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Our blended learning MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice - Paediatric Anaesthesia is a unique course for anaesthetists and anaesthetic trainees who have an interest in paediatric anaesthesia. Read more

Our blended learning MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice - Paediatric Anaesthesia is a unique course for anaesthetists and anaesthetic trainees who have an interest in paediatric anaesthesia.

Children and infants present unique challenges to anaesthetists, who are involved not only in the delivery of safe anaesthesia, but also in peri-operative care, acute and chronic pain management and in the resuscitation and stabilisation of the seriously ill or injured child.

This is an academic course that, when combined with clinical experience, will produce anaesthetists who can deliver high quality care in the field of paediatric anaesthesia. 

You will develop:

  • the skills required to understand medical literature and research and apply this knowledge as evidence-based practice;
  • the ability to gain a firm grasp of the science, pathophysiology and paediatric medicine underpinning the practice of paediatric anaesthesia;
  • the ability to critically appraise current practice, develop the specialty further, and improve patient care.

We have developed this course in partnership with the Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH), drawing on the hospital's high level of knowledge and expertise to provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding expected from paediatric anaesthetists today.

This MSc is suitable if you are a consultant anaesthetist working in either specialist or non-specialist centres and have an interest in paediatric anaesthesia. 

Our course would also be suitable for trainees undergoing advanced clinical training in paediatric anaesthesia.

Please note that this course is new and subject to approval for 2017. 

Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide the necessary academic preparation for the clinical practice of paediatric anaesthesia;
  • enable you to critically appraise current practice and develop an evidence-based approach to solving clinical problems;
  • help you to grasp the science, pathophysiology and paediatric medicine underpinning the practice of paediatric anaesthesia.

The knowledge and skills you will gain during the course, combined with your clinical experience, will enable you to improve patient care and further develop the speciality of paediatric anaesthesia.

Teaching and learning

The MSc runs over three years part-time, making full use of a blended learning approach.

It is flexible enough for full-time professionals to undertake, and consists of online distance learning, supplemented by face-to-face study days at The University of Manchester.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress through examining your participation in online discussions, mid-unit assignments, end of unit assignments and the written reflective element.

Satisfactory completion of all units of training for each year will allow progression to the next year of study.

Course unit details

Year 1

  • Evidence Based Practice (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Governance (15 credits)
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People; Ethics and Consent

Year 2

Specialist Clinical Practice Units:

  • Applied Basic Science in Paediatric Anaesthesia (15 credits)
  • Anaesthesia for Special Cases (15 credits)
  • Trauma and Acute Surgery (15 credits)
  • Paediatric Critical Care and Resuscitation Medicine (15 credits)

Year 3

  • Written reflective element with either a research/audit component or a systematic review (60 credits)

Course collaborators

We have collaborated with Royal Manchester Children's Hospital , Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to develop this course.

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Office.

Career opportunities

This course is designed for advanced trainees in paediatric anaesthesia who intend to pursue consultant careers in hospitals providing tertiary paediatric care.

It is also suitable for anaesthetists with paediatric responsibilities working in district general hospitals, as well as consultant anaesthetists applying for roles at tertiary children's hospitals, or at district general hospitals with significant paediatric activity.



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In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances. Read more

In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances.

Knowledge and advances in anaesthesia over the last 20 years have been considerable. We can use techniques to block sensation locally or over a region of the body not just total unconsciousness. We have an array of drugs and methods of drug administration available to us in our fight against pain. Anaesthesia has always carried risks, and we have an increasing availability of monitoring equipment to help us monitor the physiological function of the body during anaesthesia with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality in our animals.

The University of Edinburgh is offering this unique opportunity for an entirely online MSc to study these advances, during which students can gain knowledge and understanding in the equipment, drugs and techniques associated with anaesthesia and analgesia. Our team can provide a wide range of clinical and research experience across many species.

Online learning

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

Expert tutors will support you through every stage of the programme and you can engage with fellow students in supportive and constructive online networks.

