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.
As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.
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This full-time course is open to international applicants only.
This unique course will advance your skills and clinical development in general dental practice providing core skills in oral health, patient challenges and dealing with complex dental cases. The course has a heavily clinically-based nature and is the only course in the UK that provides an integrated postgraduate clinical education.
The course has been designed in close collaboration with General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) to provide flexible, tailored support and will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills to provide more complex care for patients.
Aimed at experienced dental surgeons seeking personal, professional and clinical progression the course will develop your problem solving skills within a patient-focused clinical setting.
Using specially designed Case-Based Learning, you'll be able to relate your learning to a simulated clinical case, thereby embedding your newfound knowledge in a meaningful and useful way.
The programme includes:
Modules total 120 credits each year of which 40-60 credits will be clinical practice.
This suite of modules aims to update your knowledge in new innovations and emerging evidence to provide a firm foundation on which to build your new skills.
Pillars of Oral Health (20 credits)
Takes the knowledge and application of the scientific evidence behind prevention and management of the key dental diseases to a more advanced level.
Patient Challenges (20 credits)
Expands applied knowledge of more complex and challenging patient interactions.
Managing Dental Aesthetics and the Worn Dentition (20 credits)
Will consider dental appearance and indications for restoration of tooth surface loss.
Refreshing and Refining Skills (60 credits)
The rehearsal of clinical skills will be validated before progression to management of real cases in the clinics of the Dental Institute.
Year two develops higher level skills in more complex and challenging situations.
Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery (20 credits)
Equips you to diagnose and manage more complex oral medical and surgical issues.
Endodontics and Traumatology (20 credits)
To develop and apply a higher level of knowledge in this discipline.
Advanced Periodontology and Restorative Dentistry (20 credits)
Consideration will be given to complex issues in periodontology and restorative dentistry.
Research Methodology and Statistics (10 credits)
Prepare for the final year independent research project with this research skills module.
Developing and Expanding Skills (50 credits)
Applied knowledge gained in case-based learning modules is translated into the clinical setting.
Year three culminates in an original independent research dissertation giving you the opportunity to explore your area of interest in-depth. There is also a Clinical Audit Project where you will be able to choose an area of practice in which you wish to undertake an audit project.
Research dissertation (40 credits)
You will undertake an individual project and so deepen their understanding of the philosophy of research, ethics and ethical approval, good practice and research methodology. You will gain experience of working within research groups with clinical and non-clinical colleagues.
Clinical Audit Project (10 credits)
Discuss how you can improve clinical practice to make a positive difference to your patients. The project includes how to plan an audit, collect different types of data and how to compile, analyse and interpret data and implement change.
Multidisciplinary Management of the Complex Case (20 credits)
This module addresses multi-disciplinary issues such as diagnosis and management of atypical facial pain and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Dealing with Complexity and Challenge (50 credits)
This module develops more complex skills in challenging situations in a supported environment.
Teaching will take place in small groups as a series of modules covering case based learning platforms and enhanced clinical education at the Leeds Dental Institute.
You will be taught by staff with a wealth of General Dental Practice experience. Learning will be tailored to General Dental Practitioners.
You will have access to our world-leading virtual learning platform including the use of the largest clinical rehearsal suite in Europe.
You will be assessed on your ability to apply your knowledge of advanced dental practice alongside competency of performing clinical procedures.
Assessment of professional standards is a key feature and includes the submission of a “living” portfolio covering a professional development plan, 360 degree feedback, results of patient surveys and personal reflection.
This unique programme includes extensive clinical experience and assessment of skills and will support your clinical development to an Advanced level. These higher level skills will be invaluable to future employers in your home country and will allow you to upskill in core competences in dentistry.
The Doctor of Dental Surgery is Australia's only masters-level qualification for training general dental practitioners. The Doctor of Dental Surgery creates a new benchmark in 21st century education.
The degree leads to registration as a general dental practitioner with the Dental Practice Board in Australia and New Zealand, and creates a pathway to enter the Master of Philosophy, PhD or Doctor of Clinical Dentistry.
With state-of-the-art technologies, the Doctor of Dental Surgery uses new infrastructure, including a 100 seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne University Dental Clinic, for advanced clinical teaching.
Highly qualified academics with research experience from leading universities around the world deliver the course using lectures, pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry.
The curriculum is based on scientific evidence in oral health, imparting advanced philosophies, skills and knowledge related to all areas of clinical dental practice and research.
As part of the four year full-time degree, students spend significant time in provision of patient care, using advanced materials and clinical methods, as well as undertake a two-year research project in oral health. In final year, students have the unique opportunity to experience working in a private practice setting, and they learn how to run a small business.
Located in Carlton, the Melbourne Dental School provides a stimulating and intellectually challenging environment at the forefront of oral health, state-of-the-art technologies and international collaborations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
This international online Masters programme from the School of Dentistry is specially designed for primary dental care providers who want to advance their clinical skills and knowledge, with the primary objective of enhancing the quality of their patient care.
