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This is an established and popular modular course in fixed and removable prosthodontics and is suitable for dentists contemplating an academic career or to improve your clinical practice. Read more
This is an established and popular modular course in fixed and removable prosthodontics and is suitable for dentists contemplating an academic career or to improve your clinical practice. You will develop enhanced skills and understanding of the scientific basis and practice of prosthodontics so that you become competent in the diagnosis and treatment of more complex problems.

Why study Prosthodontics at Dundee?

This course will help you build upon the skills you earned in your dental undergraduate course and develop these skills in a clinical environment.

The staff teaching this course are experienced in diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function in patients with a range of dental problems. You will receive close supervision and support when treating patients throughout the course. All clinical facilities, equipment and materials are provided.

What's so good about Prosthodontics at Dundee?

The School of Dentistry at the University of Dundee is based in the Dental School and Hospital and is located on the University's city campus. The Dental School, which was inaugurated in 1916, is at the forefront of research, teaching and clinical dental practice and benefits from being an integral part of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.

The Dental School performs consistently well in league tables for both research and teaching. The University of Dundee Dental School is a top UK dental school as noted in the Guardian University Guide 2011 and The Complete University Guide.

The Dental School has a reputation as a supportive and nurturing environment which gives students the opportunity to fulfil their aspirations to achieve excellence clinically and academically.

Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by staff in the School of Dentistry.

The course is two years long and begins every second year, in September (2012, 2014, 2016 etc), and finishes at the end of June in the second year. Teaching follows the European week, i.e. Mondays to Fridays inclusive.

How you will be taught

Students will attend lectures, seminars and laboratory demonstrations. Students will treat patients under supervision on two half days per week, and carry out some of the laboratory work as advised by course tutors. More than one module may be taught concurrently and clinical work will be undertaken on regular sessions throughout the course.

Provision will be made for personal study time throughout the course and students are expected to make good use of this time to prepare for the assessments and to read widely on the subject of prosthodontics.

What you will study

Every candidate for the Degree shall be required to undertake the prescribed course of study and submit a dissertation. Candidates will be required to present themselves for examination, including oral examination.

The various aspects of fixed prosthodontics will be performed on a phantom head before proceeding to the clinic as it is considered important to thoroughly revise techniques to ensure a high standard of clinical work. This includes endodontics, post preparation, core build-ups and preparations for inlays, crowns, bridges and resin-retained bridges.

There are eight modules, all of which must be completed satisfactorily, together with a research project. The modules and their associated SCQF (the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) credits are as follows:

Introductory module (20 credits)
Radiology Decontamination and infection control
Communication and IT skills
Clinical photography
Dental caries - diagnosis and management
Periodontal disease - diagnosis and management
Treatment planning in Restorative Dentistry
Health care law and administration
Complete dentures (20 credits)
Partial dentures (20 credits)
Operative and adhesive dentistry (20 credits)
Endodontics (20 credits)
Laboratory-fabricated restorations (20 credits)
Applied dental materials (20 credits)
Dentistry for the elderly (10 credits)
Dissertation, including research methods and basic statistics (30 credits)

How you will be assessed

Assessment will be comprised of a one-hour written short-answer examination for each taught module. Reports of four cases treated by the candidate will be presented to the external examiner at the final examination at the end of the course.

Students carry out a research project related to fixed and removable prosthodontics or dental materials and produce a typed and bound dissertation. This will include a critical review of the literature. It is anticipated that the proportion of time spent on the research project should be approximately 25% of the course.

The results of the module assessments and the logbook of clinical activity will be scrutinised by the examiners.

All components will carry equal weighting and candidates must achieve a pass in all examination.


This course provides good preparation for the MFDS examination of the Royal Colleges but is not approved for eligibility to sit the MRD examination.

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This course offers a wide ranging, in depth knowledge of oral biology in its broadest sense including relevant microbiology and disease processes. Read more
This course offers a wide ranging, in depth knowledge of oral biology in its broadest sense including relevant microbiology and disease processes. It also provides a sound educational background so that you can go on to lead academic oral biology programmes within dental schools.

Why study Oral Biology at Dundee?

This course is specifically designed for individuals who wish to pursue career pathways in academic oral biology, with a focus, though not exclusively, on developing individuals who can deliver and, more importantly, lead oral biology courses within dental schools.