Your progress will be assessed through online presentations, essays, critical reviews of literature, student self- reflection activities, short-answer questions, scientific posters, group wiki events and peer review activities.

Programme structure

The programme is taught part time over 3 years, but its flexible nature will allow you a maximum of 6 years to complete it. There are also options for studying for a certificate (1-2 years) or a diploma (2-4 years).

Each year will consist of three 11-week terms, structured into two blocks of five weeks of study, with a week in between for independent study and reflection.

The Postgraduate Certificate year (Year 1) starts with a series of compulsory courses to give a foundation in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, then progresses to examine how this may be applied in a variety of species. In the Postgraduate Diploma year (Year 2), you have the choice of selected courses to tailor the programme to your requirements. A dissertation completes the final year, however, this is a very flexible course, which can be tailored to suit you (subject to approval).

Year 1

Compulsory courses:

  • Basic sciences in anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Anaesthetic equipment
  • Patient assessment, critical incidents and cardiopulmonary resuscitation

You will also choose 2 out of 4 species-related courses in dogs and cats, equidae, ruminants, camelids and pigs or small mammals (e.g. rabbits, rats etc).

Year 2

You will choose courses to total 60 credits from the following:

  • Emergency case management (10 credits)
  • Chronic pain and advanced analgesic principles (10 credits)
  • Advanced cardiovascular procedures and monitoring (10 credits)
  • Lung ventilation and mechanical ventilators (10 credits)
  • Reptiles and birds (20 credits)
  • Ethics in veterinary anaesthesia: animal welfare and euthanasia (10 credits)

In addition, you could choose to select additional species courses from Year 1.

Year 3

During the written reflective element of the programme you will have the opportunity to further develop your scientific skills and utilise scientific theory. The form of the dissertation may vary to suit individual candidates, subject to approval of a submitted proposal. The dissertation will be a piece of written work 10-15,000 words long, which may take the form of a research study, analysis of techniques used in previous clinical work or an extended literature review. A casebook or portfolio submission may also be permitted.

Career opportunities

The MSc Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia is likely to be desirable for veterinary surgeons seeking employment in research environments (e.g. as Named Veterinary Surgeon or other roles) due to the key importance of anaesthesia and the emphasis on this from Home Office regulation of research work in the UK.

The MSc will be a different route for progression for veterinary nurses who have key roles in private veterinary practices with regard to veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. This may be desirable for practices wishing to show a wide range of expertise amongst their staff and patient support for surgical procedures.



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This programme is intended for existing health care practitioners or graduates with a science background who wish to work as part of the anaesthetic team. Read more

This programme is intended for existing health care practitioners or graduates with a science background who wish to work as part of the anaesthetic team.

The Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist.

Course details

The programme will develop a practitioner role that enables the anaesthesia team to have more staff working differently. Presently in the UK only doctors who have had specialist training in anaesthesia can administer anaesthetics.

The PA(A) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist. 

The programme is studied over 27 months full-time which includes 24 months of academic study and clinical training, followed by 3 months of supervised practice. 

Students who have satisfactorily completed the 120 taught credits of the Postgraduate Diploma: Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) will have the option of transferring to the Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) MSc Programme. Award of the MSc will require the completion of an additional 60 credit Dissertation module, which would take the form of a research project of their own choosing. The MSc is self funded costing £1980 in 2014/2015 (subject to change each year).

Related links

For further information about the role of PA(A)s, training and entry requirements please visit the Royal College of Anaesthetists website: http://www.rcoa.ac.uk

Although they have very similar names the Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) and the Physician Associate programme are very different programmes. If you are interested in joining the Physician Associate Postgraduate Diploma please visit the web pages for more information.

