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This programme is intended for dental practitioners wishing to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical clinical experience in the treatment planning, surgical placement, restoration and maintenance of dental implants. Read more
This programme is intended for dental practitioners wishing to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical clinical experience in the treatment planning, surgical placement, restoration and maintenance of dental implants. The programme has been designed to allow you to gain experience of the use of dental implants in prosthodontic treatment within a supervised environment. Knowledge is developed using distance learning modules and study days. You will also have the opportunity to carry out a research project or literature review and prepare a dissertation.

We aim to produce caring, knowledgeable and skilful practitioners, who are competent in the provision of the surgical and restorative dental aspects of dental implant treatment, within the limits of the individual clinician.

Programme structure

This modular programme is divided in to three sections - certificate, diploma and MSc levels. All students are admitted to the MSc in the first instance and can choose to exit the programme at certificate or diploma level.

Year One
Five theoretical and practical modules are delivered over a minimum of six study days during the year, as well as through distance-learning material and self-directed study. You will also attend clinical practice placements at the Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Dental Implant Clinic in Bath. During the clinical practice placements you will diagnose, plan treatment and carry out implant placement under supervision in pre-selected patients who are provided for you. After completing year one, candidates can exit the programme at certificate level or carry on to year two.

Year Two
A further five modules are delivered over a minimum of six study days, through distance-learning material, self-directed work and work-based study. In addition, you will again attend clinical practice placements. After successfully completing years one and two, candidates may exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Implantology.

Year Three
After a further year, an MSc will be awarded on the successful completion of a dissertation.

Careers

This programme is aimed at experienced dental practitioners who wish to develop their skills in providing dental implants for their patients in practice.

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This part-time, online modular programme provides masters-level education for primary care clinicians, with a particular emphasis on restorative dentistry. Read more

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.

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

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

Each course 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 programme 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 each week.

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

Year 1 (certificate) and Year 2 (diploma) courses 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

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

An annual summer school will be run in the Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute to reinforce the clinical-skills coaching element of the teaching.

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.



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Our postgraduate certificate in Dental Cone Beam CT Radiological Interpretation is a nine month distance-learning programme to train dentists to be able to use CBCT imaging appropriately to help diagnose clinical problems of the dento-alveolar areas of the jaws, correctly interpret the radiological signs and write structured radiological reports. Read more

Our postgraduate certificate in Dental Cone Beam CT Radiological Interpretation is a nine month distance-learning programme to train dentists to be able to use CBCT imaging appropriately to help diagnose clinical problems of the dento-alveolar areas of the jaws, correctly interpret the radiological signs and write structured radiological reports.

This course is mostly delivered online, so you can study with minimum disruption to your professional and personal life while benefitting from world-class teaching.

Key benefits

  • The first university-based training of its kind.
  • Enables students to understand and interpret the relatively new x-ray imaging modality of cone beam CT, enabling 3-dimensional cross-sectional imaging.
  • Curriculum delivered by expert teaching staff, all at consultant level and GDC-registered specialists in this subject.
  • The Dental Institute is home to the largest dental radiology department in UK, equipped with state-of-the-art CBCT machines.
  • Delivered primarily online, the programme also includes a block of face-to-face lectures and hands-on training at Guy’s Hospital.
  • Curriculum based on the recently adopted pan-European guidelines1 for CB scanner use, lead authored by King’s College London Dental Institute’s Jackie Brown.

Description

The programme provides knowledge and understanding of:

  • Legislation, guidelines and radiation safety in relation to the use of CBCT in dentistry
  • Justification and selection criteria for CBCT and dental radiography: the value and role of each technique
  • CBCT appearance of normal anatomy, artifacts and pathological conditions of the dento-alveolar region including:

Developmental conditions

  • Impacted teeth
  • Cysts and tumours
  • Radiological signs of benign and malignant lesions
  • Bone disease
  • Bone healing and post-surgical change
  • Soft tissue calcifications
  • Understanding of radiological signs of disease

Students will acquire skills in:

  • The process of making a differential diagnosis using radiological evidence
  • Image manipulation (anonymised scans and viewing software* provided)
  • Understanding which clinical problems may or may not be investigated using modern dental X-ray techniques
  • Viewing strategies for certain clinical applications e.g. impacted lower third molars, implants, endodontics, orthodontics
  • Understanding variations in normal anatomy in dental and maxillofacial regions
  • Critical awareness of limitations of CBCT and dental radiography and the impact of imaging artefacts on radiological interpretation
  • Writing radiological reports using a structured approach and concise description

Teaching

The course is a blended learning programme taught primarily online through the King’s College London’s online learning environment, KEATS (King's E-learning and Teaching Service) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. Content is supplemented by online seminars and tutorials delivered by teaching staff.