With 13 years of experience in successfully delivering this course on our campus, it is now available as an online distance learning programme, making it easier to fit in with the lives of busy practitioners both in the UK and all over the world.
In the Higher Education Academy's Postgraduate Taught Experience survey this programme scored the following:
This international online Masters programme is designed for primary dental care providers who want to advance their clinical skills and knowledge, with the primary objective of enhancing the quality of their patient care.
The objectives of the programme are:
The programme will contain two residential weeks based in Birmingham (one week per year), and will allow you to receive direct hands-on tuition from some of the world's most experienced dental educators. You will use the brand new £1 million simulation suite at the School of Dentistry.
Accommodation on the University's delightful campus and a full programme of social activities are included in the price of your Masters degree course.
Students will design and carry out an audit project with academic support from specialists relevant to their chosen subject. Also, in addition to clinical studies, Masters students will carry out a series of chair-side simulated practical procedures of their choosing, using the latest contemporary materials and equipment and following online step-by-step technique guides unique to this programme.
Feedback from many online courses confirms that students need to have direct access to real people who respond quickly and authoritatively to enquiries and requests.
Therefore you will have a personal named advisor for both your dental studies and for your general requirements as a fully enrolled student at the University of Birmingham. Your academic advisors will be highly experienced and qualified dentists from the Birmingham School of Dentistry.
Using email, telephone, Skype, and web-based discussions you will be able to communicate directly with your teachers, course administrators, and your fellow students.
The MSc Advanced General Dental Practice programme is a Masters degree taught and accredited by the University of Birmingham, and is an excellent addition to your Curriculum Vitae (CV) when seeking new job opportunities.
It proves that you have an advanced level of knowledge and skill in your chosen profession, that you have a commitment to improving the quality of your patient care, and that you understand the business aspects of General Dental Practice. These are all important qualities to potential employers.
If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), please note that the MSc Advanced General Dental Practice programme in itself does not give you a licence to work in the UK.
For enquiries about working in the UK, please consult the UK General Dental Council.
This programme comprises a major research project and six taught modules, four compulsory and two optional.
The research project can be taken full-time or part-time and can be carried out in the University or by industrial collaboration with a company.
This programme can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. This one-year Course (full-time) comprises a major research project (two-thirds of the year) and six taught modules (one-third of the year), which are taken intermittently throughout the year.
Students with an appropriate technical background (a Materials Science first degree) can start the course at any time. Students without a background in Materials Science are required to take the Introduction to Materials module (see module section), and must start the MRes Course at the beginning of the academic year, in September.
The programme is currently delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project-based and laboratory-based teaching and learning methods.
Examples of MRes in the Science and Engineering of Materials Research Projects
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Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.
If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Our MSc Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics (Dental Specialties) course is ideal for dental practitioners who want to learn more about this field.
You will develop skills in providing a range of procedures, including complex removable prostheses, implant-supported prostheses, integrated fixed and removable prostheses, and restoration of tooth wear using direct and indirect materials.
You will also gain an insight into clinical and technical skills, contemporary prosthodontic techniques, scientific understanding of fixed and removable prosthodontics, diagnosis and treatment planning and reflective prosthodontic practice.
In addition, you will develop research planning and implementation skills through the dissertation unit.
Dentists requiring more specialist training in this field may be interested in our three-year MSc (Clin) Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics course .
This course aims to:
Our teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.
You will learn through clinical and technical sessions, seminars, e-learning and lectures.
Find out more about postgraduate teaching and learning at Manchester .
Key academic staff
Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments.
Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments.
Specialist clinical component
You will be assessed via a variety of formative and summative methods. These include patient logs, submission of clinical and technical skills work, written assignments and structured essay papers, Multiple Short Answer (MSA), Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Question (EMQ) papers, Objective Structured Long Examination Record (OSLER), mini-case write-ups and structured oral examinations.
You will also produce a dissertation between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.
Specialist clinical component (90 credits)
Full-time students attend up to six sessions per week over 45 weeks for the clinical component of the course. Part-time students attend the clinical component for up to three sessions per week in each of the two years.
The specialist clinical component comprises six units:
Dissertation (60 credits)
The dissertation provides training in identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project.
Teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.
Examples of dissertations submitted include:
You will have access to dedicated postgraduate suites at the University, as well as extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
We will invite students to participate in a number of conferences. Some selected seminars will also provide you with CPD hours.
Most graduates return to their practices. A smaller number go on to pursue further clinical training in fixed and removable prosthodontics or undertake higher research degrees (eg MPhil or PhD).
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.
We aim to enable you to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Read about MDPH graduate Anne-Marie Agius 's experience of studying for her master's degree from Malta.
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.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
Individual units from this course are available as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please contact us for more information.
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.