Learning and teaching

The programme is made up of 12 two-month blocks of teaching. Each block lasts for approximately 35 days to allow for holidays and is broken down as follows:

  • Directed self study – 70 hours
  • Small group teaching – 14 hours
  • Clinical skills teaching – 21 hours
  • Workplace experience – 140 hours

A typical week may consist of:

  • 1 2-hour tutorial
  • 2-3 days in the clinical area
  • ½ day clinical skills training
  • 1½ days self-directed study, e.g. working through the e-lectures

The blocks are as follows:

  • Block 1 – Introduction to clinical practice (1)
  • Block 2 – Introduction to clinical practice (2)
  • Block 3 – Introduction to anaesthesia
  • Block 4 – Physics in anaesthesia
  • Block 5 – The anaesthesia machine and monitoring
  • Block 6 – The heart and circulation
  • Block 7 – The airways and lungs
  • Block 8 – The kidneys, liver, endocrine system and blood
  • Block 9 – The brain and nervous system
  • Block 10 –Clinical history and examination
  • Block 11 –Management of life-threatening emergencies
  • Block 12 –Advanced practice

Employability

This programme is part of a structred training programme for the role of Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) or PA(A).



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The Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine course is based on areas of clinical practice and professional skills that are relevant to all anaesthetic trainees. Read more

The Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine course is based on areas of clinical practice and professional skills that are relevant to all anaesthetic trainees.

Face-to-face tuition will be provided in cutting-edge aspects of patient care using an evidence based approach to provide knowledge of clinical practice which extends beyond the scope of the training programme and represents many of the most important areas of development for clinical anaesthesia. The course also includes modules which enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of the professional skills essential for a successful career in the NHS.

Key areas of study

  • Assessment and optimisation
  • High-risk anaesthesia
  • Emergency care
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services

Course structure

Modules are assessed by 3,000 word written assignments which are centred on case studies or a relevant topic agreed between the student and the module leader.

PGCert

PGDip

PGCert modules PLUS

MSc

PGDip modules PLUS

Career opportunities

This course is intended to provide anaesthetists with the clinical and professional skills they need to achieve high levels of success in consultant practice.

The course content has been carefully considered to reflect the needs of NHS trusts when recruiting consultant staff and also the wider priorities of the NHS in developing clinical leadership, service development and education.



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The PgDip and MSc Evidence-based Medicine (Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain) programmes provide a modular postgraduate education to meet your needs. Read more

The PgDip and MSc Evidence-based Medicine (Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain) programmes provide a modular postgraduate education to meet your needs. The programmes offer specialty training within this area and will enhance your career progression towards a consultant post.

Course details

The programmes are flexible and modular, covering a range of subject matters relevant to anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain. Credits from the component modules can be combined to provide a postgraduate certificate, diploma or master’s-level qualification. You study the central aspects of evidence-based medicine and research, and how to apply these to your anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain practice to enhance the quality of your individual clinical practice and broader service delivery. You share a number of modules with other master’s-level programmes giving you many opportunities to mix with other students and share academic and professional experiences. The emphasis is on integrating theory and clinical practice in a multi-professional working and learning environment.

You develop an ability to understand how evidence is generated, retrieved, evaluated and importantly, employed in practice. The programmes enhance inter-professional learning and direct the focus of learning toward evidence based clinical decision making and quality improvement to enhance service delivery. This is in line with the Government’s policy visions to develop evidence based, quality improvement driven professional practice.The programmes offer a structured and logical progression to learning, with a firm link to your anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain practice. As the majority of students are employed in specialty training posts we use a flexible approach to programme delivery.

What you study

Course structure

Core modules

  • Designing Research Projects
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Practical Statistics
  • Quality Improvement in Evidence-based Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain
  • Research Project Management

MSc only

  • Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Where you study

Main campus for attending students, at home for distance learners.

How you learn

The learning and teaching strategy is as flexible as possible. You can choose to study by attending classes, by distance learning or flexible learning (a combination of attendance and distance learning). 

For attending students, learning and teaching methods include key lectures, seminars involving group discussions and structured learning activities, practical computer lab classes and tutorial support.