The compulsory face-to-face component takes place for five consecutive days in September at King’s College London, Guy’s campus. This component will consist of four days of lectures, practical exercises, mock oral exams and tutor feedback, which will help to prepare students for the final exams taking place on the fifth day.

*In order to view and manipulate CT scans during your online self study activities, you will be required to use free software that only runs on Windows operating systems. More details will be given at the start of the course.

Notes for applicants

The course does not provide great detail on implant planning or image-guided planning/surgery, for which dedicated software is often required.

We have designed the postgraduate training for dentists who want to understand CBCT imaging and wish to write interpretation reports on CBCT scans of dento-alveolar region.

This course is not intended to train a dentist to become a radiologist. In UK, a radiologist is trained within a scheme approved by the regional LETB/Deanery, in a hospital setting, which requires minimum of 4 years full-time training and is examined by the Royal College of Radiologists.

Course format and assessment

The course is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 60 credits.

You are required to take:

  • Physics and Regulations (20 credits)
  • Anatomy (20 credits)
  • Interpretation (20 credits)

Each module consists of 6 units. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework, written and oral examinations.



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Our Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry MSc (AMID) provides a beneficial clinical and business approach to tooth-preserving caries management in dental practice. Read more

Our Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry MSc (AMID) provides a beneficial clinical and business approach to tooth-preserving caries management in dental practice. Our programme is designed for dentists and Dental Care Professionals to develop minimum intervention preventive and tooth-preserving operative, patient management and practice management skills. The course will give you the tools to maximise both the clinical effectiveness and financial potential of your dental practice.

This innovative MSc is structured to meet your professional development needs with minimal disruption to family and work commitments, while enabling you to gain a higher qualification from King’s.

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned centre of excellence for teaching and research in dentistry.
  • Pioneers of distance learning in dentistry with over 20 years’ experience.
  • Intensive face-to-face residential blocks to learn and master the latest techniques.
  • International teaching team of experts including MI practicing dentists.

Description

We are offering this course in response to the dental profession’s push towards a minimum intervention, preventive approach to caring for patients' oral health in general and private practice all over the world.

Our Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry programme, open to dentists and therapists, provides the latest evidence-based knowledge in minimum intervention/minimally invasive dentistry and enables students to integrate this patient care philosophy into their dental practice. There is focus on using the team of dental care professionals to assist in delivery, on suitable marketing strategies, and on learning practice-based research methodology.

You will study and practice the latest minimally invasive remineralising and tooth preserving operative technologies, and adhesive restorative materials and techniques, to prevent, manage and treat dental disease aesthetically.

The programme will give you:

  • A scientific basis in cariology and disease pathology.
  • Experience of detection, diagnosis, risk assessment and care planning for patients with complex dental health problems.
  • Prevention and control management strategies (including remineralisation) for patient groups and individuals.
  • The skills to develop marketing strategies to promote your practice and the minimal intervention care philosophy to patients using the latest social media frameworks.
  • The ability to carry out minimally invasive tooth-preserving aesthetic clinical treatment of patients with caries and other restorative or aesthetic problems.
  • Modern minimally invasive aesthetic operative skills required for tooth preparation and restoration.
  • Direction on how to put these concepts into real-life practice from day one of the course.

The programme is taught by a world-renowned, expert team of clinical academics and practising clinicians, based both in the UK and internationally, and led by Professor Avijit Banerjee. The course has support from several leading dental industry companies that may provide relevant dental materials and equipment for your dental practice during the programme. 

View course taster.

Please note - The provision of any clinical opinions, care planning, care plans and/or any advice in relation to care of individual patients will not be provided by the teachers and staff of the programme. Patient treatment and care is the sole responsibility of the treating clinician. Advice regarding the suitability of a clinical case for submission for the clinical module can be given at the tutor’s discretion.

Intensive face-to-face training blocks

The course features a compulsory block of face-to-face teaching and practical training in London during year one for five days, and in year two for seven days. During these blocks you will receive clinical skills training under expert supervision at our Guy’s Campus in the Dental Institute’s state-of-the-art teaching facilities at Guy’s Hospital. These blocks are an invaluable way to consolidate learning and progress to the final year.

Teaching

You will be taught mostly online through King's E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. This gives you the freedom to study without interrupting your work and personal life, and to put your skills directly into practice. Our students participate in online tutorials and discussion groups, interacting with expert tutors and their fellow students. Face-to-face lectures and hands-on training take place in blocks in the first two years. Students are required to undertake and build a reflective log of clinical work in their own general practice. 

