Dental Materials MSc

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) (minimum 2.2 or equivalent) in a relevant subject
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in every skill
UK fees
£14,750 (Total)
International fees
£31,000 (Total)

Course overview

Dental Materials MSc

Dental materials are evolving rapidly to keep pace with the huge changes appearing in digital workflows and biological approaches across much of dentistry. This course fills this gap by providing you with a deep understanding of modern dental materials with a focus on those used in additive and subtractive manufacturing and those used in regenerative dentistry.

It will help you understand what questions should be asked when deciding whether to adopt new materials. You will also undertake a substantial research project facilitated by access to the School’s extensive research facilities, which will allow you to explore in-depth an area of particular interest.

Topics you'll cover include:

  • Modern dental materials.
  • 3D scanning and milling.
  • CAD/CAM.
  • SEM.
  • Mechanical testing.
  • 3D printing.

Course highlights

You can look forward to:

  • Leading teaching facilities.
  • Access to the school's wide ranging research facilities and wider university resources.
  • Introduces concepts of commercialisation.
  • 90 credit research module building the student's research capability.

The school has state-of-the-art facilities in both teaching and research. Also, as part of the university we have access to world leading resources hosted here.

Course details

When studying Dental Materials, you'll be required to complete a total of 185 credits in order to complete the course. These credits are gained by successfully completing the taught component of the course (95 credits) and the research project (90 credits).

Early modules deepen your understanding of the philosophy of research, ethics, and ethical approval, good practice in research, and research methodology. You'll also gain an understanding of contemporary dental materials, and some core aspects of digital data and its uses. This will prepare you to undertake your own individual research project in materials.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Dental Materials MSc in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Research Methods Ethics and Statistics 30
Biomineralization and Biomimetics 10
Additive & Subtractive CAD Manufacturing in the Dental Workflow 10
Research Project 90
Dental Materials 20
Biomaterials for Regenerative Dentistry 10
Innovation Management in Practice 15

Learning and teaching

The masters is delivered through a combination of intensive block teaching at the University of Leeds (consisting of seminars, group work and practical work) and self-directed study.

For the research project you will be allocated an experienced personal mentor from our academic staff.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the course. These include:

  • Evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within dental materials.
  • Demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to this specialist area.
  • Drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study.
  • Evaluating and criticising received opinion.
  • Making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitation on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


Entry requirements

Applicants must hold either a:

  • Primary Clinical Dental qualification which entitles them to register as a dental practitioner with the General Dental Council in the UK


  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum 2.2 or equivalent) in a subject related to medicine or 3D visualisation or a dental degree

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in every skill. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Application deadline: 31 May 2024.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact our admissions team.

Interviews for this course are panel interviews, conducted by video call and are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

  • Friday 17 November AM
  • Monday 11 December AM
  • Friday 12 January AM
  • Friday 8 March AM
  • Friday 12 April AM
  • Friday 10 May AM
  • Friday 7 June AM

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Taught Admissions Policy 2024-25

This course is taught by

School of Dentistry

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School of Dentistry Taught Postgraduate Programme Admissions team



UK: £14,750 (Total)

International: £31,000 (Total)


You must pay a £3,000 deposit when you accept your offer to secure your place on the course.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

Students who don't complete their research project by 30 September of the academic session following their enrolment will be required to transfer onto a second year variant of the course and pay further fees. Alternatively, students may choose to graduate with a Post Graduate Certificate (FHEQ Level 7) if they have successfully completed at least 60 credits.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This unique course will help you develop an understanding in advanced level research within the field of dental materials. These higher level skills will be invaluable in the assessment of new and developing materials within the ever-changing field of dentistry. The course will provide you with the skills which are needed by high level practitioners to become leaders in their profession.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.