For distance learners our virtual learning environment provides you with interactive structured learning materials such as written learning materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and structured learning materials and activities. Alongside this you can access a range of forums – discussion boards, wikis and blogs to support your discussion with module tutors and other students. Tutorial support is provided by email, phone or Skype. 

If you are a flexible learner you can use these two approaches flexibly throughout each module depending on your personal needs and work commitments. Our learning and teaching strategy, and opportunities for feedback for flexible learners includes aspects of the attendance and distance learning strategies.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment strategies. Formative assessment supports your learning in some modules. Each module is summatively assessed through a written report, seen exam, data analysis project, research proposal, quality improvement proposal, critical commentary and – for the MSc only – a dissertation.

Employability

These programmes offer a structured and logical progression to learning with a firm link to your specialist area of practice. Most graduates are employed in specialty training posts and these programmes can support your career progression to consultant level.



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This MSc course has been designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and understanding to work at an advanced level, managing patient care in perioperative practice. Read more
This MSc course has been designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and understanding to work at an advanced level, managing patient care in perioperative practice.

It offers the opportunity to develop advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to apply them to management in perioperative practice. You will have the opportunity to develop, through the process of research, advanced practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of managing care and the ability to influence change in the field of perioperative practice.

As a full-time student, you will undertake all taught modules during one academic year, while part-time students undertake modules over two years. The modular structure of the programme enables you to select the most appropriate profession-specific modules and shared or generic modules from a suite of modules within the postgraduate provision of the School of Healthcare Studies.

For the Postgraduate Certificate, students complete the Research Methods and Health Improvement in Health and Social Care module (30 credits) and at least one profession-specific module (30 credits).

To be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma, students need to complete the Research Methods and Health Improvement in Health and Social Care module (30 credits) and at least one profession-specific module (30 credits). The remaining 60 credits can be made up of either another profession specific module and/or shared modules available within the MSc suite of optional modules.

Students who proceed to successful completion of a research project and subsequent dissertation will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree.

Distinctive features

• The opportunity to learn in a School that is well respected within the professions involved in perioperative practice.

• The involvement of research-active and clinical staff in course design and delivery.

• The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.

• The emphasis on acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas.

• Flexibility of delivery, permitting graduates to pursue their professional careers while studying part time, or to take a career break and complete on a full time basis.

• Additional free-standing non-profession-specific modules are available to complement the core modules.

Content

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/managing-care-in-perioperative-and-anaesthesia-practice-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/managing-care-in-perioperative-and-anaesthesia-practice-msc-part-time

Teaching

Teaching is mainly through workshops, tutorials and seminars. There are also lectures, and these are followed up by appropriate opportunity to discuss and evaluate the ideas presented. Content is supported by online resources.

Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of assessment procedures, such as written assignments, oral presentations, poster presentations and small projects. This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities. The research project is a culmination of the development of all these skills.

Career prospects

The course is aimed at healthcare professionals working in the field of perioperative practice, including Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and Registered Nurses (RNs).

It offers the opportunity to develop advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to apply them to management in perioperative practice. You will have the opportunity to develop, through the process of research, advanced practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of managing care and the ability to influence change in the field of perioperative practice.

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This course has been developed with support from the major anesthetic organisations, including the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), the Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK) and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA). Read more
This course has been developed with support from the major anesthetic organisations, including the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), the Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK) and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA).

It is aimed at busy medics working as full or part time anaestheitists in the NHS or equvilant health services who are seeking to develop a high level of expertise within this specialist area.

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This course has been developed with support from the major anaesthetic organisations, including the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), the Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK) and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA). . Read more

This course has been developed with support from the major anaesthetic organisations, including the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), the Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK) and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA). 

It is aimed at busy medics working as full or part time anaesthetists in the NHS or equivalent health services who are seeking to develop a high level of expertise within this specialist area. For more information see our website.



