Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

This programme features joint teaching within the School of Engineering and Materials Science and the Institute of Dentistry, bringing together expertise in the two schools to offer you a fresh perspective on opportunities that are available in the field. This is an advanced programme designed to develop a broad knowledge of the principles underlying the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of dental materials.

This programme will: Equip you with a deep understanding of the field of dental materials and the knowledge necessary to participate in research, or product development; Place special emphasis on materials-structure correlations in the context of both clinical and non-clinical applications; Provide an introduction to materials science, focusing on the major classes of materials used in dentistry including polymers, metals, ceramics and composites; Provide up-to-date information on dental materials currently used in clinical dentistry. It covers the underlying principles of their functional properties, bioactivity and biocompatibility, and also covers specific dental materials applications such as drug delivery, tissue engineering and regulatory affairs.

This degree is aimed at dental surgeons, dental technicians, materials scientists and engineers wishing to work in the dental support industries, and the materials health sector generally. On completion of the course you should have a good knowledge of topics related to dental materials, and in addition, be competent in justifying selection criteria and manipulation instructions for all classes of materials relevant to the practice of dentistry.

There has been a general move away from destructive techniques and interventions towards less damaging cures and preventative techniques. This programme will update your knowledge of exciting new technologies and their applications. The programme is taught by experts in the field of dentistry and materials; they work closely together on the latest developments in dental materials. Innovations in medical practice, drug development and diagnostic tools are often tested in the mouth due to simpler regulatory pathways in dentistry. The programme allows practitioners the opportunity to update their knowledge in the latest developments in dental materials. The School is proud to have the programme accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £13,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £20,300 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £13,000 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1 honours or equivalent) in Materials, Dentistry, a related Engineering discipline or equivalent.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.5.
  • IELTS score: 6.5