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Laser Dentistry MSc

A professional qualification for dentists, hygienists, and dental therapists designed to allow dental professionals to acquire evidence-based knowledge and application of lasers for use in clinical dental therapy.
This course is subject to final validation in February 2021


The MSc in Laser Dentistry is the first of its kind in the UK and is a brand-new opportunity at DMU. The course explores the innovative use of lasers in dentistry as a minimally invasive complementary approach and is designed to enhance current dentistry practice.

The programme will be delivered as a blended learning course, to include both online learning and approximately 3 one-week face-to-face teaching blocks per year.  This will include taught didactic lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical demonstration sessions that will help you gain hands-on experience in the use of lasers in a non-clinical setting, on selected in-vitro hard and soft tissues.

Aimed at professionals already in the industry; the theme of the course is strongly representative of clinical aspects of laser use and would ideally suit those who work in this area of healthcare or research. Applicants should already be familiar with and have access to, or own a laser device for use in clinical dentistry and have some proven experience of use.


Key features

  • The MSc Laser Dentistry course at DMU is the first of its kind in the UK and aids career development and progression for registered dentistry professionals

  • Students will benefit from world class training, from a team of internationally acclaimed laser dentistry experts

  • There is an emphasis on the practical application of laser technology within a professional clinical setting

  • Benefit from hands on training using state-of-the-art, industry standard lasers on both hard and soft tissue

  • The course brings together real-life clinical case studies with practical applications; integrating knowledge and experience




  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Course code: A40071

Duration: two years part-time

Start date: May 2021 (subject to validation)

Fees and funding: TBC

Location of study: 
De Montfort University Leicester UK

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Institution code: D26

Course code: A40071

Duration: two years part-time

Start date: May 2021 (subject to validation)

Fees and funding: TBC

Location of study: 
De Montfort University Leicester UK

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria

A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area. Relevant degrees include but are not confined to a degree in Clinical Dentistry.

Applications are welcomed from mature candidates and those with relevant work experience and evidence of prior learning who do not meet the minimum entry requirements can apply and each application will be judged on an individual basis.

Applicants should demonstrate a clear interest in the course with explanation and evidence in the personal statement with a strong commitment to working in the field of Laser Dentistry.



International Students

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential. English language tuition delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise



The course is structured through six modules:

Module #1 Laser Science Foundation. This module will address the development of theory into the production of machines capable of producing coherent laser photonic energy, together with examples of current laser use in dentistry. The module will provide a basis of theoretical knowledge of photonics, the electromagnetic spectrum and relationship between photon energy, wavelength and frequency.

Module #2 Lasers and Oral Soft Tissue Application. This module focuses upon laser use in oral soft tissue management and periodontology. Sub-ablative applications of lasers will include aspects of photobiomodulation (PBM), its effects with target tissue elements, and the adjunctive role of lasers in diagnostic techniques in clinical dentistry. Additionally, the use of non-ablative laser radiation in photodynamic therapy is explored. Emphasis to be placed on the benefits and drawbacks of laser use verses other surgical treatment modalities.

Module #3 Lasers and Oral Hard Tissue Application. This module will focus upon the use of lasers in oral hard tissue management, within endodontics and laser use in implantology. The module will provide a comprehensive exploration of all laser wavelengths with target dental hard tissue and alveolar bone elements. The module will explore the integration of current restorative materials technology with adjunctive laser use in cavity preparation and restoration.

An overview of the pathogenesis of dentine hypersensitivity, pulpal pathology and peri-apical infection associated with the consequences of pulp death will be examined

Module #4 Research Methods, Techniques and Statistics. enhance student appreciation and skills of research methodologies, statistical analysis and how these are integrated into scientific research.

Module #5 Clinical Case Studies in Laser Dentistry. This module will bridge the gap between theoretical and practical aspects of laser dentistry. Students will be required to provide documentary evidence of clinical cases involving the adjunctive use of appropriate lasers in delivering dental treatment carried out in their day-to-day practice.  Cases varying in degrees of complexity are to be presented. Cases will include details of patient assessment, diagnosis, and treatment plan, including details of the laser(s) used and treatment sequence, indications, contra-indications and precautions, including post treatment strategies and assessment of outcome and prognosis.

Module #6 Research Project: Lasers in Dentistry. Provides students with the opportunity to design, execute and report upon an original research problem in an area of laser dentistry. Students will work closely with a supervisor to formulate and design their research project.  The project will develop the students’ ability to relate research concepts to clinical settings.

Teaching and assessment 

Teaching consists of formal lectures, informal seminars, practical exercises, workshops, discussions, and e-learning packages. Assessment will be through literature reviews, completion of MCQ examinations, clinical case presentations, plus a research project

You will work in groups, challenge and discuss ideas with your tutors, and are encouraged to be a proactive independent learner. You will also engage with our dedicated virtual learning environment using tools such as blogs and discussion boards to exchange ideas.

International students come to study in the UK because the quality of our teaching is among the best in the world. You may find that our teaching style is very different to that in your home country and we will help you adapt.

All students will be provided with a personal mentor to provide guidance throughout the duration of the course.

You will also need to be prepared to work and study independently outside the classroom.

Academic expertise

The core teaching team is composed of six registered dentists who are dentistry experts with experience of teaching at university level and extensive experience in the use of lasers in dentistry.

The lead team member is world-renown with 30 years’ experience in all aspects of representation within laser dentistry and almost 60 published papers, together with several textbooks on the subject

Collectively, the team has received almost 100 peer-reviewed publications in the field of laser dentistry and have 70 years combined experience in the use of lasers in a clinical setting and research.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Substantial investment in Health and Life Sciences has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Campus centre


The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 


Opportunities and careers

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Career and graduate opportunities

Graduation at MSc level in Laser Dentistry will enhance your current practice and qualifications. There is an opportunity to progress onto specialist Clinician status, expanding the scope of practice as dentistry professionals, as well as further post graduate study in research settings.

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The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK, EU and international students who are graduating in 2021.


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The Institute of Allied Health Sciences Research carries out nationally and internationally recognised research into a wide range of disciplines from ‘bench to bedside’ and beyond into global society. 

We have many diverse approaches to research within the institute, including laboratory-based science, clinically focused studies and research into the social aspects of health.

The main areas of focus are removing contaminants from water, reducing human exposure to harmful chemicals, identifying safe and nutritious foods as well as developing advanced biomedical approaches to tackle the global burden of disease and hunger.

Researchers within the institute have collaborations with UK and overseas universities, and are innovative and creative about seeking new cross-disciplinary links.


Postgraduate events

The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate open evenings or events. Here, you can speak with course academics and current students, discuss fees, learn about your career prospects and tour the campus.

You can also watch and ask questions in one of our postgraduate live streams.

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