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This programme is intended for dental practitioners who want to develop competence in providing conscious sedation. The programme has been designed to allow you to gain experience of using inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide and oxygen, and midazolam. Read more
This programme is intended for dental practitioners who want to develop competence in providing conscious sedation. The programme has been designed to allow you to gain experience of using inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide and oxygen, and midazolam. You will build your knowledge through distance learning modules and study days, while clinical skills will be developed during supervised clinical practice in Bristol. We aim to produce caring, knowledgeable and skilful practitioners who are competent in the provision of conscious sedation within the limits of the individual clinician.

Programme structure

This modular programme is divided in to three units: Local Anaesthesia, Anxiety Management and Clinical Conscious Sedation.

Local Anaesthesia
Pain and anxiety control are closely linked and treatments under sedation often need to be aborted because of inadequate local anaesthesia. The unit will update students in pharmacology and local anaesthetic techniques, introduce advanced local anaesthetic techniques and provide medical simulator training in the management of the complications of sedation.

Anxiety Management
This unit will provide students with a knowledge and critical understanding of the theoretical framework that underpins cognitive therapy, including self-help and behavioural approaches.

Clinical Conscious Sedation
This unit is designed to prepare those with no experience in conscious sedation to independent practice. It will include supervised clinical practice in Bristol, as well as distance learning and study days where practical skills will be introduced before beginning supervised clinical practice. The unit covers the syllabus on basic sedation techniques published in 2015 by the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry.

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Our MSc Paediatric Dentistry course will equip you with the advanced academic knowledge and clinical skills required to practice as a specialist in paediatric dentistry. Read more

Our MSc Paediatric Dentistry course will equip you with the advanced academic knowledge and clinical skills required to practice as a specialist in paediatric dentistry.

This is a full-time, three-year master's degree that combines the taught and research elements of the MSc with a mandatory clinical training unit.

You will build up your knowledge of literature in this field, learning from consultants and specialists in paediatric dentistry. Taught elements are delivered in lectures, seminars, practical skills sessions and online learning.

You will develop your clinical skills at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester, with general anaesthesia lists running at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and Trafford General Hospital.

Clinical teaching involves close supervision of a personal cohort of patients with a broad range of paediatric dental needs, including those with dental anomalies, trauma and caries, under supervision by hospital specialists and consultants. Clinical training involves attendance at consultant new patient clinics.

Completing this course will prepare you to practice as a specialist paediatric dentist or pursue a clinical academic or research career in this field. You will be eligible to sit the Membership in Paediatric Dentistry tri-collegiate specialty membership examination upon completion of the course. 

Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide you with a high level of clinical training at the large consultant-led paediatric dental department within the University Dental Hospital of Manchester;
  • provide you with the knowledge and skills to practice at the level of a specialist in paediatric dentistry, including dental treatment of the paediatric patient under local analgesia, inhalational sedation, IV sedation and general anaesthesia;
  • equip you with in-depth critical appraisal skills that will enable you to independently appraise paediatric dental literature;
  • improve your oral presentation skills;
  • ensure you are competent in the design and interpretation of original clinical research at the forefront of current dental research;
  • provide you with the knowledge and experience to plan, implement and complete a research project.

Teaching and learning

We employ a diverse range of teaching methods, including clinical teaching both in the labs and on clinic, didactic lectures, and seminars to help you understand key course concepts.

Additional self-directed learning enables you to reflect upon your clinical work, skills and key concepts introduced within seminars.

Seminars are supervised by consultants and specialists in paediatric dentistry and will enable you to develop communication and presentation skills, as well as appreciate the relevance of scientific study to clinical practice.

In addition, the course is designed to provide a foundation in research skills and methodologies to prepare you for further research or to pursue a clinical academic career.

This complements the research project and dissertation, where master's students have the opportunity to demonstrate the collation and presentation of information in this field.

The varied blend of training methods aims to promote a stimulating and dynamic teaching environment. Inherent within the course is the expectation that you will acquire the skills to enable you to work independently and effectively in an interdisciplinary clinical environment.

