MMedSci Diagnostic Oral Pathology

School of Clinical Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

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

This course will equip you with a critical, systematic understanding of oral pathological conditions that require diagnosis by histopathological methods.

You'll study the laboratory methods used to prepare oral diagnostic material for histopathological examination and the research tools used to advance the practice of diagnostic oral pathology.

You'll develop a competence in the microscopical diagnosis of common and significant oral pathological lesions. You'll learn when further information or additional procedures are necessary to confirm a diagnosis.

Core modules

  • Basic Principles of Pathology
  • Basic Techniques in Histopathology
  • Research Problems and Approaches
  • Laboratory Research Methods
  • Diagnostic Oral Histopathology
  • Advanced Oral Histopathology
  • Current Concepts in Dentistry


  • Induction period
  • Observational work-shadowing
  • Supervised reporting
  • Staff and student-led seminars
  • Practical laboratory techniques
  • Lectures
  • Literature review
  • Dissertation
  • Independent directed self-study


  • Introductory multi choice assessment
  • Exams at the end of each semester consisting of written papers and a microscope-based exam
  • Assessed essays and presentations at journal clubs and seminars
  • Dissertation project

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Archana Singh, postgraduate in the School of Clinical Dentistry

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

You need a recognised dental qualification. You must have at least one year's postgraduate experience in a relevant clinical discipline.

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

We offer clinical and non-clinical courses that will further your career and develop your interests. Many of our clinical graduates go on to specialist dental practice, hospital practice or academic posts. Our established outduction programme will support you when you graduate, helping you to compete in an international job market.


You'll complete your clinical training in Sheffield's Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, part of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. There are 150 dental units with modern facilities for treatment under sedation, a well-equipped dental radiography department, oral pathology laboratories and a hospital dental production laboratory.

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

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

Any questions?

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

T: +44 (0)114 271 7884