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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Dental Materials Science

This Dental Materials Science programme from University of Birmingham provides a foundation in key materials science principles and training skills for successful research and publication, towards the development of the next generation of materials and processes.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
Starting in: October
Tuition Fee: £26,640 (MSc Full-Time)
£13,320 (MSc Part-Time)
£17,760 (PGDip Full-Time)
£8,880 (PGDip Part-Time)
£8,880 (PGCert)
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The one-year Dental Materials Science programme from University of Birmingham welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds from clinical practitioners and dental technicians who are required to teach the subject, to those pursuing a career in a related research field, whether having a clinical or non-clinical undergraduate education, and whether from the UK or abroad.

The programme:

  • will provide mechanical, physical and chemical properties of materials as structured systems, including bulk and surface properties at the molecular, micro-, and macroscopic level and interaction of materials with the biological environment.
  • will help you develop a critical understanding of factors that determine the successful clinical application of dental materials and contribute to state-of-the-art and emerging dental material technologies, including digital dentistry and manufacturing and the future of dental materials and related tools.
  • is focused on a research-led educational programme where theoretical concepts of materials science delivered by a range of teaching methods are reinforced by gaining insight and deeper understanding within a laboratory setting.
  • is based on practical exploration of concepts, generating ideas and assembling and testing explanations, ultimately providing a strong foundation for the final 12-week research project and developing career research skills beyond.
  • is based on the format and delivery of existing and successful MSc programmes in Dental Materials Science established by Professor Brian Darvell (University of Hong Kong, University of Kuwait, and now University of Birmingham) and is led by Professor William Palin (University of Birmingham).

Courses included:

  • Materials Science
  • Applied Polymer Science
  • Ceramic and Cement Systems
  • Metals and Metal Alloys
  • Biological Interactions of Dental Materials
  • Emerging Materials and Related Technologies
  • Final Research Project

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology

Why study this course?

  • A research-led educational programme providing substantive research training using state-of-the-art equipment
  • Delivered by world-leading experts in the field
  • A new purpose-built, integrated Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry (the first to be built in the UK for almost 40 years) designed to offer world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment for over 600 students and trainees
  • A coherent and focused materials science programme for dentistry
  • Based on insight and exploration using a variety of teaching methods and problem based learning skills.


To be eligible for the MSc[DMS], PGDip[DMS], PGCert[DMS], and in addition to the general requirements set by the University, you will:

  • hold the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery; or
  • hold a degree or other relevant qualification for this purpose, e.g. BSc or diplomas in the physical or biomedical subject fields, dental technology and
  • if required, satisfy examiners by means of a qualifying examination

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