Coursework and assessment

Formal assessment for the Research Methods, Biostatistics, and Guideline Development and Implementation units will be undertaken via marked written assignments.

The CPD unit will be assessed via a combination of written and practical examinations.

For the clinical skills component, assessment is through examination of a variety of skills procedures carried out in the skills facility.

For the clinical component, case write-up and presentation, assessment is through marking of both the written component oral presentation of cases and clinical governance projects.

This course will have the majority of its clinical activity in the Paediatric Dental department in the University Dental Hospital of Manchester, with general anaesthesia lists running in the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and Trafford General Hospital. Clinical teaching will be delivered by consultants and specialists in paediatric dentistry.

The dissertation is marked in line with all of our dentistry MSc dissertations.

Course unit details

Year 1

  • Research Methods
  • Biostatistics
  • Guidelines Development and Implementation
  • CPD
  • Clinical treatment and consultation sessions at University Dental Hospital of Manchester
  • Clinical Skills Teaching
  • Seminars
  • Research Project

Year 2

  • Continued Clinical Training
  • Seminars
  • Research Project

Year 3

  • Seminars
  • Continued Clinical Training
  • Research Project

Facilities

You will have access to a range of library and IT facilities across the University.

For the clinical aspects of the course, you may make use of your own premises and Ordsall Dental Health Centre. For the skills aspects of the course, the University's facilities are available.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We will strongly encourage you to attend conferences and courses that will provide CPD. Attendance at journal club and selected seminars will also provide you with some CPD hours.

Career opportunities

Paediatric dentistry is a stimulating and rewarding speciality, and offers a number of career opportunities. Paediatric dentists may work in private practice, the community dental setting and in dental hospitals.

In addition to this clinical role, many paediatric dentists participate in teaching and research. These interests can be combined with part-time clinical work or undertaken on a full-time basis.

In the UK, consultants in paediatric dentistry may work in a community or hospital setting and concentrate on the management of complex, multidisciplinary cases. They also play an important role in the management of the unit in which they work.



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The Dublin Dental University Hospital provides a clinical doctorate programme those results in the award of a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.) from Trinity College Dublin. Read more
The Dublin Dental University Hospital provides a clinical doctorate programme those results in the award of a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.) from Trinity College Dublin. There are six individual strands, five of which are currently available to applicants:

Orthodontics
Paediatric Dentistry
Periodontology
Prosthodontics
Oral Surgery

The three year clinical training programme is recognised as meeting the entry criteria for the speciality FFD examinations held by the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

It is the intention of the courses to develop clinical skills in the light of currently available scientific knowledge. Students are required to attend a course of study and to pass written and clinical examinations throughout the course. There is a significant academic component including design and completion of a research project with the submission of a thesis at Doctorate level at the end of the third year. The thesis will be the subject of a viva voce examination.

The first year of the programme is designed to provide a background in relevant sciences and to develop basic skills within the chosen speciality. The emphasis during the 2nd and 3rd years is on the development of high levels of diagnostic ability, treatment planning, operative skills and patient management.

Paediatric Dentistry: Course Director Dr. Anne O'Connell

The Paediatric Dentistry Training Programme prepares the student both didactically and clinically to manage the child patient (0-16 years) at specialist level in a variety of settings (clinic, hospital, private practice). Clinical experience is provided under consultant supervision in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and in two Paediatric Hospitals. The volume and variety of patients includes healthy children, children with traumatic injuries, children with challenging behaviour, medically compromised children, children with dental anomalies/ syndromes etc. Treatment is provided under local anaesthesia, relative analgesia or general anaesthesia. Interdisciplinary care is co-ordinated with the other specialty programmes. The programme has six modules. In addition, the student is required to complete one or more research projects and present at international meetings. Publication of clinical and research work is encouraged.

