Primary Dental Care MSc (Dent Sci)

This programme is not recruiting for September 2015

This Masters programme is designed for dental graduates who are currently working in either the salaried primary care service or dental practice in the UK.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • The degree is offered on a part-time basis over three years and will allow you to continue practising while studying for the qualification.
  • The close involvement of NHS clinical staff in delivering the programme ensures that it is relevant to future employment.
  • The clinical scenario-based learning environment also allows the development of key problem-solving skills and team skills including peer evaluation.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend all postgraduate lectures in the Dental School which includes invited speakers from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Glasgow and from dental companies.

Programme structure

Year 1

  • Core course consisting of basic sciences, health sciences and research sciences.

Year 2

Specialist course of choice

  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Fixed prosthodontics
  • Removable prosthodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric dentistry
  • Special care dentistry
  • Fixed/removable prosthodontics
  • Oral surgery
  • Sedation.

Year 3

  • Research course

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

You must have an undergraduate degree in dentistry and be a dental practitioner practising in the UK/EU with three years’ post-qualification experience.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MSc (Dent Sci)

Home and EU
Full time fee£7000
Full time fee£15750

Please note, the programme is part-time only, the fees quoted above are fees per year.

Funding opportunities

How to apply

Online application is the quickest and easiest way of applying.

However, you can still make a postal application using our Application for Graduate Studies and Referee’s Report forms which should be completed and returned together with all supporting documents to:

  • Graduate School,
    Room 321, Wolfson Medical School Building,
    University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ.

Applications can be accepted through to the end of August.

Apply now