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Dental Materials Science

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

Prepare yourself for a career in the growing and innovative field of dental materials science.
Postgraduate dentistry student in Library

Course description

This non-clinical course is run jointly with the Faculty of Engineering. It 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’ll also learn the principles of research and different techniques for evaluating dental materials and related health technologies.

There is a need for clinicians and non-clinicians to gain skills and expertise in these fields so they have a deep understanding of the science underpinning the use of materials in dentistry.

You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your academic and scientific skills, including building on your knowledge of basic sciences to increase your understanding of the interaction between the biological environment and materials used in dentistry.

You’ll also be introduced to the principles of scientific research methodology and explore how dental materials science and related technologies are used to repair, replace or help regenerate tissues in dentistry.

Once you’ve graduated, you’ll be able to recognise the clinical, technical and scientific rationale for the use of materials and related technologies in dentistry, and how scientific principles can be applied to the study and development of dental materials. You’ll also understand how the use of materials and related technologies in dentistry are affected by medical, social, legal, and demographic factors.

Additional costs: the cost of dissertation binding is not included in your course fees.

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Core modules

  • Tissue Engineering
  • Dental Materials Science
  • Selecting Dental Materials for Clinical Applications
  • Research Problems and Approaches
  • Structural and Physical Properties of Dental and Biomaterials
  • Dental Technology I
  • Introduction to Digital Dentistry and Dental Manufacturing
  • Biomaterials II
  • Dissertation


  • Lectures
  • Seminars and tutorials
  • Personal academic study and self-directed learning
  • Research project


  • Assignments
  • Coursework
  • Examination
  • Research project dissertation


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.

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

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


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

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+44 114 215 9318 or +44 114 215 9319

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.