place special emphasis on materials-structure correlations in the context of both clinical and non-clinical applications.
  • Provide an introduction to materials science, focusing on the major classes of materials used in dentistry including polymers, metals, ceramics and composites.
  • Provide up-to-date information on dental materials currently used in clinical dentistry. It covers the underlying principles of their functional properties, bioactivity and biocompatibility, and also covers specific dental materials applications such as drug delivery, tissue engineering and regulatory affairs.

Dental Materials is taught jointly by staff from the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD), and School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS).

This degree is aimed at dental surgeons, dental technicians, materials scientists and engineers wishing to work in the dental support industries, and the materials health sector generally. On completion of the course you should have a good knowledge of topics related to dental materials, and in addition, be competent in justifying selection criteria and manipulation instructions for all classes of materials relevant to the practice of dentistry.

  • There has been a general move away from destructive techniques and interventions towards less damaging cures and preventative techniques. This programme will update your knowledge of exciting new technologies and their applications.
  • The programme is taught by experts in the field of dentistry and materials; they work closely together on the latest developments in dental materials.
  • Innovations in medical practice, drug development and diagnostic tools are often tested in the mouth due to simpler regulatory pathways in dentistry.
  • The programme allows practitioners the opportunity to update their knowledge in the latest developments in dental materials.
  • The School is proud to have the programme accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).


The MSc in Dental Materials includes 8 taught modules (15 credits each), as shown on the structure below. You can follow the links for details for each module, and also visit the SEMS website for information on projects and facilities.

Starting in Semester A the programme also includes a research project (60 credits), which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.

Please note the modules are correct at the time of reading; however we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Core modules

  • Research Methods and Experimental Techniques in Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces in Dental Materials
  • Science of Biocompatibility
  • Ethics and Regulatory Affairs
  • Properties of Dental Material I
  • Properties of Dental Materials/Processing Methods II
  • Introduction to Oral Biology
  • Biomineralisation and Biominimetics
  • Materials Research Project.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1 honours or equivalent) in Materials, Dentistry, a related Engineering discipline or equivalent.

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

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 page.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the School of Engineering and Materials Science for assistance.

Learning and teaching

As a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, and a variety of coursework.
The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.
Research Project
A major part of the MSc is your research project: an individual research project based around the in the current internationally-recognised research taking place in SEMS. This project will be based in the labs and gives you the opportunity to apply the theory you will have learnt in the taught modules while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS.

Students are currently researching a range of topics for their projects including:

  • Bioactivity of dental bioglass on dental surfaces
  • Hydration of two different commercial glass ionomer cements and their association with its mechanical properties
  • Mechanical properties investigations of a new Silorane-based resin matrix restorative material.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £10,900
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £22,750
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



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