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Oral Biology (MSc)

Oral and Dental disease is a world-wide problem, often leading to loss of quality of life. This course offers in depth knowledge of Oral Biology, including disease mechanisms, understanding of the complex interplay between host and microorganisms driving pathology, as well as current approaches to tissue repair and regeneration. Dental, basic science or applied Science graduates with the desire to become future leaders in teaching or research in dental schools are ideally suited for this programme.

This 12-month full-time MSc course explores the interdisciplinary field of oral biology, for those from either a scientific or clinical background. It provides the opportunity to develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights around the subject.

The course involves four taught core modules and a five-month laboratory research project leading to a dissertation. It encompasses a wide breadth of biomedical research that is also applicable to clinical dentistry and medicine, derived from the research strengths available within the School of Dentistry. The course has a strong research focus in the taught element, as well as the laboratory research projects, and it is envisaged as an entry for postgraduate research.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of this course include:

  • This is a hybrid course, which provides taught components and a laboratory-based research project.
  • The taught part of the course has a strong focus on research methodology and modern experimental design/approaches, as well as the relevant Oral Biology background, thus laying a good foundation for the research project.
  • Students will develop laboratory research skills.
  • Training is provided to enable students to use research equipment independently.

Key facts

Next intake September 2017
Duration 1 year
Qualification MSc
Mode Full-time
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

This course is suitable for biologists, biochemists, biomedical engineers, dentists, physicians, chemists or pharmacists.

Applicants should possess a minimum second class honours degree (or equivalent), preferably higher, in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical engineering or clinical dental (BDS, MBBS, BSc Therapy and Hygiene) or medical backgrounds. Applicants with a Chemistry or Pharmacy background will also be considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than a score of 5.5 in each of the four bands) or an equivalent qualification – this test should have been taken within 2 years of commencement of study. Applicants are required to have achieved the IELTS prior to an application being submitted.

Applications can be submitted through the University’s Online Application System.

Applicants should also upload a CV which details all relevant qualifications achieved and pending, and two academic references.

Applicants will be interviewed as part of the admissions process. Interviews will be performed on a rolling basis using Skype.

Decisions will be made on a continuous basis throughout the year.

Application deadline: 30 June each year

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