Course format and assessment

60% of your first and second year modules will be assessed through exams and 40% through in-course assessment, with the exception of Operative Dentistry – clinical skills, which is assessed through a practical exercise and accompanying written paper. Your final-year modules will be assessed through a clinical case portfolio and a dissertation.

You can take your exams in London or, for overseas students, at centres in your country of residence.



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Bristol University Open Learning for Dentists is a very popular modular distance learning programme for students aiming to achieve the Certificate or Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies. Read more
Bristol University Open Learning for Dentists is a very popular modular distance learning programme for students aiming to achieve the Certificate or Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies. It provides a unique form of dental postgraduate education, designed for busy dental practitioners.

Students must complete three units (60 credits) from a choice of 11 to achieve the certificate or six units (120 credits) to achieve the diploma. Each unit provides a structured programme that involves reading, study days and assessments.

This method of study is not led by teachers in a classroom but is supported by tutors and administration at a distance, offering the flexibility to suit your personal needs. The units are specially written for the programme and are designed to be interactive, giving you the opportunity to think and learn for yourself. Following successful completion of the diploma, students may carry out a research project and prepare a dissertation to achieve an MSc.

All students applying for Postgraduate Dental Studies will initially be enrolled on to the certificate, and on satisfactory completion will be transferred to the diploma.

Occasional route of study]

The occasional route of study is an option for students who do not want a formal postgraduate qualification but still want to register for individual units. After successful completion of a unit, the student is awarded a transcript confirming that they have attained 20 credits; this could later be used in an application for Recognition of Prior Learning. CPD hours are also awarded. Students who have completed a unit via the occasional route may transfer to the certificate programme, subject to availability of places. The modular fee is the same regardless of the route of study.

Programme structure

The year is divided into three teaching blocks and students may only take one unit per block. Programme material is posted on Blackboard, an online learning environment. There are between one and four elements per unit and they contain assignments to be completed by the student. The units normally available are:
-Anxiety Management
-Conscious Sedation
-Endodontics
-Full Denture Prosthetics
-Law and Ethics
-Local Anaesthesia
-Periodontics
-Surgical Skills 1 and 2

There are one to two compulsory study days per unit, usually held on Fridays or Saturdays. These cover areas that do not lend themselves well to distance learning, such as hands-on sessions.

Careers

The aim of this programme is to inform and enhance the current practice of busy dental practitioners. In future some of the units may be helpful for gaining a contract with the NHS to provide clinical services as a Dentist with Special Interests or Dentists with Extended Services, which may be introduced in England.

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Our Aesthetic Dentistry MSc is an innovative programme that will give you the skills and knowledge to provide high-quality functional dental restorations with optimal aesthetic value. Read more

Our Aesthetic Dentistry MSc is an innovative programme that will give you the skills and knowledge to provide high-quality functional dental restorations with optimal aesthetic value. The course focuses on training you to provide dental care where there is a clinical need to restore oral health and function, and also covers cosmetic and facial techniques. This course is mostly delivered online, so you can study anywhere in the world with minimum disruption to your professional and personal life while benefitting from world-class teaching.

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned centre of excellence for teaching and research in dentistry.
  • Pioneers of distance learning in dentistry with over 20 years’ experience.
  • Intensive face-to-face residential blocks to learn and practice contemporary clinical techniques at world-class training facilities.
  • Course material delivered by a team of highly experienced clinical tutors and academics, many of whom are world-leaders in their field.
  • Multi-authored online course text material supported by extensive references and access to institutional library facilities.
  • Online support through regular webinars and tutorials presented by core staff and expert tutors.

Description

This course is ideally suited to dentists who already have an established dental practice and want to study an evidence-based approach to aesthetic treatment. Our programme director, Dr Subir Banerji, has helped many dental graduates, both nationally and internationally, to achieve their postgraduate goals, broadening their horizons and delivery of dental care.

  • You will explore all aspects of smile design, from non-invasive to full coverage techniques involving a range of aesthetic materials.
  • You will study all restorative aspects applicable to aesthetic dentistry with an emphasis on functional stability, predictability and longevity of the aesthetic outcome.
  • The curriculum also includes comprehensive diagnosis, treatment planning, prevention, occlusion, minimal intervention techniques and ethical marketing.

View course taster.

Please note - The provision of any clinical opinions, treatment planning, treatment plans and/or any advice in relation to care of individual patients will not be provided by the teachers and staff of the programme. Patient treatment and care is the sole responsibility of the treating clinician. Advice regarding the suitability of a clinical case for submission for the clinical module can be given at the tutor’s discretion.

