Taught course

Oral Sciences

Institution
University of Glasgow · College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

You are required to have a BSc (2.1), BDS or medical degree, or a nursing degree (general or dental).

Months of entry

September

Course content

This MSc programme is designed to provide students with an in-depth working knowledge of the principles and practice related to Oral Sciences. The major strength of this programme is that the programme is aligned to and delivered by internationally renowned members from the Oral Sciences Research Group located within Glasgow Dental School. Students will experience and participate in cutting edge research within the theme while learning techniques widely relevant to biomedical sciences. This programme will be of particular interest to those interested in pursuing or furthering careers in oral and dental related occupations, as well as laboratory scientists or academics. This programme also enables graduates to gain experience in research before applying to a doctoral programme.

Why this programme

  • If you are passionate about oral sciences and keen to learn through an in-depth, evidence based, critical approach, and enthusiastic about specialising in a particular area – oral disease pathogenesis or infection control and decontamination, then this programme is for you.
  • Our staff are internationally experienced researchers and academics with both clinician and science backgrounds, experts in biofilm infections, oral inflammation and infection control.
  • There is a long tradition of excellence in Oral Sciences at the University of Glasgow, with pioneering research by MacFarlane, Samaranayake and Bagg, and other current Glasgow academics continue to make important contributions in the field of Oral Sciences.
  • A range of transferable skills are integrated and embedded into this programme, which will improve possibilities in the job market.
  • You will undertake research alongside pre- and post-doctoral researchers and learn how to work as a team and improve technical skills and communication.
  • Students can learn first-hand within a dedicated oral sciences research laboratory infrastructure linked directly to clinical research facilities.
  • There is a direct link with our doctoral research programme.

Programme structure

  • Translational research approaches
  • Evidence based medicine and statistics
  • Laboratory techniques in oral sciences
  • Principles of oral sciences
  • Research methods in oral sciences
  • Research dissertation in oral sciences

Core and optional courses

Core

  • Statistics 1
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Translational medical research approaches
  • Medical research and ethics
  • Principles and critical interpretation of laboratory methodologies
  • Research methods
  • Research Dissertation

Optional

  • Microbes in medicine
  • Translational immunology
  • Pathogenesis in oral disease
  • Decontamination and infection control

Career prospects

Graduates are well placed for a variety of employment opportunities in the oral and dental industries, as well as a wide array of the biomedical science sectors. This course provides a sound basis from which to apply for employment in laboratory positions in industry or in academia, or to continue professional training in dentistry and oral hygiene, or for further doctoral-level research training for academic or teaching careers.

A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete PhDs in Glasgow or other high quality institutions across the world. Careers of some of our recent graduates include:

  • Clinical research scientist (NHS)
  • Senior clinical scientist (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Laboratory scientist (BluTest Laboratories)
  • Assistant professor (Khyber Medical University)
  • Associate professor (University Sains Malaysia)
  • Postdoctoral research fellows (University of Glasgow)
  • Scientist (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency)

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,250
International students
£16,000

Visit our website for information on fees and funding.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
MVLS Oral Science
Email
mvls-oralsci@glasgow.ac.uk
Phone
0141 330 4515