Oral Biology is a significant subject area that is integral to undergraduate and postgraduate dental training worldwide. The scope of Oral Biology includes a range of basic and applied sciences that underpin the practise of dentistry. These subjects include: oral and dental anatomy; craniofacial and dental development; oral physiology; oral neuroscience; oral microbiology. These subjects will be integrated with the relevant disease processes, for example, craniofacial anomalies, dental caries and tooth surface loss.

What's so good about studying Oral Biology at Dundee?

This programme focuses on the research and education experience of the staff in the Dental School in Dundee. Such expertise lies in the fields of craniofacial development and anomalies; pain and jaw muscle control; salivary physiology; cancer biology; microbiology; cariology and tooth surface loss.

In addition it makes use of the extensive resources available for postgraduate programmes: extensive histological collections; virtual microscopy; oral physiology facilities; cell biology and dental materials laboratories.

Who should study this course?

The MSc in Oral Biology is for graduates who wish to pursue a career in academic oral biology. The course will be of particular interest for those wishing to establish themselves as oral biology teachers, innovators and course leaders within a dental school.

Teaching and Assessment

The Dental School is well placed to deliver such a course with an established staff of teaching and research active within oral biology, and its related fields, an in-house e-learning technologist and substantial links to the Centre for Medical Education in the School of Medicine. There will be an opportunity for students to exit with a PGCert in Oral Biology after successful completion of modules 1 -4 or a Diploma in Oral Biology after successful completion of modules 1 - 7.

How you will be taught

The programme will be delivered via a blend of methodologies including: face-to-face lectures / seminars / tutorials; on-line learning; directed and self- directed practical work; self-directed study; journal clubs.
What you will study

The MSc will be taught full-time over one year (September to August). Semester one (Modules 1 – 4) and Semester 2A, 2B (Modules 5 – 8) will provide participants with wide ranging, in-depth knowledge of oral biology, together with focused training in research (lab-base, dissertation or e- Learning) and its associated methodology. The MSc course is built largely on new modules (5) supported by 2 modules run conjointly with the Centre for Medical Education within the Medical School. All modules are compulsory:

Semester 1:

Module 1: Academic skills 1: principles of learning and teaching (15 credits)
Module 2: Cranio-facial development and anomalies (15 credits)
Module 3: Dental and periodontal tissues, development and structure (20 credits)
Module 4: Oral mucosa and disorders (10 credits)

Semesters 2A and 2B

Module 5a: Academic skills 2a: principles of assessment (15 credits)
Module 5b: Academic Skills 2b:educational skills
Module 6: Neuroscience (20 credits)
Module 7: Oral environment and endemic oral disease (20 credits)
Module 8: Project (60 credits)

The project is designed to encourage students to further develop their skills. This could take the form of a supervised laboratory research project, a literature based dissertation or an educational project. The educational project would be based around the development of an innovative learning resource utilising the experience of the dental school learning technologist.

How you will be assessed

Exams on the taught element of the programme will be held at the end of semester one. Essays and assignments will also contribute to the final mark, and the dissertation will be assessed through the production of a thesis and a viva exam.


The MSc Oral Biology is aimed at dental or science graduates who are either early in their careers or wish to establish themselves as oral biologists within dental schools. Oral Biology is a recognised discipline in many dental schools worldwide. Graduates will have gained sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to be teachers, innovators and educational leaders in the field. In addition, successful graduates will be well placed to undertake further postgraduate study at PhD level. In some cases, this may possible within the existing research environments within the Dental School, the wider College of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing and the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification of the University of Dundee.

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This programme orientates internationally qualified dental graduates to that of a UK dental practitioner by providing a comprehensive grounding in six key training areas. Read more
This programme orientates internationally qualified dental graduates to that of a UK dental practitioner by providing a comprehensive grounding in six key training areas: basic sciences and their application to modern day dental practice, applied principles of clinical dentistry, clinical skills, communication skills, professionalism, management and leadership.

The course is delivered under three broad headings:

1. Taught
Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:

-Relevant basic sciences including anatomy, physiology, immunology, microbiology and molecular biology with respect to health and how these are altered in disease states
-Patho-physiological and anatomical basis for clinical signs of oral and craniofacial health and disease
-Relationships between dental disease, population risk factors and the preventative measures

And integrate this knowledge to dental areas through discussions in:

-Basic and clinical science associated with pharmacology and therapeutics used in dentistry
-The science underpinning the key properties of dental materials and evaluate their clinical applications

2. Clinical
Students' clinical skills will be augmented through practical, laboratory based sessions using typodont teeth set in a manikin head.

