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MSc Dental Public Health

Key facts

Start date September 2018

Duration/mode 12 months full time

UK/EU fees £9,250 (total)

International fees £21,500 (total)

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related subject or medical or dental degree.

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

This course has an optional work placement


The MSc in Clinical Dentistry (Dental Public Health) offers you the opportunity to enhance professional, clinical and academic knowledge alongside others from multi-disciplinary backgrounds around the world.

The programme can equip you with the understanding and skills to manage the competing demands, resource implications and expectations inherent in providing a 21st century public dental service. It will suit dental professionals or public health professionals who want to grow their knowledge, skills and commitment to develop equitable and fair dental health services. It includes tutors from outside the university environment and with specialist knowledge and experience in oral health protection and the management of dental services locally.

The School has some of the most up-to-date facilities in the country and an excellent health sciences library. The dental hospital provides outstanding facilities for education and patient care.

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Course content

This programme combines a research project with taught modules. The taught modules fall into two categories:

  • Core Research Skill Theory - Introduction to Research Methodology and Ethics, Core Epidemiology, Statistical Methods and Transferable Skills 1
  • Dental Public Health and Theoretical Basis of Public Health - Principles of Dental Public Health, Foundations of International Health, Principles of Public Health and Health Promotion.

The research dissertation you work on over both semesters allows you to develop practical research skills.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information on typical modules, read Dental Public Health MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The programme is delivered as a series of modules, containing a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals, complemented by e-learning.

The learning on the programme enables you to:

  • critically analyse and debate the theories and issues related to dental public health and effectively communicate these ideas
  • talk knowledgeably and construct arguments around the social, political and economic factors determining the health of populations
  • analyse and synthesise evidence based research and its application to the practice of dental public health
  • develop and evaluate appropriate oral health protection and promotion initiatives at the population level
  • develop and apply research methodology by conducting a specified programme of research under one-to-one supervision.


You’ll be assessed through a combination of in-course assessments, end of module written examination and an oral examination on your research dissertation.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with 2:2 (hons) in a related subject or medical or dental degree. New graduates with limited or no work experience in a health-related area would be expected to have a 2.1 or above.


Professional qualification with 3-5 years' work experience

We welcome applications from graduates with a medical or dental degree.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Dentistry Taught Postgraduate admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

Application deadlines

For September 2017 entry, please submit your application by 30 April 2017.


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: £9,250 (total)
International fees: £21,500 (total)


You must pay a £1,500 deposit when you accept your offer to secure your place on the programme.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

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Career opportunities

There are dental public health opportunities at all levels of health service planning, government offices and health departments, health agencies and in academia.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Placement opportunities

Clinical placements

Clinical placements may be possible with oral health promotion teams locally.

We will arrange visits relevant to Dental Public Health as part of the course, such as to a local water fluoridation plant.

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