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Oral Biology (Intercalated)

B980 BSC (Intercal) 1 years


The intercalated Batchelor of Science, Oral Biology (BSc) is a course designed for dental and medical students who have completed the third or fourth year of their dental or medical education. The BSc will allow students to get first hand experience of conducting a research project and provide the opportunity to study the subject in greater depth than is possible in the BDS or MBBS courses.

Admissions and programme enquiries

Ahmad Waseem, PhD – Reader in Oral Biology

Email: a.waseem@qmul.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7882 2387

Blizard Institute
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
4 Newark Street
E1 2AT


The course will consist of five modules. Modules M1-M3 will be taught, module M4 will be laboratory-based practicals and module M5 will be a research project. Attendance will be required at every module. Modules M1-M4 will be worth 15 credits each and module 5 will be worth 60 credits.

Specifically this programme will enable students:

  • To acquire an in-depth knowledge of cell biology with special reference to work both this Institution and worldwide.
  • To interpret the principles of biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology as applied to the oral cavity of man and other mammals.
  • Students will also be strongly encouraged to develop an interest in and critical appraisal of, current research practices in these subjects.
  • To evaluate the structure and functions of the hard tissues found in the oral cavity of man and other mammals. Students will also gain knowledge of the clinical applications of biomaterials that are currently being investigated and those currently undergoing clinical trials.
  • To develop knowledge of the practical, analytical and computing skills necessary to carry out a research project.
  • To experience first-hand the process of a hypothesis driven research investigation in oral biology under the supervision of a staff member and to acquire the skills necessary for the interpretation and reporting of research data derived from such investigations.

Entry requirements

The programme will be open to post 3rd/4th year Medical, dental and veterinary medicine students (or equivalent undergraduate award in UK/EU) countries who have passed all years to date. It is not open to those who have previously undertaken an intercalated a degree. Students must have passed their current year in order to take up an offer of a place on an intercalated programme.

Learning and teaching

Different modules will be delivered using different methods, depending on the subject and learning outcomes. Modules M1-M3 will be delivered by lectures and independent study. The Research Skills module M4 will involve students working in groups and learning research methodologies and analysing research data. They will also learn a series of computing skills including preparation of PowerPoint slides and making a presentation to an audience. In Module M5 students will be conducting a research project under the supervision of a SMD staff member. Every student will chose a research topic along with an assigned supervisor from a list provided to them by the course organiser. The students will spend 3-4 months working on their chosen projects and, at the end, submit a dissertation describing their research findings.

Each of modules M1-M3 will be examined by a written paper and a library based essay (3,000 words). Module M4 will be assessed using a written portfolio of practicals and a library based essay (3,000 words).

Module M5 will examined by:

  • Dissertation of 60-80 pages in length
  • An oral presentation lasting 15-20 minutes in front of an audience
  • A4 size poster presentation
  • Evaluation of students’ performance during their stay in the laboratory
  • Viva voce examination with an external and internal examiners.

We also offer workshops on how to write a dissertation, how to design a poster, how to prepare oral presentations, and essay writing. These sessions prepare the students for the different form of assessments, but more importantly practice science writing and communication skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

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:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

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