Taught course

Diagnostic Oral Pathology

University of Sheffield · School of Clinical Dentistry

Entry requirements

A recognised dental or medical qualification. You must have at least one year's postgraduate experience in a relevant clinical discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain the expertise to diagnose a wide range of oral and maxillofacial conditions and learn a wide range of histopathological and laboratory techniques used to carry out the latest research into oral diseases

Course description

This course is unique and focuses on oral and maxillofacial pathology, so you can gain specialist knowledge of diseases and disorders that affect the tissues and organs of the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

You will develop a working knowledge of the diagnostic process by studying lesions to help you understand the role they play in diagnosis, and also key techniques such as light microscopy. You will be introduced to histopathological techniques used in the diagnostic laboratory, from the processing and preparation of tissue to staining and immunohistochemistry. You will also study the latest laboratory techniques used in oral health disease research and be introduced to recent advances in tissue engineering and regenerative dentistry.

Throughout the degree, you will be trained to use digital and light microscopy to assess a variety of oral specimens and identify when more information or procedures are needed to confirm a diagnosis. As you progress, you will study less common lesions, and explore the role of oral pathologists in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

As well as building on the knowledge of pathology you will have from your undergraduate degree, the course gives you the chance to build up your research skills. You will complete a research training programme and carry out your own independent research project.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMedSci
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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