-Operative skills will be taught to ensure students can undertake skilled, competent and safe dental procedures including: cavity design, extra-coronal restorations and non-surgical endodontic treatment.
-Simulated clinical techniques will be undertaken and the student will be introduced to decision making processes leading to tooth loss and replacement and execution of appropriate operative techniques for all stages of planned prosthodontic treatment (excluding bridges and implants) in conjunction, as necessary, with other specialists and technicians.

Students will observe current UK dental practise via clinics in oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontology, paediatrics, prosthodontics, radiology and orthodontics.

Tutoring in Objective Structured Clinical Reasoning Examinations (OSCE) and Structured Clinical Reasoning (SCR) Exams will be carried out using the advanced facilities in the state of the art dental skills laboratory.

3. Research
The research component consists of a structured literature review and clinical audit report. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:

-Critical appraisal and analysis of scientific and clinical literature
-How clinical audit identifies problems in clinical service and helps formulate solutions
-Appropriate tools for searching the literature (search engines, web-based libraries, electronic documents)

Students will develop the analytical skills to be able to:

-Critically appraise, analyse and evaluate scientific papers and clinical literature applying the principles of evidence based dentistry
-Evaluate evidence of the latest developments in Dentistry
-Communication skills will be developed throughout the taught, clinical and research elements of the course with specific topic presentations during seminars as well as through journal club reports and presentations on dental and clinical governance topics.

The application deadline is 30th June 2017. Once we have received applications by the deadline the first selection process will begin. We reserve the right to receive further application after the deadline and make decisions on those applications in July/August subject to places being available.

Why study for your MSc in Dental Science for Clinical Practice at Queen Mary?

The School of Medicine and Dentistry has an unrivalled tradition of excellence in research and teaching extending as far back as 1123 with the founding of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The London Hospital Medical College was the first Medical School in England, founded in 1785, and our Dental School was established well over a century ago. We are ranked 3rd in the UK for Dentistry (Guardian University Guide 2017) and our research is ranked among the best in the UK according to the most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF 2014).

In April 2014, QMUL’s new Dental School opened its doors to patients and students - the first new dental school in the UK to be built in 40 years. The £78m new school houses the most modern dental facilities in the UK, following more than a decade of planning and work. The new premises provide cutting-edge technology, superb education and research facilities for clinical dentistry and a vastly improved patient experience.

Students’ postgraduate learning experience is enhanced by our fantastic location in the east of London. Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live and work but we also serve a diverse local community, where students develop their clinical skills and knowledge. Moreover, the Dental School offers students many exciting opportunities to develop an understanding of health and the treatment of disease in a global and international context.

The Institute of Dentistry is a special place to undertake postgraduate studies, bringing together a number of world-leading researchers in basic and clinical sciences who supervise research students in the fields of oral medicine, oral pathology, oral microbiology, oral epidemiology, oncology, dental biomaterials, dental biophysics, dental public health, dental education, periodontology, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, prosthetic and conservative dentistry.

You will have the opportunity to attend Continuing Development Courses of the London Deanery, Royal Society of Medicine (Odontology Section) as well as internal Departmental and Dental and Blizard Institute seminars.

You will prepare a professional development portfolio based on evidence gathered from lectures, tutorials, clinics, self-study and self-reflection sessions.

You will have access to a range of facilities including: medical and dental libraries located at the Royal London and at Barts hospitals, as well as the Mile End library.

Postgraduate Dental students will have access to the Dental Clinical Skills Laboratory based in the Garrod building at the Whitechapel Site.

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The Masters in Dental Public Health (MDPH) will enable you to develop a career in government-based/national public health programmes of Dental Public Health. Read more
The Masters in Dental Public Health (MDPH) will enable you to develop a career in government-based/national public health programmes of Dental Public Health. Alternatively, it is a good foundation if you intend to follow an academic pathway in dental public health.

Why Dental Public Health at Dundee?

This course is unique to Scotland and is a joint venture between the Dental Health Services Research Unit (DHSRU) and the School of Dentistry.

