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Primary Dental Care (MSc/Dip/Cert)

This part-time, online modular programme provides masters-level education for primary care clinicians, with a particular emphasis on restorative dentistry. The structure of the degree is designed to meet the needs of dental practitioners from all over the world.

Programme description

The programme develops your ability to take an evidence-based approach to clinical practice and to assess and provide quality primary dental care.

Programme structure

Each module will run over a period of six or twelve weeks (depending on the credits) with participation in online discussions and completion of timed tasks being a compulsory part of the process.

The programme is supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE) and all the educational material is available online. Coursework for assessment is uploaded to the site and there is an active student discussion board available alongside tutor-led discussions. All of the modules provide continuous assessment.

Maintenance of a portfolio of evidence is an essential component of assessment. Students are strongly encouraged to include a reflective element and to maintain a personal journal.

There is a significant commitment of time 
required to complete this course and applicants should be aware that they will be required to take part in weekly tutorials and discussions. It is estimated that between 15-20 hours of clinical time and personal study will be required per week. You may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level.

Year 1 (certificate) and Year 2 (diploma) modules include
Introduction to Clinical Evidence
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Direct Restorations
Dental Clinic Management
Occlusal Management of the Restored Natural Dentition
Endodontics in Primary Dental Care
Periodontal Management in Primary Dental Care
Indirect Restorations
Restoration of the Edentulous Space

Year 3 (masters)
You will complete a research dissertation and carry out clinical case reports.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Career opportunities

This masters degree does not allow entry to any specialist lists, but it will aid promotion in a primary dental care career pathway, particularly within a salaried service. General Dental Practitioners who wish to be involved with teaching 
or research will also find this an important qualification. The Royal College of Surgeons of England (FGDP UK) have accredited the degree towards their Fellowship career pathway.

Visit the Primary Dental Care (MSc/Dip/Cert) page on the University of Edinburgh web site for more details!


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