In March 2017, Dr Subir Banerji and Dr Shamir Mehta released a book titled Practical Procedures in Aesthetic Dentistry. This book presents a comprehensive collection of videos demonstrating clinical techniques in aesthetic and restorative dentistry, and is accompanied by a handbook summarising the key points of each procedure. The book also includes:

  • Interactive website hosting over nine hours of video
  • Accompanying illustrated handbook summarising key points
  • Expert teaching across a comprehensive range of aesthetic and restorative procedures
  • International team of contributors with clinical and academic expertise

Further information is available on the publishers website here.

Intensive face-to-face training blocks

Delivered primarily online, the course also provides 19 days of intensive teaching and practical training in London. Our expert tutors will give you guidance on complex dental procedures at our specialist postgraduate teaching centre, LonDEC, situated at our Waterloo Campus, which offers state-of-the-art dental training facilities. These blocks are an invaluable way to consolidate learning and progress to the final year. 

Teaching

You will be taught mostly online through King's E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. This gives you the freedom to study without interrupting your work and personal life, and to put your skills directly into practice. Our students participate in online tutorials and discussion groups, interacting with expert tutors and their fellow students. Face-to-face lectures and hands-on training take place in blocks in the first two years. Students are required to undertake and build a reflective log of clinical work in their own general practice. 

Course format and assessment

60% per cent of each module will be assessed through exams and 40% through assignments, with the exception of the Case Reports modulewhich is assessed through a clinical log book and the Final Report module, which is a 10,000-word written assignment.

You can take your exams in London or, for overseas students, at centres in your country of residence.



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This programme aims to. -Provide a higher degree in orthodontics for dental graduates. -Prepare students for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) at one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons. Read more
This programme aims to:
-Provide a higher degree in orthodontics for dental graduates.
-Prepare students for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) at one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.

This programme produces motivated clinician scientists capable of obtaining high clinical standards in an objective manner. The Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) will enable you to develop the ability to design, undertake and apply appropriate research to relevant clinical problems.

Applications for a position on this programme as a specialist trainee in orthodontics will be made through the national recruitment process, which is likely to be advertised in the British Dental Journal.

We will also accept university-based applications from international applicants, followed by shortlisting and interviews of selected candidates.

There are usually eight positions for home students: one each in Taunton, Yeovil, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Exeter, and three opportunities in Bristol/Bath. There is also the opportunity for two overseas students in Bristol/Bath and one overseas student in Bristol/Swindon.

Programme structure

The programme is broadly divided between academic modules, treatment of patients under close supervision and a research project.

The academic teaching component is a comprehensive lecture/seminar programme covering all aspects of orthodontics, relevant basic medical sciences and research methods. We have developed a programme with both internal and external speakers who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen topics. Please see the school website for a full list of areas covered by the modular programme.

Treatment sessions with your own patients, diagnostic clinics, case seminars and topic-related tutorials are included in the teaching. To increase the diversity of clinical experience, you will also be supervised by several different consultants during your training. A number of treated cases are prepared for the MOrth examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons in the summer of the third year of the programme.

As part of the programme, students carry out an investigation and prepare a research dissertation, which must include a critical review of the relevant literature. It is also a requirement that material is prepared and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal during the three-year programme. Projects are diverse and cover contemporary areas of clinical practice and laboratory-based research in orthodontics. This research is examined in the autumn of the final year.

Careers

The DDS/ MOrth programme will equip you with the necessary skills for entry into orthodontic specialist practice.

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Our web-based MRes Dental Public Health course is designed for students who want to develop skills for health services research to help improve oral health for whole populations. Read more

Our web-based MRes Dental Public Health course is designed for students who want to develop skills for health services research to help improve oral health for whole populations.

This course is especially suited to those who want to go on to undertake a PhD, but have limited experience of research.

You will collaborate online with colleagues from across the world to explore practical, evidence-based approaches to care, prevention and planning services.

The course has been recognised for higher training in the specialty and confers eligibility to sit the Diploma in Dental Public Health examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (DDPHRCS).

Our students come from a range of occupations, including clinicians, managers, commissioners, providers or researchers. Our tutors will work with you to apply what you learn within your own context and healthcare system.

Aims

We aim to enable you to:

  • critically assess evidence that underlies oral health practice;
  • use a population approach to health issues;
  • demonstrate skills that contribute to public health policy-making and service planning;
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to research and answer population health questions;
  • apply your research skills to a PhD programme.

You will also be able to critically appraise the evidence base and take an international perspective on population health.

Special features

Connect with students from around the world

This course runs alongside the Master of Public Health (MPH) course at Manchester. There are currently around 200 students from 24 countries enrolled across both courses.

Teaching and learning

Online course delivery

The primary method of course delivery is via the internet, using technology that allows tutors to encourage active communication and discussion between participants on the course. This enables you to learn through easy access to a wealth of web-based materials and published articles, both from the course tutors and other students.