Both DSHRU and the School of Dentistry are world renowned and have formal links with the World Health Organisation (WHO). DHSRU has made long term contributions to oral epidemiology and public health, caries diagnosis and management and, in particular, to practice-based dental research and evidence based dentistry. DHSRU remains unique in dentistry, in the UK and internationally, by maintaining a long term portfolio of projects focusing on matters of importance to health services and providers of routine dental care.

Using the World Health Organization (WHO) Oral Health Programme strapline 'think global act local', the course will provide you with the necessary Dental Public Health knowledge, understanding and skills to develop a country specific oral health strategy to promote oral health and reduce oral health inequality.

This programme also focuses on evidence-based dentistry and has input from Derek Richards, Director for the Centre of Evidence-Based Dentistry and Professor Jan Clarkson, Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Oral Health Group.

Flexible Degrees

The table below shows the flexibility of the degrees offered:

Degree Length of study
Full time / Part time
MDPH 12 months / 24 months
PGDipDPH 9 months / 18 months

Who should study this course?

The MDPH is designed to attract dental practitioners with a policy and research interest in Dental Public Health. In particular there is support for specialty trainees in Dental Public Health undertaking this course during their training in Tayside and elsewhere. The course structure is compatible with specialist training and therefore will be attractive to dentists hoping to undertake CSST to obtain specialist/consultant status.

In keeping with the current increase in interest in Dental Public Health in the UK and globally this course will also be appropriate for other dental health professionals and to social scientists wishing to work with in the Dental Public Health environment.

Teaching & Assessment

The Masters in Dental Public Health is a joint venture taught by staff in both the Dental Health Services Research Unit and the School of Dentistry both of which are world renowned.

The full time MDPH course lasts for one year. The taught component takes around seven months and is followed by research leading to a dissertation. All students initially enrol on a diploma programme (PGDipDPH) which includes the taught component only. To progress to the Masters programme and undertake the Masters dissertation students must obtain an overall pass of 60% in the taught component. Both programmes may be undertaken on a part-time basis.

How you will be taught

A variety of teaching methods will be used including lectures, tutorials, discussion groups, self-directed learning including the use of internet based resources and supervised research.

The programme of studies will provide structured support sessions for students who encounter difficulties. In addition, students are encouraged to contact lecturers to raise specific questions.

What you will study

The programme consists of the following modules:

Semester 1 -
Public Health
Health Promotion
Basic Statistics

Semester 2 (part 1)
Research methods
Dental Public health
Oral Epidemiology
Intermediate statistics
Behavioural Sciences
Preparation for Dissertation

Students studying for an MDPH then undertake research and write a dissertation.

How you will be assessed

Performance is monitored by continuous assessment throughout the programme. Written and oral examinations are held in December, March and May. Examinations are graded passes (A to D) or fail.

Students must obtain grade D or above in all written and oral examinations in order to be awarded the Diploma.

To be eligible to progress from the Diploma onto the Masters, students must pass the examination of each subject and achieve a minimum overall pass at B or above (60%).


The Masters in Dental Public Health will enable students to develop careers in government-based/national public health programmes of Dental Public Health as well as those wishing to following the academic pathway in Dental Public Health.

This programme will, in addition, enhance current dental careers with research skills and knowledge and give a broad base of dental health knowledge applicable in other dental health care fields. This course is anticipated to be attractive to specialist trainees in Dental Public Health who require to complete a Masters in Dental Public Health, to dentists who wish to enhance their research knowledge; to other dental health professionals working in NHS Boards who wish to develop skills in research; to overseas students who wish to become specialists in Dental Public Health and scientists wishing to engage in Dental Public Health research.

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This innovative, flexible course combines study days with supported online learning, and has a unique focus on the development of dental educators and their teams. Read more
This innovative, flexible course combines study days with supported online learning, and has a unique focus on the development of dental educators and their teams.

Relevant to dental care professionals working in the NHS, HEI, professional bodies and private sector contexts, it gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of dental educational practices and broaden your expertise in areas of particular interest

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Why choose this course?

• Study with an inspirational, inter-disciplinary course team who are established medical and dental educators with experience spanning undergraduate and postgraduate dental, medical and healthcare education
• Explore the wide range of learning, teaching and assessment methods used across all levels of dental education and training
• Develop a supervised independent project that focuses on dental education research, innovation or improvement
• Gain the skills, attitudes and practices of an expert dental educator, acquire a deep awareness of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct, learn to critically appraise both your own and others’ practice, and address your emerging development needs through independent and collaborative activity
• Benefit from visiting experts who make regular contributions to study days, master classes and online activity.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/ma-in-dental-education

Course detail

This course supports your development as a dental educator, scholar and leader. It provides opportunities to develop your thinking and practice within a dynamic multi-disciplinary community of clinical educators.