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Our Paediatric Dentistry MSc offers you teaching in all aspects of paediatric dentistry, including a hands-on laboratory module in operative dentistry for children. Read more

Our Paediatric Dentistry MSc offers you teaching in all aspects of paediatric dentistry, including a hands-on laboratory module in operative dentistry for children. Our course includes diagnosis, treatment planning and delivery of care requiring non-pharmacological behaviour management strategies and for those requiring oral rehabilitation under sedation or general anaesthesia.

Key benefits

  • Opportunities to see and treat a broad spectrum of patients at Guy's, King's College and St. Thomas' hospitals which are the major referral units in London and the south-east of England.
  • Experience at the Evelina Children's Hospital with children who have special medical problems
  • Six clinical sessions per week, including personal patient treatment, trauma clinics, A&E, multidisciplinary and operative treatment

Description

The programme aims to produce paediatric dentists who are thinkers. Proficient and confident in all areas of clinical Paediatric Dentistry, and capable of literature critique and in the conduct of scientific research. Our students will be able to use their skills and knowledge to set up paediatric dentistry services in both community and hospital settings. 

On completion of the programme the postgraduate should be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • Proficiency in the clinical skills required of a paediatric dentist
  • A knowledge and understanding of communication skills relevant to paediatric dentistry
  • Self-motivation and the capacity to learn and think critically and analytically
  • An ability to analyse and evaluate scientific evidence
  • A deep knowledge and understanding of paediatric dentistry
  • An understanding of a broad range of research methods
  • Skills to participate in dental research

This is a modern course that aims to facilitate reflective learning, clinical judgements, critical analysis, evidence based practice and excellent, empathetic clinical care. The didactic course is predominantly seminar based. A tutor will facilitate the seminars but these will be student led. This means that the students will be expected to present the topic and to critically appraise the literature in the subject area, and present this both in writing and verbally. This approach supports the development of inquisitive thinking, deep learning and helps develop judgement. 

There will be a programme of lectures in selected topics. 

Year 1 students will benefit from a programme of ‘core’ lectures and seminars where they will join postgraduate students from other disciplines. 

Year 2 students will have a lecture programme focused on the management of medically compromised children and the clinical aspects of dental anomalies. 

Clinical Skills 

Students will have an average of six clinical sessions each week throughout the two year programme. Three or four of these will be for personal patient treatment. The other sessions will include trauma clinics/A&E/multidisciplinary clinics, operative treatment under sedation and general anaesthesia,and weekly consultant clinics. 

Research Project 

Students are expected to undertake a research project. This can be laboratory or clinically based. The Dissertation accounts for 33.3% of the course, it is hoped that the projects will be presented at national and international conferences and be suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Course purpose

Our course is one of the best established in the UK. You will work hard, and we hope you will have fun here as well and have a memorable life experience.

Our aim is to develop you to the forefront of Paediatric Dentistry, as clinicians, teachers and future leaders. The clinical activity is predominantly based at St Thomas’ Hospital, Waterloo, with seminars and clinics at Guy’s Hospital, London Bridge and at King’s College Hospital, located in Denmark Hill.

Course format and assessment

Modular programme consisting of 180 credits.

  • Two taught modules, covering the scientific and clinical basis of Paediatric Dentistry usually assessed by written examination;
  • One clinical module, involving supervised clinical practice and examined by a mixture of coursework, clinical examination, oral examination and assessed essays
  • One research module assessed by a dissertation and an oral examination.

Extra information

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King's. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment.

If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.



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Special Care Dentistry provides a theoretical foundation and develops appropriate clinical skills for the care of patients needing special care with particular emphasis on the use of behaviour management techniques, analgesia, sedation and general anaesthesia. Read more

Special Care Dentistry provides a theoretical foundation and develops appropriate clinical skills for the care of patients needing special care with particular emphasis on the use of behaviour management techniques, analgesia, sedation and general anaesthesia. Also covers training in research methods and their practical application.

