Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

The intercalated BSc in Oral Biology is a course designed for dental and medical students who have completed the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of their dental or medical education. The BSc will allow students to get first hand experience of conducting a research project and provide the opportunity to study the subject in greater depth than is possible in the BDS or MBBS courses.

We have been running a highly successful intercalated BSc in OB since 2003. The iBSc course has always been heavily focused towards various aspects of biomedical research, from learning research skills to actually conducting a supervised research project. In the past the course has attracted students from outside QM and some of them have done exceptionally well. In 2010 for instance, a medical student from the University of Dundee, while working on his project with Dr Simon Holmes, developed a novel method for quantifying facial trauma. This innovation was highly regarded, resulting in publications and acclamation from the Royal College Of Surgeons. As a result of his experience here this student decided to leave Dundee University and enrol at Barts & The London.

Another success story is that of a BDS student, who recently published her iBSc research work as a first author. Her contribution to another study is shortly to be submitted for publication.

The new BSc OB will be built on the success of our previous iBSc OB and will have an identical course structure. Almost all BSc OB core teaching will take place in the Blizard Institute at Whitechapel within the small seminar rooms Small Cloud, Large Cloud and Spikey, each with dedicated audio-visual facilities ideal for small group teaching. The basement of the Institute houses all the research facilities where our students will attend practical sessions and also carry out their research projects.

The course will consist of five modules, M1-M5. Modules M1-M3 will be taught, module M4 will be laboratory-based practicals and module M5 will be a research project.  Attendance will be required at every module. Modules M1-M4 will be worth 15 credits each and module 5 will be worth 60 credits.

Entry requirements

  • Completion of 2, 3 or 4 years of the MBBS course (1 or 2 years of a graduate entry programme).
  • Passes in Parts 1, 2 and 3 MBBS (as relevant to the year of intercalation).

Closing date

4 February 2019