The course team models learner-centred teaching, learning and assessment practices and provides plentiful opportunities for you to rehearse them yourself. Assessments foster strong links between your learning and practice.

Your final assignment is a supervised Dental Education Research Project in an area of professional interest, which provides a clear sense of your educational role responsibilities and the confidence to offer guidance to peers who wish to develop their own educational practices. You thus evidence emerging educational leadership capabilities along with developed skills in project design, management and evaluation.

Year 1

Students complete either the Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Education (PGCertDedEd) or Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Education (PGDipDedEd).

PGCertDedEd consists of:
• Core unit: Dental Education in Practice

Then students choose one unit from:
• Workplace-based learning
• Educational Perspectives for the Workplace

Year 2

Students complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Education (PGDipDedEd)

PGCertDedEd consists of:
• Core unit: Developing the Dental Team

Then students choose one unit from:
• Workplace-Based Learning
• Educational Perspectives for the Workplace
• Simulation in Practice

Year 3

• All students complete the Dental Education Research Project unit (over 2 semesters)


You will be assessed using formative and summative elements, i.e. assessment for learning and assessment of learning. It is designed to foster strong links between learning on the course and the lived realities of dental and healthcare educators working in higher and professional education contexts.

You will be assessed variously by Reflective Report, Teaching Observation Report, Literature Review, Individual Report (following collaborative WIKI work, for example), Reflective Portfolio and dissertation.

At least one assignment per unit provides formative feedback opportunities before the final submission.


The course develops the skills and practices of those who wish to enhance their capacity to fulfil educational role(s) in dental and other healthcare education contexts. By participating on this course you will be ideally placed to respond to current and future developments in educational policies and practices.

The Postgraduate Certificate courses that lead into the MA in Dental Education are accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators; they provide a sound basis for evidencing your competence as both a clinical and educational supervisor.

The Postgraduate Diploma stage allows you to deepen your understandings and extend your skill set as a dental educator within a dynamic dental team. The dissertation stage develops your scholarship and ability to independently design, implement and evaluate a dental education research project. The research project stage position you to adopt a critical stance to existing practice and lead improvements and innovation.

It is anticipated that graduates of the course will be well prepared to assume named educational roles and responsibilities, including educational leadership responsibilities, albeit commensurate with experience.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This new and innovative course builds upon the integrated nature of the School of Dentistry’s clinical and basic science divisions, and aims to prepare future researchers, from scientific or clinical backgrounds for research careers based in addressing oral health needs. Read more

This new and innovative course builds upon the integrated nature of the School of Dentistry’s clinical and basic science divisions, and aims to prepare future researchers, from scientific or clinical backgrounds for research careers based in addressing oral health needs. You’ll gain a thorough background in oral sciences, the investigative, cutting edge technologies that enable oral scientific discovery and the necessary training in research governance and rigour. All areas of translational research pathways will be addressed, including aspects of commercialisation which will be taught through the Leeds University Business School (LUBS). Disease focused modules provide opportunities for in-depth exploration with research experts in the fields of Cancer, Musculoskeletal and Oral and systemic disease links.

Our teaching staff includes world leading experts with track records in translating research discoveries into novel healthcare products and practices. Student integration within the wider Dental school will be facilitated by undertaking recently updated modules shared with students from other MSc programmes.

Aimed at dental and biosciences graduates, the course will facilitate a career path focussed on oral research and its translation into positive impacts on health.

Course content

The programme will:

  • provide structured individualised learning and training in a research environment of international excellence.
  • be delivered by academics at the forefront of knowledge generation ranging from molecular discovery to translational application
  • engage students in research projects using the latest technologies that generate results with scientific impact and potential for improving patient health
  • equip students for the full process of translational oral research, which will be relevant for a range of biomedical scientific careers, providing the skills and insight to excel in multidisciplinary research.

For more information on typical modules, read Translational Research in Oral Sciences MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Teaching will be split between the Dental school on the main campus and the Wellcome Trust Brenner Building (WTBB) at the St James’s University Hospital. The WTBB is a modern purpose built research facility, housing cutting edge facilities in imaging, tissue and microbiological culture and next generation sequencing technologies. On the main campus students can benefit from all the expertise, facilities (such as the Leeds Dental Translational and Clinical Research Unit) and support provided by the Dental school.