Induction residential course 

A two-day residential is held jointly with the MPH, MDPH and MRes courses at The University of Manchester at the beginning of the first academic year. It is designed to give everyone the necessary technical training and general orientation of materials that you will use throughout the course. You are encouraged to attend the residential, but it is not compulsory, as the same induction material is available online.

Coursework and assessment

Unit assessments

The assessment of each course unit is by written assignment rather than exams. Typically, assessment of each unit would involve a mid-semester and end-of-semester assignment. The word count of the assignments is typically 1,000 and 4,000 respectively.

Additionally, some assessment may be made of your contribution to online discussion.

Dissertation

The dissertation is worth 90 credits and should be between 15,000-18,000 words in length. It will comprise one of the following options:

  • a research protocol/grant application;
  • a research report, usually the secondary analysis of a dataset;
  • a qualitative or theoretical study;
  • a structured literature review.

Course unit details

You should expect to spend, on average, approximately 10-15 hours a week for every course unit studied.

Part-time students are advised to take only one course unit in the first semester.

Qualitative Research Methods is a prerequisite for any students planning a qualitative dissertation.

Career opportunities

Our course will enable you to apply your new skills and knowledge to conducting research into planning and delivering oral health services in your own area of work.

Some graduates may also go on to work towards the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons.



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Our web-based Master of Dental Public Health (MDPH) course is designed for students who want to improve oral health for whole populations. Read more

Our web-based Master of Dental Public Health (MDPH) course is designed for students who want to improve oral health for whole populations.

You will collaborate online with colleagues from across the world to explore practical, evidence-based approaches to care, prevention and planning services. No prior detailed knowledge of dentistry, the NHS or service planning is assumed.

The course is recognised for higher training in the specialty and confers eligibility to sit the Diploma in Dental Public Health examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (DDPHRCS). This grounding in methodology is also great preparation for a PhD.

Our students come from a range of occupations, including clinicians, managers, commissioners, providers or researchers. Our tutors will work with you to apply what you learn within your own context and healthcare system.

Aims

We aim to enable you to:

  • critically assess evidence that underlies oral health practice;
  • use a population approach to health issues;
  • demonstrate skills that contribute to public health policy-making and service planning;
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to research and answer population health questions;
  • take an international perspective on population health.

Special features

Connect with students from around the world

This course runs alongside the Master of Public Health (MPH) course at Manchester. There are currently around 200 students from 24 countries enrolled across both courses.

Teaching and learning

Online course delivery

The primary method of course delivery is via the internet, using technology that allows tutors to encourage active communication and discussion between participants on the course. This enables you to learn through easy access to a wealth of web-based materials and published articles, both from the course tutors and other students.

Residential course 

A two-day residential is held jointly with the MPH course at The University of Manchester at the beginning of the course. It is designed to give everyone the necessary technical training and general orientation of materials that you will use throughout the course. You are encouraged to attend the residential, but it is not compulsory, as the same induction material is available online.

Coursework and assessment

Unit assessments

The assessment of each course unit is by written assignment rather than exams. Typically, assessment of each unit would involve a mid-semester and end-of-semester assignment. The word count of the assignments is typically 1,000 and 4,000 respectively.

Additionally, some assessment may be made of your contribution to online discussion.

Dissertation

MDPH students will work with a supervisor on a project tailored to your own interests. The MDPH dissertation report is worth 60 credits and will be between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.

There are five options for dissertation work:

  • research grant proposal
  • quantitative research report
  • structured literature review
  • academic public health report
  • qualitative/ theoretical study.

Course unit details

You should expect to spend, on average, approximately 10-15 hours a week for each course unit studied.

Part-time students usually enrol on a minimum of one course unit per semester, so that the coursework is completed within four years. However, the course can be taken at your own pace, provided it is completed within five years.

Part-time students are advised to take at least two core units in the first year of the course, one in each semester.

What our students say

Read about MDPH graduate Anne-Marie Agius 's experience of studying for her master's degree from Malta.

Facilities

The course materials will link you to key journal articles, e-books and other online resources.

The facilities and support of the University of Manchester library will be available to you as a distance learner to enable you to search, retrieve and make sense of the quality sources around the topics studied.

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

Individual units from this course are available as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please contact us for more information.

Career opportunities

Our course will enable you to apply your new skills and knowledge to planning and delivering oral health services in your own area of work.

Some graduates may also go on to work towards the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.



