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Dental Public Health MSc

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A dynamic course that challenges you to think critically about oral health at population level. Subjects covered include the philosophy and principles of dental public health; the major health problems of a community (and their determinants); the organisation and delivery of oral health services; research methods, epidemiology and statistics; methods of control and prevention of oral and dental diseases; planning and evaluation for oral health; and social and behavioural sciences as applied to dentistry. Our research themes include the social determinants of oral health inequalities, the burden of oral diseases on individuals and society, and health services research, including dental workforce.

Key benefits

  • Practical experience in dental public health by participating in teaching, research, informatics, health promotion and health services activities during placements.
  • Strong emphasis on evidence-based prevention of oral disease at population level.
  • Developing technical skills in dental public health such as critical appraisal of evidence, designing oral health surveys, planning and evaluating dental programmes, devising research protocols and data management.
  • A dissertation format that enables students to submit their work for publication in scientific journals.
  • In-house preparation for the Diploma in Dental Public Health examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Kulsoom

I decided to apply for a masters in Dental Public Health to enable me to acquire core knowledge of the subject - both academic and clinical aspects. My professors and lecturers are very dedicated and competent.

Kulsoom, Dental Public Health MSc

The course consists of six modules with assignments and/or written examinations, and a research project module in dental public health assessed by dissertation. It includes opportunities to work and learn with a multidisciplinary team, practical experience in some dental public health activities, and involvement in high quality research. The programme is also recognised for the Royal College of Surgeons of England Diploma in Dental Public Health examination. Further literature A graduate handbook, which includes a preliminary reading list, is available on request from the department at dentpublichealth-admin@kcl.ac.uk

Course Aims

  • The MSc in Dental Public Health is especially for people, not just dentists, who intend to become planners, managers of services, epidemiologists, health promoters and teachers of public health dental subjects. The course aims to produce a highly knowledgeable individual, proficient and skilful in dental public health with an appreciation of the need for lifelong learning and the need for application of advances in relevant knowledge.

Base campuses

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

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Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

 

In a typical year you will study as follows:

Lectures, seminars and feedback: 600 hours

Self-study: 1200 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. This course is primarily taught at King’s College London Denmark Hill Campus. Students also attend cross-disciplinary postgraduate teaching sessions at King’s College London Guy’s Campus.

Assessment

    Your performance in modules of 30 credits will be assessed through a combination of coursework (essays questions) and unseen written examinations. For modules of 15 credits, one single assessment will normally be used (either essay questions or unseen written examinations), which contributes 100% to your final mark.

    The dissertation is assessed as a written research report, including a research protocol and a scientific manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed indexed dental journal.

    The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

    Extra information

    If you are applying from overseas, you must have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment to complete the programme successfully. You can apply without submitting evidence of your English proficiency, but you will be required to provide certificated proof of your competence in English before being offered an unconditional place. Strong candidates may be given a conditional offer, which will be subject to providing an English proficiency certificate within a specific timeframe. Therefore, we advise all candidates to make early arrangements to take an English proficiency test and preferably submit a copy with their application.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 180 credits:

    Introduction to Dental Public Health (30 credits)
    Principles of Epidemiology (15 credits)
    Research Methods for Dental Public Health (15 credits)
    Oral Health Promotion & Oral Disease Prevention (30 credits)
    Planning & Evaluation for Oral Health (15 credits)
    Statistics for Dental Public Health (15 credits)
    Dental Public Health Research Project (60 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    UK graduates: consultants in dental public health, directors of community dental services, PhD studies and senior academics in universities. Overseas graduates: directors of community dental services, senior academics in universities which includes setting up departments of dental public health.

     

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: N/A

    International:

    Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: N/A

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Computer equipment
    • Internet access
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies 
    • Printing course material
    • Society membership fees 
    • Stationery 
    • Travel costs around London and between campuses 
    • Accommodation and subsistence for face-to-face training blocks
    • Binding for logbooks/dissertations – binding is not necessary but is optional
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    The course consists of six modules with assignments and/or written examinations, and a research project module in dental public health assessed by dissertation. It includes opportunities to work and learn with a multidisciplinary team, practical experience in some dental public health activities, and involvement in high quality research. The programme is also recognised for the Royal College of Surgeons of England Diploma in Dental Public Health examination. Further literature A graduate handbook, which includes a preliminary reading list, is available on request from the department at dentpublichealth-admin@kcl.ac.uk

    Course Aims

    • The MSc in Dental Public Health is especially for people, not just dentists, who intend to become planners, managers of services, epidemiologists, health promoters and teachers of public health dental subjects. The course aims to produce a highly knowledgeable individual, proficient and skilful in dental public health with an appreciation of the need for lifelong learning and the need for application of advances in relevant knowledge.

    Base campuses

    NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
    Denmark Hill Campus

    Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    campus guys
    Guy’s Campus

    The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

     

    In a typical year you will study as follows:

    Lectures, seminars and feedback: 600 hours

    Self-study: 1200 hours

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. This course is primarily taught at King’s College London Denmark Hill Campus. Students also attend cross-disciplinary postgraduate teaching sessions at King’s College London Guy’s Campus.

    Assessment

      Your performance in modules of 30 credits will be assessed through a combination of coursework (essays questions) and unseen written examinations. For modules of 15 credits, one single assessment will normally be used (either essay questions or unseen written examinations), which contributes 100% to your final mark.

      The dissertation is assessed as a written research report, including a research protocol and a scientific manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed indexed dental journal.

      The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

      Extra information

      If you are applying from overseas, you must have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment to complete the programme successfully. You can apply without submitting evidence of your English proficiency, but you will be required to provide certificated proof of your competence in English before being offered an unconditional place. Strong candidates may be given a conditional offer, which will be subject to providing an English proficiency certificate within a specific timeframe. Therefore, we advise all candidates to make early arrangements to take an English proficiency test and preferably submit a copy with their application.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 180 credits:

      Introduction to Dental Public Health (30 credits)
      Principles of Epidemiology (15 credits)
      Research Methods for Dental Public Health (15 credits)
      Oral Health Promotion & Oral Disease Prevention (30 credits)
      Planning & Evaluation for Oral Health (15 credits)
      Statistics for Dental Public Health (15 credits)
      Dental Public Health Research Project (60 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      UK graduates: consultants in dental public health, directors of community dental services, PhD studies and senior academics in universities. Overseas graduates: directors of community dental services, senior academics in universities which includes setting up departments of dental public health.

       

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: N/A

      International:

      Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: N/A

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Computer equipment
      • Internet access
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Personal photocopies 
      • Printing course material
      • Society membership fees 
      • Stationery 
      • Travel costs around London and between campuses 
      • Accommodation and subsistence for face-to-face training blocks
      • Binding for logbooks/dissertations – binding is not necessary but is optional
      • Graduation costs

      Funding

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