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MRes Dental Public Health

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MRes
Duration
1 year FT, 2 years PT, 3-5 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

Number of places/applicants
200 places
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. The formal deadline is 1 September 2020 . Late applications may be considered.

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 5th in the UK and in the top 25 in the world for Dentistry (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • 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.
  • Open up a career in health science research if you undertake a PhD after completing this course.

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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 and administration costs during your studies.

All fees for entry may be subject to a yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year.

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.

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan if you choose the one-year full-time or two-year part-time course. Please check the government's eligibility criteria .

The course fees include all the tuition, technical support and assessments required for the course, but you are likely to incur some additional costs:

  • maximum of one core text book per unit (approximately £30 per book) where e-books are not available;
  • communication costs for internet use and telephone;
  • a statistical software package (approximately £20).

A copy of the statistical software for Practical Statistics for Population Health will be provided free for all international fee-paying students.

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

  • the residential (first year)
  • blended learning units in the Arts and Public Health, Intercultural Public Health, Infection, Prevention & Control, Engaging the Hard to Reach for Health Gain blended learning unit
  • the Geneva Winter School (not running in 2020)

In 2020/21 our residential and blended units will be online.

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

Commonwealth Scholarships

There may be an opportunity to offer Commonwealth Scholarships to excellent young nationals who are resident in Commonwealth countries. Please see the CSC website for further details.

Equity and Merit Scholarships

We offer Equity and Merit Scholarships to academically excellent young professionals from Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.

Alumni bursary

If you are a current or recent undergraduate at The University of Manchester, you may be eligible for our Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes. For the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, this is a £1,000 reduction on fees paid directly to the University at the start of the course.

The scholarship is available to University of Manchester graduates enrolling on a Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health postgraduate taught master's course. You must have graduated in the previous year or be graduating currently with a first-class honours degree.

The scholarship is available for international, EU and home students who will study full-time or part-time.

You must be self-funded and must not be in receipt of any other funding support.

Please contact us for more information.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/public-health-data/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

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 are defined by the UK Home Office ).

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 .

If the language of instruction of your first degree was English, but you obtained the degree from a university of a non-majority English-speaking country, the English language requirement may be waived for applicants on our Personal Professional Development CPD programme only, provided written evidence is submitted.

The Personal Professional Development CPD programme is not award-bearing and allows you to complete up to three units from the MPH syllabus. After successfully completing this level of the course, students could then be considered for progression to the award-bearing levels of our course, through re-application.

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.

Other entry requirements

You will require regular access to a modern personal computer (Windows or Mac) with a stable internet connection. You should be confident in using the internet for web browsing, sending emails and also using word processing software, such as Microsoft Word.

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. The formal deadline is 1 September 2020 . Late applications may be considered.

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.

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form or sent directly to pgtaught.cbm@manchester.ac.uk . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

How your application is considered

Your application will be reviewed by the relevant Programme Director on receipt of all required supporting documentation.

Applicants are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, based on all information provided.

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 MRes Dental Public Health programme is designed for students who want to develop skills for health services research to help improve oral health for whole populations.

This course is an innovative distance learning research degree that meets the need of researchers in all public health settings, from local authorities to non-governmental organisations in both the UK and worldwide, with a specialisation of Dental Public Health.

The course provides an introduction to research development, mainly for those currently in the healthcare workforce who wish to become researchers or pursue a research pathway within their profession.

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

Expert teaching

You will be taught by professionals working in the field of local, national and international public health. There is an emphasis on applying your learning to real life public health issues.

Flexible learning

All of the course content is delivered online, enabling you to fit study around other commitments. A three-day residential induction is held in Manchester at the start of the course, but attendance is not compulsory. There are both fully online and blended options where face-to-face sessions are planned.

Learn with students from around the world

You will be able to mix with students from a range of disciplines from all over the world. We have over 1,500 alumni from more than 80 countries.

Teaching and learning

Most of our courses are delivered completely online. A learning structure with a recommended pace is in place throughout the unit, with specific deadlines for all summative assessments.