Our course emphasises student directed and multidisciplinary learning. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and workshops, complemented by e-learning and will be delivered by research active scientists and clinicians with additional input from industrial partners and Leeds University Business School (LUBS) academics.


Summative assessment will provide you with on-going feedback on your depth of subject knowledge and skills. Assessment methods for formative and summative assessment will include oral and poster presentations, unseen examinations and literature reviews. Exercises to identify research questions formulate research plans and prepare mock applications for funding and ethical/ governance approvals will also contribute to assessment.

Career opportunities

You will gain insight into all stages of translational research, preparing you for a career working across multi-disciplinary teams within research and innovation management. The course aims to enhance your career prospects of securing PhD studentship positions, whether that be in pre-clinical or clinical research.

The innovation management in practice module enables you to learn about the commercial aspects of translational research. It may be that you want to go into the oral healthcare industry, so knowledge of business skills will be a useful transferable skill.

You may want to go into academic teaching positions within your own country; this MSc will provide the knowledge required to teach oral biology at undergraduate level. 

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With our world-class reputation, renowned experts and new research facilities, we are well placed to offer dentistry and dental research opportunities of the highest international standard. Read more
With our world-class reputation, renowned experts and new research facilities, we are well placed to offer dentistry and dental research opportunities of the highest international standard.

As a postgraduate research student studying for a Dental Sciences MPhil or PhD, you will be based within the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

The programme is delivered in the School of Dental Sciences, the Centre for Oral Health Research (COHR) and the Faculty in addition to the relevant Biomedical Research Institutes for:
-Cell and Molecular Biosciences
-Cellular Medicine
-Health and Society
-Genetic Medicine

If your research involves clinical components there may be a partnership with the NHS.

The School of Dental Sciences and COHR

You will spend most of your time within the School of Dental Sciences and the COHR, working within research teams led by experts in their field in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

We combine world-class clinical and research facilities with an open environment where scholars, clinicians and researchers benefit from working side-by-side. Our focus is on multidisciplinary translational research, work that is relevant to real life.

COHR has a particular focus on understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms and translating these into clinical settings. Evaluation of clinical, community and economic strategies to improve public health and inform a wider health agenda is a central research theme. Within COHR there is a Collaborating Centre for the World Health Organization for Nutrition and Oral Health. Research projects are strongly aligned to the Centre's main research themes:
-Translational oral biosciences
-Oral healthcare and epidemiology
-Biomaterials and biological interfaces

COHR is involved in a number of industrial collaborations. We also work together with the Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit to provide planning, design and implementation of clinical trials in oral health.


Certain taught elements of the programme are compulsory, eg laboratory safety. Other taught components are agreed between you and your supervisors depending on your skills and the requirements of the research project.

You are expected to work 40 hours per week with an annual holiday entitlement of 35 days, which includes statutory and bank holidays.

Laboratory work needing to be undertaken outside of normal working hours can be arranged with prior agreement. All our research students are encouraged to attend research seminars and events held within COHR, the Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School and your relevant Biomedical Research Institute.


The School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle is one of the most modern and best equipped in the country, occupying a spacious, purpose-built facility. The School is in the same building as the Dental Hospital, adjacent to the Medical School and Royal Victoria Infirmary teaching hospital, forming one of the largest integrated teaching and hospital complexes in the country.

Our facilities include:
-In-house production laboratories providing excellent learning opportunities around clinician-technician communication
-Excellent library and computing facilities on-site
-A dedicated clinical research facility offering clinical training and research opportunities of the highest international standard

The Centre for Oral Health Research (COHR) offers a range of research laboratories, undertaking work in oral biology, fluoride research and dental materials science. The research laboratory facilities include:
-Cell and molecular biosciences laboratory
-Dental Clinical Research Facility (CRF)
-Dental materials laboratory
-Fluoride laboratory
-Hard tissue laboratory

Together, the School and COHR offer the highest international standard in clinical training and research opportunities.

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Materials are at the forefront of new technologies in medicine and dentistry, both in preventative and restorative treatment. Read more
Materials are at the forefront of new technologies in medicine and dentistry, both in preventative and restorative treatment. This programme features joint teaching within the School of Engineering and Materials Science and the Institute of Dentistry, bringing together expertise in the two schools to offer students a fresh perspective on opportunities that are available in the fields of dental materials.

