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MSc Dental Materials

Key facts

Start date September 2019

Duration/mode 12 months full time

UK/EU fees £12,250 (total)

International fees £22,750 (total)

Additional cost information

Entry requirements

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in every skill


Dental materials are evolving rapidly to keep pace with the huge changes appearing in digital workflows across much of dentistry. This course fill this gap by providing you with a deep understanding of modern dental materials with a focus on those used in additive and subtractive manufacturing.

Dental materials is a full-time course and is open to Home/EU and international candidates.

It will help you understand what questions should be asked of materials when deciding whether to adopt new digital workflows. You will also undertake a substantial research project facilitated by access to the School’s extensive research facilities, which will allow you to explore in depth an area of particular interest.

Topics you'll cover include: modern dental materials, 3D scanning and milling, CAD/CAM, SEM, mechanical testing, 3D printing, and more.

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Course content

When studing dental materials, you'll be required to complete a total of 180 credits in order to complete the course. These credits are gained by successfully completing the taught component of the course (90 credits) and the research project (90 credits). Your modules include*:

  • research methodology and ethics and statistics (30 credits)
  • innovation management in practice (15 credits)
  • dental materials (20 credits)
  • additive and subtractive cad manufacturing in the digital workflow (10 credits)
  • assessing composition-structure relationships (10 credit)
  • biomaterials for regenerative dentistry (10 credits)
  • research project (90 credits)

Early modules deepen your understanding of the philosophy of research, ethics and ethical approval, good practice in research and research methodology. You'll also gain understanding of contemporary dental materials, also some core aspects of digital data and its uses. This will prepare you to undertake your own individual research project in materials.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Learning and teaching

The masters is delivered through a combination of intensive block teaching at the University of Leeds (consisting of seminars, group work and practical work), and self-directed reading.

For the research project you will be allocated an experienced personal mentor from our academic staff. You will also have access to a software developer to help with any novel ideas that you may wish to employ or evaluate in your research.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the course. These include:

  • evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within digital dentistry
  • demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to this specialist area
  • drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study
  • evaluating and criticising received opinion
  • making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitation on judgements made in the absence of complete data

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold either a:

  • Primary Clinical Dental qualification which entitles them to register as a dental practitioner with the General Dental Council in the UK (or)
  • Bachelors degree (minimum 2.2 or equivalent) in a subject related to medicine or 3D visualisation

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in every skill. 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

For September 2019 entry, please submit your application by 30 April 2019.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact our admissions team.


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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: £12,250 (total)
International fees: £22,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

For information on fees please contact our admissions team.

Additional cost information

Students who don't complete their research project by 30 September of the academic session following their enrolment will be required to transfer onto a second year variant of the course and pay further fees. Alternatively, students may choose to graduate with a Post Graduate Certificate (FHEQ Level 7) if they have successfully completed at least 60 credits.

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

This unique course will help you develop an understanding in advanced level research within the field of dental materials. These higher level skills will be invaluable in the assessment of new and developing materials within the every-changing field of dentistry. The course will provide you with the skills which are needed by high level practitioners to become leaders in their profession.

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.

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