Dental Materials Science MSc/Diploma/Certificate

There are very few aspects of dentistry that do not rely on materials, and the science of dental materials is arguably the most important subject that a dental practitioner, allied teacher or researcher should learn.

This programme provides a foundation in key materials science principles and training skills for successful research and publication, towards the development of the next generation of materials and processes.

*please note: this programme is subject to final aproval

The one-year full time (and two-year part-time) Masters programme welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds from clinical practitioners and dental technicians who are required to teach the subject, to those pursuing a career in a related research field, whether having a clinical or non-clinical undergraduate education, and whether from the UK or abroad.

The programme:

  • will provide mechanical, physical and chemical properties of materials as structured systems, including bulk and surface properties at the molecular, micro-, and macroscopic level and interaction of materials with the biological environment.
  • will help you develop a critical understanding of factors that determine the successful clinical application of dental materials and contribute to state-of-the-art and emerging dental material technologies, including digital dentistry and manufacturing and the future of dental materials and related tools.
  • is focused on a research-led educational programme where theoretical concepts of materials science delivered by a range of teaching methods are reinforced by gaining insight and deeper understanding within a laboratory setting. 
  • is based on practical exploration of concepts, generating ideas and assembling and testing explanations, ultimately providing a strong foundation for the final 12-week research project and developing career research skills beyond.
  • is based on the format and delivery of existing and successful MSc programmes in Dental Materials Science established by Professor Brian Darvell (University of Hong Kong, University of Kuwait, and now University of Birmingham) and is led by Professor William Palin (University of Birmingham).

Why study this course

  • A research-led educational programme providing substantive research training using state-of-the-art equipment
  • Delivered by world-leading experts in the field
  • A new purpose-built, integrated Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry (the first to be built in the UK for almost 40 years) designed to offer world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment for over 600 students and trainees
  • A coherent and focused materials science programme for dentistry
  • Based on insight and exploration using a variety of teaching methods and problembased learning skills

Modules

All 20 credits, unless otherwise stated:

  • Foundation in Materials Science
  • Applied Polymer Science
  • Ceramic and Cement Systems
  • Metals and Metal Alloys
  • Biological Interactions of Dental Materials
  • Emerging Materials and Related Technologies
  • Final Research Project – 60 credits

For each core module, a practical component will provide students with full training on a wide range of state-of-the-art research equipment fostering robust critical analysis and techniques for scientific research. Each of the six, 20-credit and one, 60-credit modules will run separately and consecutively to allow for part-time study, and also to provide logical progression and development of interrelated concepts and research skills.

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Fees and funding

Fees

2018/19
Home/EU
£9,000

Overseas
£19,170 

Self-funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

Learn more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

You can apply for a government loan of up to £10,280 per student for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student. Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the MSc[DMS], PgDip[DMS], PgCert[DMS], and in addition to the general requirements set by the University, you will:

  • hold the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery;

or

  • hold a degree or other relevant qualification for this purpose, e.g. BSc or diplomas in the physical or biomedical subject fields, dental technology

and

  • if required, satisfy examiners by means of a qualifying examination

International Students - English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 6 to 42 weeksThe length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

How to apply

Please note that this programme is subject to final approval.  If you have any queries about the programme or would like to be informed when it is open for application please contact Professor William Palin at w.m.palin@bham.ac.uk 

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

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