Oral Biology (Taught)

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Oral Biology (Taught)

Oral and Dental disease is a world-wide problem, often leading to loss of quality of life. We aim to provide you with the knowledge and understanding in this critical area to help contribute to the future of oral health in society.

Oral biology is a broad scientific discipline that encompasses a range of basic and applied sciences. Its teaching has significant value in translational and commercial research as applied to treating dental and oral diseases; diseases that remain prevalent in both developed and developing countries.

Our one-year, full-time course at Cardiff University has a strong focus for educating current biological understanding relevant to microbiology, connective tissue biology, inflammatory diseases, cancer and developmental and repair processes.

The program is both lecture and laboratory based; benefiting from taught modules that cover areas such as Cellular & Molecular Biology and Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and culminating in a hands-on 5-month research project. Based at The University Hospital of Wales (the 3rd largest university hospital in the UK), you will develop technical laboratory skills and you will experience a positive and interactive teaching environment.

You will be taught by research academics with international standing and 3* and 4* publications identified within the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), placing us as one of the top-ranked institutions in the UK. Teaching will be predominately academic-led, small group, seminar-based teaching, with opportunity for critical discussion and student-centred tasks.

You will acquire a number of specific skills, such as the ability to collect, analyse and interpret a range of complex quantitative and qualitative data. You will also develop a number of valuable laboratory research-based skills, through the completion of a 5-month research project of your choice, matching the academic expertise of the School.

Graduates from this program will have a broad spectrum of knowledge and a variety of skills, making them highly attractive both to potential employers and research establishments in this important sector.

This course offers basic research training now often expected for entering a PhD program of study. Subject to fee status you may apply for the MSc in Oral Biology as a 1+3 year program of study, continuing into a PhD program within the School upon obtaining a Masters degree qualification.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

This course is suitable for dentists, physicians, biologists, biochemists, biomedical engineers, chemists or pharmacists.

Applicants should possess a minimum second class honours degree (or equivalent), in clinical dental (BDS, MBBS, BSc Therapy and Hygiene), Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical engineering medical or pharmacy backgrounds.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than a score of 5.5 in each of the four bands) or an equivalent qualification – this test should have been taken within 2 years of commencement of study. Applicants are required to have achieved the IELTS prior to an application being submitted.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Research Methods
  • Cell Biology of Oral Tissues
  • Microorganisms in Oral Diseases
  • Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine and Scientific Methods
  • Oral Biology Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £11,950 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £20,950 per year.


What skills will I practise and develop?

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of oral biology in disease, health, repair, regeneration including cancer.
  • Develop research skills to formulate hypothesis-driven research and design suitability controlled experiments with appropriate statistical evaluation.
  • Wide knowledge of research technologies and practical research experience
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and evaluate cell and molecular Oral Biology including clinical conditions in order to drive modern treatment options required to prevent or treat Oral Diseases.
  • Develop advanced communication skills
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills and plan research independently
  • Clear concise scientific presentation skills.
  • Develop critical discussion skills
  • Undertake research for your professional development.

Continuing studies

This course is a foundation for further PhD qualification leading to academic dental research or teaching career paths.

Career paths

A master degree in Oral Biology provides you with the skills to pursue a future career in higher education to teach or perform biomedical research in University and Industry, including clinical academia. Whilst the focus is in Oral Biology the knowledge you will learn is transferable to other medical disciplines.

This course is a foundation for further PhD qualification leading to academic dental research or teaching career paths. Alternatively this course could open up careers in the biomedical or pharmaceutical industry.

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Cardiff University

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