MRes Dental Public Health

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MRes
Duration
3 years PT, 2-5 years PT
Entry requirements

We require one of the following:

  • a recognised primary degree in a dental subject and a preferred minimum of two years' post-qualification experience;
  • a degree (minimum Lower Second) in a non-clinical science or social science subject and preferably two years of work experience in an area with a link to oral health.

In all cases, the degree held must be from a recognised institution.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MRes N N Y Y

Course overview

  • Develop a critical evidence-based approach to planning services and improving oral health at a population level, covering biostatistics, epidemiology and evidence-based practice.
  • Prepare for an academic career in dentistry or a PhD by gaining research experience.
  • Study at a university ranked 4th in the UK and in the top 25 in the world for dentistry (QS World University Rankings 2019).
  • This course is recognised as part of training in the higher speciality of Dental Public Health and as preparation for the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons.
  • Benefit from flexible learning thanks to the online and part-time nature of the course.

Open days

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £19,000
  • MRes (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £950 per 15 credits; £3,800 dissertation
    International students (per annum): £1,900 per 15 credits and £7,600 for dissertation

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Please note that you are only eligible for the Home/EU postgraduate loan if you choose the 3 year part-time master's course.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2020.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2019 or are graduating in 2020;
  • hold a first class honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/dentistry/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require one of the following:

  • a recognised primary degree in a dental subject and a preferred minimum of two years' post-qualification experience;
  • a degree (minimum Lower Second) in a non-clinical science or social science subject and preferably two years of work experience in an area with a link to oral health.

In all cases, the degree held must be from a recognised institution.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in all components)
  • TOEFL: 90 (internet-based) (Minimum: Listening 20; Writing 20; Reading 20 and Speaking 20)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Applicants must provide the following:

  • proof of two years' recent post-graduation clinical experience, this must not include your internship;
  • two academic references. Both must be on headed paper, and signed and dated and within the last 12 months;
  • copies (not originals) of degree certificates;
  • official academic transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. (If these are in a language other than English please provide official translations.) Note: If you hold a BDS from a UK university you need not provide a transcript of results but you must provide a copy of the certificate;
  • copies (not originals) of English Language certification if you are an EU/international applicant from a country not officially recognised as majority English-speaking;
  • personal statement;
  • full CV.

EU/international students should also upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application. Evidence of citizenship of an EU country will be required for those claiming home student status.

Only applications with all required supporting documentation (above) will be processed. Offers cannot be made for those that do not meet the minimum requirements for the course.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our web-based MRes Dental Public Health course is designed for students who want to develop skills for health services research to help improve oral health for whole populations.

This course is especially suited to those who want to go on to undertake a PhD, but have limited experience of research.

You will collaborate online with colleagues from across the world to explore practical, evidence-based approaches to care, prevention and planning services.

The course has been 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).

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.

Aims

We aim to enable you to:

  • critically assess evidence that underlies oral health practice;
  • use a population approach to health issues;
  • demonstrate skills that contribute to public health policy-making and service planning;
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to research and answer population health questions;
  • apply your research skills to a PhD programme.

You will also be able to critically appraise the evidence base and take an international perspective on population health.

Special features

Connect with students from around the world

This course runs alongside the Master of Public Health (MPH) course at Manchester. There are currently around 200 students from 24 countries enrolled across both courses.

Teaching and learning

Course delivery

The primary method of course delivery is via the internet, using technology that allows tutors to encourage active communication and discussion between participants on the course. This enables you to learn through easy access to a wealth of web-based materials and published articles, both from the course tutors and other students. A few course units do require some face to face contact and it will be clear which course units have this requirement.

Induction residential course 

A two-day residential is held jointly with the MPH, MDPH and MRes courses at The University of Manchester at the beginning of the first academic year. It is designed to give everyone the necessary technical training and general orientation of materials that you will use throughout the course. You are encouraged to attend the residential, but it is not compulsory, as the same induction material is available online.

Coursework and assessment

Unit assessments

The assessment of each course unit is by written assignment rather than exams. Typically, assessment of each unit would involve a mid-semester and end-of-semester assignment. The word count of the assignments is typically 1,000 and 4,000 respectively.

Additionally, some assessment may be made of your contribution to online discussion.

Dissertation

The dissertation is worth 90 credits and should be between 15,000-18,000 words in length. It will comprise one of the following options:

  • a research protocol/grant application;
  • a research report, usually the secondary analysis of a dataset;
  • a qualitative or theoretical study;
  • a structured literature review.

Course unit details

You should expect to spend, on average, approximately 10-15 hours a week for every course unit studied.

Part-time students are advised to take only one course unit in the first semester.

Qualitative Research Methods is a prerequisite for any students planning a qualitative dissertation.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Biostatistics DENT70001 15 Mandatory
Oral Health & Disease in Populations DENT76061 15 Mandatory
Dissertation for Masters of Reserch (Dental Public Health) DENT76070 90 Mandatory
Implementing Strategy in Dental Services DENT76072 15 Mandatory
Evidence Based Practice POPH60041 15 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Epidemiology POPH60991 15 Mandatory
Research Methods DENT61010 15 Optional
Health Promotion Theory & Methods POPH60021 15 Optional
Engaging the Hard to Reach for Health Gain POPH60062 15 Optional
Working with Communities POPH60072 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60091 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60092 15 Optional
Applied Epidemiology POPH60112 15 Optional
Practical Statistics for Population Health (formerly Biostatistics) POPH60982 15 Optional
Communicable Disease Control POPH62051 15 Optional
Health Systems Challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries POPH62212 15 Optional
Global Health into the 21st Century POPH62311 15 Optional
Global Women's Public Health POPH62411 15 Optional
Primary Health Care POPH63111 15 Optional
Qualitative Research Methods POPH63121 15 Optional
Emergency Planning, Response & Resilience POPH64132 15 Optional
Implementation Sciences POPH64551 15 Optional
Health Services Management POPH64662 15 Optional
Intercultural Public Health POPH64772 15 Optional
Arts and Public Health POPH65011 15 Optional
Digital Public Health POPH65022 15 Optional
Climate Change and Health POPH65042 15 Optional
Introduction to Health Policy POPH65052 15 Optional
Infection Prevention & Control POPH65552 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 29 course units

Additional fee information

Most course units use entirely online material but some course units may require a textbook costing £30-£50.

Other additional costs include communication costs for email, internet access and telephone when studying at home.

Costs may also be incurred for travel, subsistence and accommodation charges during the following optional events or units:

  • the residential course for first year students;
  • the Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Practice blended learning unit;
  • the Intercultural Public Health blended learning unit;
  • the UK Leadership and Public Health Strategy blended learning unit;
  • the Emergency Humanitarian Assistance blended learning unit.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

Individual units from this course are available as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please contact us for more information.

Careers

Career opportunities

Our course will enable you to apply your new skills and knowledge to conducting research into planning and delivering oral health services in your own area of work.

Some graduates may also go on to work towards the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons.