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MSc Translational Research in Oral Sciences

Key facts

Start date September 2018

Duration/mode 12 months full time

UK/EU fees £12,000 (total)

International fees £21,500 (total)

Entry requirements

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in all components


This new and innovative course builds upon the integrated nature of the School of Dentistry’s clinical and basic science divisions and aims to prepare future researchers from scientific or clinical backgrounds for research careers based in addressing oral health needs. You’ll gain a thorough background in oral sciences; the investigative, cutting edge technologies that enable oral scientific discovery alongside necessary training in research governance and rigour. All areas of translational research pathways will be addressed, including aspects of commercialisation which will be taught through the Leeds University Business School (LUBS). Disease focused modules provide opportunities for in-depth exploration with research experts in the fields of Cancer, Musculoskeletal and Oral and systemic disease links.

Our teaching staff includes world leading experts with track records in translating research discoveries into novel healthcare products and practices. Student integration within the wider Dental School will be facilitated by undertaking recently updated modules shared with students from other MSc programmes.

Aimed at dental and biosciences graduates, the course will facilitate a career path focussed on oral research and its translation into positive impacts on health.

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Course content

The programme will:

  • provide structured individualised learning and training in a research environment of international excellence.
  • be delivered by academics at the forefront of knowledge generation ranging from molecular discovery to translational application
  • engage students in research projects using the latest technologies that generate results with scientific impact and potential for improving patient health
  • equip students for the full process of translational oral research, which will be relevant for a range of biomedical scientific careers, providing the skills and insight to excel in multidisciplinary research.

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 Translational Research in Oral Sciences MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Teaching will be split between the Dental school on the main campus and the Wellcome Trust Brenner Building (WTBB) at the St James’s University Hospital. The WTBB is a modern purpose built research facility, housing cutting edge facilities in imaging, tissue and microbiological culture and next generation sequencing technologies. On the main campus students can benefit from all the expertise, facilities (such as the Leeds Dental Translational and Clinical Research Unit) and support provided by the Dental school.

Our course emphasises student directed and multidisciplinary learning. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and workshops. These will be complemented by e-learning delivered by research active scientists and clinicians with additional input from industrial partners and Leeds University Business School (LUBS) academics.


Summative assessment will provide you with on-going feedback on your depth of subject knowledge and skills. Assessment methods for formative and summative assessment will include oral and poster presentations, unseen examinations and literature reviews. Exercises to identify research questions formulate research plans and prepare mock applications for funding and ethical/ governance approvals will also contribute to assessment.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A recognised undergraduate degree in Life Sciences (BSc Hons minimum 2:2 or equivalent) OR Dentistry (BChD or BDS equivalent).

IELTS: 7.0 overall with not less than 6.5 in every skill.

English language requirements

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

How to apply

For September 2018 entry, please submit your application by 30th July 2018.
Late applications may be considered on an adhoc basis.


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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: £12,000 (total)
International fees: £21,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

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

You will gain insight into all stages of translational research, preparing you for a career working across multi-disciplinary teams within research and innovation management. The course aims to enhance your career prospects of securing PhD studentship positions, whether that be in pre-clinical or clinical research.

The innovation management in practice module enables you to learn about the commercial aspects of translational research. It may be that you want to go into the oral healthcare industry, so knowledge of business skills will be a useful transferable skill.

You may want to go into academic teaching positions within your own country; this MSc will provide the knowledge required to teach oral biology at undergraduate level.

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