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Our Fixed & Removable Prosthodontics MClinDent is a comprehensive restorative dentistry programme focusing on fixed and removable prosthodontics, designed to advance skills in complex multi-disciplinary dental problems. Read more

Our Fixed & Removable Prosthodontics MClinDent is a comprehensive restorative dentistry programme focusing on fixed and removable prosthodontics, designed to advance skills in complex multi-disciplinary dental problems.

Designed for dental practitioners in high-level practice, you will use these skills in your own practice throughout the course. This course is mostly delivered online, so you can study anywhere in the world with minimum disruption to your professional and personal life while benefitting from world-class teaching.

A key feature of this innovative blended learning programme is the face-to-face teaching block which takes place in the first three years. An invaluable way to consolidate learning, and network with peers and teachers, you will benefit from between 9-10 days of continuous intensive training and learning in each of years one to three. Students may now choose to attend this in London or Dubai, at state-of-the-art clinical training facilities in both locations.

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned centre of excellence for teaching and research in dentistry.
  • Pioneers of distance learning in dentistry with over 20 years’ experience.
  • Course material delivered by a team of highly experienced clinical tutors and academics, many of whom are world-leaders in their field.
  • Intensive face-to-face residential blocks to learn and practice contemporary clinical techniques at world-class training facilities – now in London and Dubai
  • Students develop their clinical skills in restorative dentistry, enabling treatment of a wider variety of patients and referring fewer patients externally.
  • Designed to advance skills in complex multi-disciplinary dental problems including tooth wear, complex aesthetics and occlusal problems.

Description

This programme will develop your clinical skills in restorative dentistry, enabling you to treat the variety of patients that visit your practice. We have designed the course to advance your skills, especially in complex multi-disciplinary dental problems such as tooth wear, complex aesthetics and occlusal problems.

We have designed this course to provide theory, support and discussion groups using a dedicated virtual learning environment, so that you can access content wherever you are in the world. 

Our programme director, Professor Brian Millar, has helped many dental graduates, both nationally and internationally, to achieve their postgraduate goals, and develop their clinical skills in restorative dentistry, enabling treatment of a wider variety of patients and referring fewer patients externally.

View course taster.

Please note - Clinical support for FRP students is provided through:

  • clinical case discussion for diagnosis and treatment planning
  • comprehensive tutor feedback on clinical work completed in practice
  • case discussion opportunities during the face to face teaching blocks
  • tutor guided online seminars for case discussion and treatment planning

While advice regarding patient treatment is given by our experienced clinical team, the clinical responsibility for patient treatment remains with the clinician providing the treatment.

Intensive face-to-face training blocks

Delivered primarily online, the course also provides 28 days of intensive teaching and practical training in London or Dubai over the first three years. Our expert tutors will give you guidance on complex dental procedures at specialist teaching centres. When you apply for the course, you will be able to opt to attend either at LonDEC in London or at the 3M Innovation Center in Dubai. Places at both centres are subject to availability and early application is advised to secure your preference. These blocks are an invaluable way to consolidate learning and progress through the course.

Teaching

You will be taught mostly online through King's E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. This gives you the freedom to study without interrupting your work and personal life, and to put your skills directly into practice. Our students participate in online tutorials and discussion groups, interacting with expert tutors and their fellow students. Face-to-face lectures and hands-on training take place in blocks in the first three years. Students are required to undertake and build a reflective log of clinical work in their own general practice. 

Course format and assessment

60% per cent of each module will be assessed through exams and 40% through assignments, with the exception of the Clinical 1 and 2 modules, which are assessed through a portfolio of case work, and the Research module which will be a dissertation.

You can take your exams in London or, for overseas students, at centres in your country of residence.



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There are very few aspects of dentistry that do not rely on materials, and the science of dental materials is arguably the most important subject that a dental practitioner, allied teacher or researcher should learn. Read more

There are very few aspects of dentistry that do not rely on materials, and the science of dental materials is arguably the most important subject that a dental practitioner, allied teacher or researcher should learn.

This programme provides a foundation in key materials science principles and training skills for successful research and publication, towards the development of the next generation of materials and processes.

The one-year full time (and two-year part-time) Masters programme welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds from clinical practitioners and dental technicians who are required to teach the subject, to those pursuing a career in a related research field, whether having a clinical or non-clinical undergraduate education, and whether from the UK or abroad.

The programme:

  • will provide mechanical, physical and chemical properties of materials as structured systems, including bulk and surface properties at the molecular, micro-, and macroscopic level and interaction of materials with the biological environment.
  • will help you develop a critical understanding of factors that determine the successful clinical application of dental materials and contribute to state-of-the-art and emerging dental material technologies, including digital dentistry and manufacturing and the future of dental materials and related tools.
  • is focused on a research-led educational programme where theoretical concepts of materials science delivered by a range of teaching methods are reinforced by gaining insight and deeper understanding within a laboratory setting. 
  • is based on practical exploration of concepts, generating ideas and assembling and testing explanations, ultimately providing a strong foundation for the final 12-week research project and developing career research skills beyond.
  • is based on the format and delivery of existing and successful MSc programmes in Dental Materials Science established by Professor Brian Darvell (University of Hong Kong, University of Kuwait, and now University of Birmingham) and is led by Professor William Palin (University of Birmingham).

