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Dental Public Health (MRes)

This MRes will prepare you for practice and research in planning and delivering oral health services.

Dental Public Health Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Our distance learning Dental Public Health master's course will help you develop a critical evidence-based approach to planning services and improving oral health at a population level.

It is aimed at clinicians, managers, commissioners, providers and researchers looking to fit learning around their work, with both full-time and part-time study options available.

You will cover topics such as biostatistics, epidemiology and evidence-based practice during your learning.

The course is ideal if you want to enter an academic career in dentistry or wish to study for a PhD, but lack the necessary research experience.

Our MRes is recognised as part of training in the higher speciality of Dental Public Health and as preparation for the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons.

What is an MRes?

A taught Master of Research (MRes) degree provides preparatory training for academic research. Find out more about what an MRes course entails.

CPD opportunities

You can take individual units from this MRes as standalone continuing professional development (CPD) courses. Please contact us for further details about this.

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Degree awarded
Dental Public Health (MRes)
MRes 1 yr FT, 2-5 years PT or standalone units
Entry requirements

There are two routes of entry:

  • A recognised primary degree in a dental subject and a preferred minimum of two years post qualification experience
  • A degree (minimum 2:2) in a non-clinical subject and preferably two years of working experience. Normally the degree will be in a science or social science subject and the individual will be working in some area with a link to oral health. In all cases, the degree held must be from a recognised institution.

Full entry requirements

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Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This distance-learning web-based MRes course provides a combination of interactive online learning and project work to help you develop a critical evidence-based approach to planning services and improving oral health at a population level. The MRes will develop skills for health services research and be especially suitable for those who wish to study for a PhD subsequently but have limited experience of research.

The MRes comprises 6 course units and a dissertation [180 credits in total]:

  • Biostatistics [15 credits]
  • Epidemiology [15 credits]
  • Evidence Based Practice [15 credits]
  • Dissertation/project [90 credits]
  • Three optional course units [15 credits each] which must include at least one of the following units:
    • Oral health and Disease in Populations
    • Implementing Strategy in Dental Services

Qualitative Research Methods [15 credits] is a prerequisite for any students planning a qualitative dissertation.

Part-time students are advised to take at least two core course units in the first year of the course, full-time students are advised to complete two core units in the first semester. 


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £9,000
    International students: £17,000
  • MRes (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £900 per 15 credits and £3,600 for dissertation
    International students: £1,700 per 15 credits and £6,800 for dissertation

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Additional expenses

The course fees include all the tuition, technical support and examinations required for the course, but there are some additional costs:
  • Maximum of one text book per course unit costs approx £30 - £50 per book. Many course units have all material online and no textbook.
  • Communication costs for email, internet access and telephone
The residential course: this is optional and does incur extra costs including travel and accommodation for 1-2 nights