Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership

MSc ( 2 years Part-time Online Learning )


  • How are dental policy decisions made and implemented?
  • How can you develop and evaluate public health programmes that tackle oral health problems relevant for your population and practice
  • How do you design a research study that addresses issues encountered in your own health care setting?
  • What makes an effective leader? 

If you are interested in these questions, then this programme is for you.

Dental Public Health focuses on preventing oral diseases and improving the oral health of populations. Addressing the major oral health issues and the global challenges facing dental care systems in the current political economy requires strategic planning, evidence-informed decision-making and strong public health leadership. 

The new online Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership Postgraduate Certificate aims to give students a clear understanding of the principles and practice of Dental Public Health using interactive and innovative teaching methods that cover foundational topics.

The Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership Postgraduate Diploma builds on the certificate course by including four additional modules that allow students to develop “real world” transferrable public health skills.

Students taking the Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership MSc degree will complete the seven core modules from the Postgraduate Diploma course and select one of four MSc modules to gain advanced or more specialised skills and knowledge.

MSc students will also complete a research dissertation in the second year of their programme based on their own research interests (up to 20,000 word written report).

Who is this course for?

  • Dentists and Dental Care Professionals
  • Public health practitioners and advisors
  • Health promoters
  • Health service managers
  • Anyone with an interest in public health, dental service planning and policy making

The distance-learning MSc course is equivalent to an on-campus postgraduate level 7 programme based on the UK Qualification and Credit Framework.

What do students say about the programme? Feedback from student

Why study Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership at Queen Mary?

QMUL’s new Dental School (Institute of Dentistry) opened its doors to patients and students in 2014 - 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.

The Institute of Dentistry carries out internationally recognised research in oral and dental sciences including Dental Public Health. It is the top-rated UK Dental School for quality of dental research, as assessed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. As a research-led institute, it provides a wealth of opportunities for students enrolled in the 12 postgraduate taught programmes, with a combined cohort of c500 students.

Facilities for Distance Learners

Students will have access to the University’s online learning portal, QMplus. This high quality platform enriches students’ collaborative online learning experiences by using a dynamic range of webinars, videos, interactive quizzes and Skype presentations.  All written assignments will be submitted through the portal, while poster and oral presentations will be assessed via Skype.  Students are actively encouraged to interact with teaching staff and other students in online discussion forums, join group activities and be part of the Institute’s student community.

Distance learning students will have access to the college online library facilities, journals and a specifically designed study skills module.


Dr Vanessa Muirhead
Programme Director

Nina Booty
Senior Student Support Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)207 882 8930


Postgraduate MSc in Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership

Students must pass 180 credits to be awarded a Postgraduate Master’s degree.

Core modules (15 credit modules)

  • Dental Public Health and Policy
  • Assessing Oral Health and Diseases in Populations
  • Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Prevention and Oral Health Promotion
  • Research Methods
  • Primary Dental Care
  • Health Systems Policy and Performance (from the MSc in Global Public Health online programme)

One of the four MSc module options (15 credit modules)

  • Leadership and Planning in Health and Public Services (run in collaboration with the School of Business and Management)
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Health Economics
  • Oral Health in the Global Context

Students will complete a 60 credits research dissertation which is a written report of project (20,000 words maximum).This dissertation will be a written report (20,000 words maximum) of a research project from three options:

  • A qualitative or quantitative research project using data collected in own country
  • systematic review or scoping review
  • An oral health needs assessment or public health report

MSc students can also attend an optional two-week summer placement in the Institute of Dentistry, QMUL as part of the Leadership and Planning in Health and Public Services module (non-credit bearing).

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Dental Public Health, Policy and Leadership certificate, you will need:

  • A recognised undergraduate degree at the level of 2:1 or higher or international equivalent
  • Degree disciplines such as Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Sciences, Oral Health Sciences, Public Health or Social Sciences will be considered. We acknowledge professional practice gained from a wide variety of relevant backgrounds.
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 including 6.5 in all four components or equivalent if your first language is not English
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a credible commitment to Dental Public Health

Applicants who are considered potentially eligible for the course, may be invited to take part in a telephone or VOIP (e.g. Skype) interview 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.

Learning and teaching

Independent Study

An online platform provides weekly study materials, videos and resources with interactive content to support students’ independent learning. Student discussion forums will facilitate group learning and peer feedback. Students will be expected to use their individual study time preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations. You should expect to spend, on average, approximately 10-16 hours a week on each module.


Assessment is via a range of methods including weekly quiz-style questions, written coursework, Adobe Connect oral presentations and timed examinations at a designated examination venue in your home country.



Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Part time DL £5,000

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Part time DL £9,950

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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