MSc Dental Materials Science

School of Clinical Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Dental professionals from all over the world come to Sheffield for postgraduate courses that enhance their careers.

We offer clinical and non-clinical courses that will further your career and develop your interests.

All our courses are based on internationally-recognised research. All our course leaders are registered specialists in their disciplines.

We have facilities for treatment under sedation, a dental radiography department, oral pathology laboratories and a hospital dental production laboratory.

About the course

Almost every adult in the developed world benefits from dental materials. The pace of innovation in this field is extremely rapid, especially where technologies such as tissue engineering are involved.

This non-clinical course, run jointly with the Faculty of Engineering, gives you a comprehensive education in basic materials science and the use of materials in dentistry and surgery.

You'll be taught by some of the leading academics in the fields of bio and dental materials science, tissue engineering, materials characterisation and biomedical engineering.

You will also learn the principles of research and different techniques for evaluating dental materials and related health technologies.

You're assessed on essays, presentations, an exam and a research dissertation.

Core modules

  • Current Concepts in Dentistry
  • Dental Materials Science
  • Selecting Dental Materials for Clinical Applications
  • Science Writing and Health Informatics
  • Biomaterials II
  • Polymer Materials Chemistry
  • Structural and Physical Properties of Dental and Biomaterials
  • Dissertation


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Personal academic study
  • Self-directed learning
  • Research project


  • Assignments/coursework
  • Exam
  • Research project dissertation

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Archana Singh, postgraduate in the School of Clinical Dentistry

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a dental or medical degree, or a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in science or engineering from an approved institution. Other degree-level qualifications may be suitable so please contact us for advice.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Dental professionals choose Sheffield because of our reputation for excellence. Many of our graduates go on to specialist dental practice, hospital practice or academic posts.

This course is particularly useful for for academic staff involved in the teaching of dental materials science, for clinicians seeking a greater understanding of the materials they use, or for scientists involved in the development of materials for clinical applications. Elements of the course will also be of great value for students preparing to undertake a PhD.


We're connected to Sheffield's Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, part of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We also have new modern research facilities and laboratories for tissue culture, molecular biology, materials science and histology-microscopy. All laboratories have dedicated technical support and academic expertise to guide you.

You'll also have access to a wide range of facilities in our Faculty of Engineering.

World-leading dental school

Our internationally recognised oral and dental research is organised into two overarching themes: ‘clinical and person centred’ and ‘basic and applied’. These themes are supported by three interdisciplinary research groups: Bioengineering and Health Technologies, Integrated Bioscience, and Person Centred and Population Oral Health.

We believe that dental science should not be constrained by the traditional boundaries created by specific clinical disciplines and that progress derives from a multidisciplinary approach. Our research supports our teaching, enabling a blended approach to learning.

Your course will make the most of virtual learning environments and advanced practical sessions, as well as traditional lectures and seminars.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 271 7884