Taught course

Dental Public Health

The University of Manchester · School of Dentistry

Entry requirements

We require a degree in dentistry or a non-clinical science or social science subject (minimum Upper Second or equivalent GPA) from a recognised institution. You should preferably have two years of work experience and be currently working in an area with a link to oral health.

We will consider applicants with other qualifications, research or professional experience on an individual basis, although you may be required to register for the PGDip in the first instance.

As this is an online course, you will need access to a computer with internet connection, and there is a minimum level of computer skills required. Please contact us for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

Our web-based Master of Dental Public Health (MDPH) course is designed for students who want to improve oral health for whole populations.

You will collaborate online with colleagues from across the world to explore practical, evidence-based approaches to care, prevention and planning services. No prior detailed knowledge of dentistry, the NHS or service planning is assumed.

The course is recognised for higher training in the specialty and confers eligibility to sit the Diploma in Dental Public Health examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (DDPHRCS). This grounding in methodology is also great preparation for a PhD.

Our students come from a range of occupations, including clinicians, managers, commissioners, providers or researchers. Our tutors will work with you to apply what you learn within your own context and healthcare system.

Information for international students

If you are a national of a recognised majority English-speaking country (or have a Bachelor degree or higher, including a PGDip, from a majority English-speaking country), you may not be required to show evidence of English language proficiency.

Approved majority English-speaking countries outside of the UK are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA.

Students whose first language is not English require one of the following:

  • IELTS level 6.5 overall with level 6.0 in reading and writing specifically;
  • TOEFL minimum of 100 (Internet-based test) with 25 in reading and writing.

Fees and funding

Please note that you are only eligible for the Home/EU postgraduate loan if you choose the 1 year full-time or 2 year part-time master's course.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-60 months


distance learning
12-60 months


distance learning
12-60 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5220