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Dental Materials Science
School of Clinical Dentistry,
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering
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.
- 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
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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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 student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
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1 year full-time
- Seminars and tutorials
- Personal academic study and self-directed learning
- Research project
- Research project dissertation
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.
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
Fees and funding
The cost of dissertation binding is not included in your course fees.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 215 9318 or +44 114 215 9319
+44 114 222 5941
Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.
Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.