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned academics.
  • Excellent reputation for treating adults who are dentally anxious with both pharmacological methods and using psychological treatments.
  • Students will receive training and teaching in a range of settings including hospital and community clinics.
  • Hands-on experience in providing dental care for special care patients.
  • The course encompasses all dental disciplines providing a holistic approach to patient care.
  • Close academic contact throughout the programme due to small teaching numbers.
  • There are opportunities to visit external specialist clinics offering experience in other clinical areas.

Description

Provides a theoretical foundation and develops appropriate clinical skills for the care of patients needing special care with particular emphasis on the use of behaviour management techniques, analgesia, sedation and general anaesthesia. It also covers training in research methods and their practical application. You will also undertake a research project. Research focus is on the management of individuals requiring special care and the impact of providing this service for the community.

Course purpose

For clinicians working in general practice, community, hospital and/or university departments who wish to become specialists and leaders in this area of dental care. To increase knowledge about dental care for individuals with special needs and the impact of providing this service for the community.

Course format and assessment

Modular programme consisting of 180 credits, as follows: 

  1. Two taught modules, covering the scientific and clinical basis of sedation and special care dentistry, assessed by written examination;
  2. A clinical module, involving supervised clinical practice and examined by a mixture of case studies on treated and unseen patients;
  3. A research module, involving the submission of a research project including a literature review, with an oral defence of the research.

Extra information

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King's. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment. 

If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.



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This Masters programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to develop clinical and research skills in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Read more

This Masters programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to develop clinical and research skills in oral and maxillofacial surgery. It will provide you with a qualification which will enable you to extend your clinical diagnostic and treatment skills to a higher level. It will also provide you with a solid grounding in research methodologies.

Why this programme

  • You will have access to patients and opportunities to carry out oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures under supervision.
  • The University is well recognised as a centre of excellence for research in the fields of 3D imaging, bone bioengineering and orthognathic surgery.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial surgery are special interests in the surgical specialties, linked with the renowned oral and maxillofacial surgical service in the city and regional hospitals in the west of Scotland.
  • 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

You will take a core course consisting of basic sciences, health sciences and research sciences.

The clinical component is dedicated to didactic teaching, reflective learning, clinical procedures and hands-on training in oral surgery.

Clinical courses

  • Dentoalveolar surgery
  • Oro-facial infections
  • Oral pathology
  • Local anaesthesia, general anaesthesia, sedation
  • Maxillofacial trauma
  • Dentofacial deformities
  • Cleft and craniofacial deformities
  • Temporomandibular disorders
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Oral medicine.

Research component

You will be encouraged to carry out a concise research project using existing facilities alongside our well-established research themes.

Career prospects

Graduates are able to apply for senior house officer posts in the UK, or join a higher research programme leading to PhD qualification.



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Programme description. This programme is aimed at high-calibre graduates in medicine involved in the management of clinical emergencies in children. Read more

Programme description

This programme is aimed at high-calibre graduates in medicine involved in the management of clinical emergencies in children.

It is ideal for trainees in paediatrics and emergency medicine, and also highly relevant for anaesthetists who wish to develop skills in paediatric anaesthesia or paediatric intensive care.

It will also help primary care practitioners who work in remote and rural areas without paediatric support.

The programme is designed to give you the educational background you need to manage medical emergencies in children, throughout the world.

The final year of the programme can be tailored to your circumstances and career goals.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

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.

Programme structure

You may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level.

In Year 1 (certificate), you will study a wide range of specialities in Fundamentals in Paediatric Medicine.

In Year 2 (diploma), you will take the following compulsory courses:

  • Medical Emergencies
  • Surgical Emergencies & Trauma/Anaesthesia & Sedation
  • Additional Topics in Paediatric Emergency Medicine

In Year 3 (masters), you will study the compulsory course Management Issues in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and will undertake a written reflective element from a number of suggested topics.

Read more about how the programme is structured:

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help you achieve a successful career in paediatric emergency medicine with a high quality qualification and the latest understanding and knowledge.



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