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.

We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.

Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.

With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.

We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.

Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

  • If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk


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This course will equip you with a critical, systematic understanding of oral pathological conditions that require diagnosis by histopathological methods. Read more

About the course

This course will equip you with a critical, systematic understanding of oral pathological conditions that require diagnosis by histopathological methods. You’ll study the laboratory methods used to prepare oral diagnostic material for histopathological examination and the research tools used to advance the practice of diagnostic oral pathology.

We teach you competence in the microscopical diagnosis of common and significant oral pathological lesions. You’ll learn when further information or additional procedures are needed to confirm a diagnosis.

Your career

We offer clinical and non-clinical courses that will further your career and develop your interests. Many of our clinical graduates go on to specialist dental practice, hospital practice or academic posts.

World-leading dental school

Our internationally recognised oral and dental research is organised into two overarching themes: ‘clinical and person centred’ and ‘basic and applied’. These themes are supported by three interdisciplinary research groups: Bioengineering and Health Technologies, Integrated Bioscience, and Person Centred and Population Oral Health.

We believe that dental science should not be constrained by the traditional boundaries created by specific clinical disciplines and that progress derives from a multidisciplinary approach. Our research supports our teaching enabling a blended approach to learning.
Your course will make the most of virtual learning environments and advanced practical sessions, as well as traditional lectures and seminars.

Facilities

You’ll develop your clinical skills in one of our two clinical skills labs or in our new virtual reality Simulation Suite where you can use haptic technology to undertake a range of clinical techniques.

You’ll complete your clinical training in Sheffield’s Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, part of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. There are 150 dental units with modern facilities for treatment under sedation, a well-equipped dental radiography department, oral pathology laboratories and a hospital dental production laboratory.

We have new modern research facilities and laboratories for tissue culture, molecular biology, materials science and histology- microscopy. All laboratories have dedicated technical support and academic expertise to guide you.

Core modules

Basic Principles of Pathology; Basic Techniques in Histopathology; Research Problems and Approaches; Laboratory Research Methods; Diagnostic Oral Histopathology; Advanced Oral Histopathology; Current Concepts in Dentistry; Dissertation.

Teaching

Teaching is through an induction period, observational work- shadowing, supervised reporting, staff and student-led seminars, practical laboratory techniques, lectures, literature review, dissertation, independent directed self-study.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through introductory multi-choice assessment, examinations at the end of each semester consisting of written papers and a microscope-based exam, assessed essays and presentations at journal clubs and seminars, dissertation project.

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Our Endodontics MSc is designed to give you the skills to successfully and confidently manage more complex and demanding endodontic cases. Read more

Our Endodontics MSc is designed to give you the skills to successfully and confidently manage more complex and demanding endodontic cases. We will provide the latest evidence-based knowledge in endodontology enabling you to successfully integrate endodontic therapy with other aspects of restorative dentistry, and learn research methodology

This course is mostly delivered online, so you can study anywhere in the world with minimum disruption to your professional and personal life while benefitting from world-class teaching.

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned centre of excellence for teaching and research in dentistry.
  • Pioneers of distance learning in dentistry with over 20 years’ experience.
  • Intensive face-to-face residential blocks to learn and practice contemporary clinical techniques at world-class training facilities.
  • Course material delivered by a team of highly experienced clinical tutors and academics, many of whom are world-leaders in their field.
  • Multi-authored online course text material supported by extensive references and access to institutional library facilities.
  • Combines online learning, clinical practice and face-to-face teaching for minimal disruption to family and work commitments.

Description

This is a three-year programme leading to an MSc in Endodontics. You will study the scientific basis of endodontology, diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with complex endodontic problems, and clinical treatment of patients with endodontic and other restorative problems. You will also study and develop research methodology skills to enable you to undertake a research project and further your expertise. We will train you with the latest evidence-based knowledge in endodontology and enable you to successfully integrate endodontic therapy with the other aspects of restorative dentistry.

Our programme director, Dr Federico Foschi, has helped many dental graduates, both nationally and internationally, to achieve their postgraduate goals, broaden their horizons and confidently manage more complex and demanding endodontic cases.

View course taster.

