Professional Doctorate in DClinDent Oral Medicine


    Course Description

    If you’re a dentist who has a special interest in oral medicine or want to become a clinical academic, this course is for you. The Professional Doctorate in Oral Medicine provides you with an integrated three-year training programme, so you can gain high-level research expertise alongside your clinical training.

    This DClinDent programme will expand your knowledge and skills in oral medicine and provide an excellent preparation for your career as a specialist in this field.

    You’ll take a programme of seminars, lectures and tutorials, starting with an introductory course on the fundamentals of oral medicine and its related disciplines before going on to review the clinical and scientific scope of the subject and determine its evidence base.

    You’ll then enter supervised clinical practice, conducting treatment planning and clinical procedures, including a number of complex treatments. 

    You’ll also complete a research project, where you’ll demonstrate the application of scientific method to a problem in oral medicine. This project will then form the basis of your dissertation. Over the duration of the programme, you’ll gain advanced research skills to professional doctorate level and develop sophisticated critical appraisal skills in relation to published literature.

    In addition to your studies, you’ll also have a chance to interact with external specialists, through an extensive seminar series held within the Institute of Dentistry, the Blizard Institute and Queen Mary as a whole.

    The programme includes:

    • Four compulsory knowledge and clinical skills modules
    • One compulsory research module, including your final dissertation (up to 50,000 words)

    You'll be taught through a combination of expert seminars, supervised clinical sessions, one-to-one tutorials, self-directed learning, case presentations and reading. You'll also be taught relevant laboratory methodology.

    Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on, formal study sessions, reading, producing written work, completing projects and revising for examinations.

    The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments.

    You will be assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

    This professional doctorate programme includes weekly teaching and clinical contact hours in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research. Please contact the course convenor for information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

    New postgraduate study and research facilities are available in the state of the art Blizard building, as well as the Institute of Dentistry, and include: 

    • 11 dedicated seminar rooms and a student learning centre
    • 92 production laboratory spaces
    • Digital imaging and two cutting-edge cone beam CT machines
    • A PC in every operatory with ‘slave screen’ on chair for viewing images and discussing results with patient
    • Modern facial-scanning equipment
    • Facilities and services for 72 ‘phantom’ heads

    If you study with us, you will join a dynamic, successful school with a first-class reputation: the Institute is ranked first in the UK for dentistry in the 2019 Complete University Guide, and joint first for our research impact (REF 2014).

    The Institute of Dentistry is a special place to undertake your postgraduate studies. We bring together a number of world-leading researchers in basic and clinical sciences who supervise research students in the fields of oral medicine, oral pathology, oral microbiology, oral epidemiology, oncology, dental biomaterials, dental biophysics, dental public health, dental education, periodontology, orthodontics, paediatric, prosthetic and conservative dentistry.

    The Institute is based in Whitechapel and offers cutting-edge technology, a superb education and first-class research facilities.

    The Institute of Dentistry is part of Queen Mary’s Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Queen Mary is part of the University of London and a member of the Russell Group.


    Visit the DClinDent Oral Medicine page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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    Entry Requirements

    Degree requirements
    Applicants must have a primary qualification in Dentistry (BDS or equivalent).

    Additional information
    Please note that if English is not your first language then in order for your application to be considered you must have obtained a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 at the point of submission of your application.

    Following the application deadline, screening of applications and selection of candidates will take place. Candidates who are shortlisted will be invited to attend a Skype interview with the Programme Lead.

    Course Fees

    Please see the Queen Mary website for up-to-date fees and funding information



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