Some course units require your participation throughout and some of the optional units are blended, which require a mandatory face-to-face element. Please check whether your chosen course unit includes any face-to-face teaching days, as this is clearly stated in the Course Unit Overview.

If you are unable to attend a face-to-face component due to mitigating circumstances, you may be permitted to repeat this unit in a subsequent year. However, if you are unable to attend the face-to-face sessions, please do not choose one of the blended units. Please contact mph.admin@manchester.ac.uk if this is likely to be a problem.

Coursework and assessment

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base. There are no written exams; assessment is based on assignments and other activities such as moderated discussion boards and group work.

Course unit details

This course has three core units that you must complete: Evidence Based Practice, Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Practical Statistics for Population Health. In addition to this, you must take one optional core unit out of Oral Health & Disease in Populations, and Implementation Strategy in Dental Services.

You are then able to select your remaining two units from a pool of more than 20 optional units, including some blended learning and face-to-face study options. After completing all of the taught units, you will progress to your dissertation project.

You will be able to choose from a range of dissertation models designed to cater for different work situations and interests. The master's dissertation is a focused, critical and reflective body of writing that seeks to add to the understanding of a particular problem or question. It is an opportunity to expand knowledge and expertise in an area of study, through in-depth, critical and reflective thinking, relevant to the focus of the dissertation.

We advise you to informally contact the dissertation tutor early on in your course to discuss research ideas and plans. Following these discussions, you will then submit a proposal. If this is approved, you will be assigned a supervisor from the University.

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
Dissertation for Masters of Reserch (Dental Public Health) DENT76070 90 Mandatory
Evidence Based Practice POPH60041 15 Mandatory
Practical Statistics for Population Health (formerly Biostatistics) POPH60982 15 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Epidemiology POPH60991 15 Mandatory
Oral Health & Disease in Populations POPH76061 15 Mandatory
Implementing Strategy in Dental Services POPH76072 15 Mandatory
Research Methods DENT61010 15 Optional
Introduction to Public Health POPH60001 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
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
Public Health Benefits of Green and Blue Space POPH65031 15 Optional
Climate Change and Health POPH65042 15 Optional
Introduction to Health Policy POPH65052 15 Optional
Behaviour Change and Public Health POPH65062 15 Optional
Infection Prevention & Control POPH65552 15 Optional
Evidence Synthesis: Systematic Reviews POPH68001 15 Optional
Guideline Development and Implementation POPH68012 15 Optional
Oral Health & Disease in Populations POPH76061 15 Optional
Implementing Strategy in Dental Services POPH76072 15 Optional
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What our students say

This course shares some units with our Master of Public Health (MPH) course. See what our Student Ambassadors have to say about our MPH course and visit our blog .

Facilities

This course is delivered through online distance learning. You will have normal access to online library facilities.

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

We offer a number of our units as standalone credited CPD courses through our Personal Professional Development programme in public health and primary care.

We also run monthly public health journal clubs, the annual Festival of Public Health , an International Summer School , CPD events and our free open-access courses.

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.

Most of our students complete the course part-time while working in a wide variety of jobs and sectors, and many (e.g. General Practitioners (GPs), hospital doctors, health promotion staff, managers and researchers) take the course to consolidate their existing work as a researcher, or to help them gain access to that profession.

The MRes is often a stepping stone, providing skills, experience and a qualification that usually leads to a PhD.

UK intercalating students choose to study for an MRes if they are applying for a research foundation post or are looking ahead at the potential of pursuing a PhD in the future.

Some of our students use their experience and qualification to help them move into predominantly public health-related roles. You can see the occupations that some of our MPH students and graduates work in on the student ambassadors' page . You can also get in touch with them to ask questions about the course.

There are a range of resources offered by the University and the Faculty of Public Health , a membership organisation for public health professionals in the UK and around the world, to help you think about how a Master of Public Health can aid your career path.

If you have any questions about how our course can benefit your career, please email us at mph.director@manchester.ac.uk .