Please note - The provision of any clinical opinions, treatment planning, treatment plans and/or any advice in relation to care of individual patients will not be provided by the teachers and staff of the programme. Patient treatment and care is the sole responsibility of the treating clinician. Advice regarding the suitability of a clinical case for submission for the clinical module can be given at the tutor’s discretion.

Intensive face-to-face training blocks

Delivered primarily online, the course also provides 14 days of intensive teaching and practical training in London. Our expert tutors will give you guidance on complex dental procedures at our specialist postgraduate teaching centre, LonDEC, situated at our Waterloo Campus, which offers state-of-the-art dental training facilities. These blocks are an invaluable way to consolidate learning and progress to the final year.

Teaching

You will be taught mostly online through King's E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. This gives you the freedom to study without interrupting your work and personal life, and to put your skills directly into practice. Our students participate in online tutorials and discussion groups, interacting with expert tutors and their fellow students. Face-to-face lectures and hands-on training take place in blocks in the first two years. Students are required to undertake and build a reflective log of clinical work in their own general practice. 

Course format and assessment

60% per cent of each module will be assessed through exams and 40% through assignments, with the exception of the Operative Procedures module and the Endodontic retreatment/Surgery & restoration of endodontically treated teeth module, which will be assessed through clinical portfolios, and your final project, which will be a 10,000-word written report.

You can take your exams in London or, for overseas students, at centres in your country of residence.



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If you work in and lead a dental practice, this short distance learning course will enable you to prepare for a successful inspection. Read more

Why take this course?

If you work in and lead a dental practice, this short distance learning course will enable you to prepare for a successful inspection. You will learn how to apply key theories and professional practice in leading and managing people, to ensure that patient safety is at the heart of your dental practice. This course has been developed in partnership with the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Develop leadership and management skills
Explore national healthcare policy and processes
Analyse the roles of key stakeholders

What opportunities might it lead to?

The content and structure of this short distance learning course has been designed within a Masters framework, meaning on successful completion you will accrue 30 credits. You can use this continue with professional development and study at Masters Level. Successful completion will enable you to prepare your practice and lead your staff through an inspection from any of the key stakeholders. You will also be able to demonstrate a range of transferable skills including policy writing, appraisal, the ability to communicate, argue complex ideas verbally, and the ability to evaluate the ideas of others objectively.

Module Details

Topics will include:

Leadership and management
Policy development
Risk assessment
Appraisal
Revalidation

Programme Assessment

Studying at a distance doesn’t mean studying alone and being left to fend for yourself. Rather, distance learning means studying at a time and place which suits you, with all of the resources that you need readily accessible. Your distance learning journey is well-supported by Dental Academy Staff.

Course content is delivered using the Moodle platform and a blended learning approach, utilising e- learning you will be directed to a range of electronically sourced material. You will also have access to the University of Portsmouth Library who provide an excellent service for students who choose to study at a distance. Skills4Study Campus from Palgrave Macmillan is the University of Portsmouth's online study skills resource; its modules cover all of your essential study skills needs which can be accessed from the Moodle course '[email protected]'. As part of the course you will also do coursework to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes, development of knowledge transfer and evidence based inquiry. The focus is on the application of learning in a work related context through reflection.

Assessment is 100% Coursework:

1. Written report of 2,500 words

2. Portfolio of evidence (collection of evidence and a 2,500 word reflection on the principles of Quality Assurance)

3. An online poster presentation of a risk assessment undertaken at own practice.

Student Destinations

On completing this course, you will become skilled in decision making, reflection and self awareness enabling you to develop and lead a successful dental practice that respects both the patient and the staff. Many of our graduates choose to continue with postgraduate study to complete Master’s or Professional Doctorates and PhDs.

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This programme develops students’ knowledge and enhances clinical skills through hands-on clinical experience in oral surgery. Read more
This programme develops students’ knowledge and enhances clinical skills through hands-on clinical experience in oral surgery. Following a series of study days and clinical skills teaching, students will undertake a clinical attachment within the University of Bristol Dental Hospital where they will treat oral surgery patients under the supervision of hospital specialists.

Students will spend two days every month, for up to nine months, attending outpatient clinics and operating under close supervision in the oral surgery department of the School of Oral and Dental Sciences, University of Bristol Dental Hospital.

Our programme has been specifically designed for experienced dental practitioners who want to develop their skills in providing clinical oral surgery for their patients in practice.

There will be a mixed delivery approach, including direct clinical supervision, small group teaching, clinical skills sessions (eg suture simulation), and self-directed learning using virtual learning environment material

The module titles are Surgical Skills 1, Surgical Skills 2 and Clinical Attachment. Assessment will be by written assignment, online MCQ, e-assessment, clinical competency work-based assessments and portfolio.

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