MSc in Dental Materials Science


Study mode:

  • Full time


  • 12 months

Fees 2019/20:

  • Home EU   £12,250

  • Overseas      £22,600

Why choose Dental Materials Science at Sheffield?

Dental materials are among the most widely employed medical devices, with almost all adults in the developed world benefiting from their use. The rate of innovation in this field is significant, especially when related health technologies such as tissue engineering are included.

There is a need for clinicians and non-clinicians, along with scientists involved in materials development, to gain skills and expertise to provide them with a deep understanding of the science underpinning the use of materials in dentistry. The School of Clinical Dentistry is home to some of the world’s leading academics in the field, including Professor Paul Hatton, and by working with colleagues led by Dr Ihtesham Rehman in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering it has the full range of expertise necessary to provide a high quality programme.

Entry Requirements
  • Clinical degree or degree in science and engineering.

  • Other degree qualifications may be suitable so please contact us for advice.

  • An overall score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component. This certificate cannot be more than 2 years old from the start date of the programme.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2018/19:

  • Home EU   £11,650

  • Overseas      £21,450

Fees 2019/20:

  • Home / EU £12,250
  • Overseas £22,600

 Postgraduate Taught Tuition Fees

Additional Costs

Students are expected to meet the cost of dissertation binding (£12 per copy)


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Application Information

Please submit the following with your application:

  • Degree certificate (including translation)

  • University transcript (including translation)

  • 2 references

  • Supporting statement. This should detail why you applied for this course

  • English language certificate (as detailed in our 'Entry Requirements' tab)

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Programme Outline

The course launched in 2011 on a full time basis only, with content that includes materials science, analytical and research techniques, structure-property relationships in dental materials, biocompatibility, and the development of new dental materials or related health technologies.
The Degree of Master of Science in Dental Materials Science will be awarded after successful completion of 180 credits, to include a research project.

Aims and objectives

Overall aims

  • To provide clinical and scientific graduates with the opportunity to enhance personal academic and scientific skills as part of their career development in dental materials science.

  • To build on the student's foundation in the basic sciences to increase their understanding of the interaction of the biological environment with materials used in dentistry.

  • To introduce, reinforce and develop the principles of scientific research methodology as applied to dental materials science and related technologies used in the repair, replacement or regeneration of tissues in dentistry.

  • To provide advanced knowledge and foster critical analysis of scientific and clinical aspects of the use of materials and related technologies in dentistry, and further appreciate the benefits of continuing professional education.

Learning objectives

  • To recognise the clinical, technical and scientific rationale for the use of materials and related technologies in dentistry, the principles of scientific method and their application to the study and development of dental materials.

  • To understand how the use of materials and related technologies in dentistry is affected by medical, social, legal, and demographic factors.

  • To appreciate the drivers of change and innovation in the field of dental materials science and related technologies including tissue engineering and "regenerative dentistry".


Subjects covered include:

  • Tissue Engineering

  • Dental Technology

  • Dental materials science

  • Selecting Dental materials for clinical applications

  • Research problems and approaches

  • Polymer Materials Chemistry

  • Structural and Physical properties of Dental and Biomaterials

  • Introduction to Digital Dentistry and Dental Manufacturing

  • Research Project

Assessment methods

  • Summative and formative assessment in the form of essays and oral presentations

  • Examinations

  • Research dissertation

Teaching methods

  • Staff-led seminars

  • Student-led seminars

  • Lectures

  • Hands- on demonstration and discussion

Important Note
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information provided. This University can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or students numbers.  In the event of any change we will consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

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