* This programme will equip you with a deep understanding of the field of dental materials and the knowledge necessary to participate in research, or product development.
* An advanced programme designed to develop a broad knowledge of the principles underlying the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of Dental Materials.
* Special emphasis is placed on materials-structure correlations in the context of both clinical and non clinical applications.
* Provides an introduction to materials science, focusing on the major classes of materials used in dentistry including polymers, metals, ceramics and composites.
* Provides up-to-date information on dental materials currently used in Clinical Dentistry and in developments for the future It covers the underlying principles of their functional properties, bioactivity and biocompatibility, and also covers specific dental materials applications such as drug delivery, tissue engineering and regulatory affairs.

Why study with us?

Dental Materials is taught jointly by staff from the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD), and School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS).

Our school of medicine and dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We are ranked sixth in the UK for medicine (Complete University Guide 2012), and Dentistry was placed at number two in the UK in last Research Assessment Exercise (2008). Our Materials Department was the first of its kind established in the UK, and was placed at number 1 in the UK in the 2011 National Student Survey.

This degree is aimed at dental surgeons, dental technicians, materials scientists and engineers wishing to work in the dental support industries, and the materials health sector generally. On completion of the course you should have a good knowledge of topics related to dental materials, and in addition, be competent in justifying selection criteria and manipulation instructions for all classes of materials relevant to the practice of dentistry.

There has been a general move away from destructive techniques and interventions towards less damaging cures and preventative techniques. This programme will update your knowledge of exciting new technologies and their applications.

* The programme is taught by experts in the field of dentistry and materials; they work closely together on the latest developments in dental materials.
* Innovations in medical practice, drug development and diagnostic tools are often tested in the mouth due to simpler regulatory pathways in dentistry.
* The programme allows practitioners the opportunity to update their knowledge in the latest developments in dental materials.


You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including:

* Cell & Tissue Engineering Laboratories; five dedicated cell culture laboratories, a molecular biology facility and general purpose laboratorie
* Confocal microscopy unit incorporating two confocal microscopes, enabling advanced 3D imaging of living cells
* Mechanical Testing Facilities
* NanoVision Centre; our state-of-the-art microscopy unit bringing together the latest microscope techniques for structural, chemical and mechanical analysis at the nanometer scale
* Spectroscopy Lab
* Thermal Analysis Lab.

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The MSc in Clinical Dentistry (Dental Public Health) offers you the opportunity to enhance professional, clinical and academic knowledge alongside others from multi-disciplinary backgrounds around the world. Read more

The MSc in Clinical Dentistry (Dental Public Health) offers you the opportunity to enhance professional, clinical and academic knowledge alongside others from multi-disciplinary backgrounds around the world.

The programme can equip you with the understanding and skills to manage the competing demands, resource implications and expectations inherent in providing a 21st century public dental service. It will suit dental professionals or public health professionals who want to grow their knowledge, skills and commitment to develop equitable and fair dental health services. It includes tutors from outside the university environment and with specialist knowledge and experience in oral health protection and the management of dental services locally.

The School has some of the most up-to-date facilities in the country and an excellent health sciences library. The dental hospital provides outstanding facilities for education and patient care.

Course content

This programme combines a research project with taught modules. The taught modules fall into two categories:

  • Core Research Skill Theory - Introduction to Research Methodology and Ethics, Core Epidemiology, Statistical Methods and Transferable Skills 1
  • Dental Public Health and Theoretical Basis of Public Health - Principles of Dental Public Health, Foundations of International Health, Principles of Public Health and Health Promotion.

The research dissertation you work on over both semesters allows you to develop practical research skills.

Course structure

Year 1 Compulsory modules

  • Transferable Skills 1 10 credits
  • Core Epidemiology 10 credits
  • Introduction to Research Methodology and Ethics 10 credits
  • Statistical Methods 10 credits
  • Dental Public Health Research Project 60 credits
  • Principles of Dental Public Health 35 credits
  • Principles of Public Health (International) 30 credits
  • Health Promotion 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Dental Public Health MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The programme is delivered as a series of modules, containing a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals, complemented by e-learning.

The learning on the programme enables you to:

  • critically analyse and debate the theories and issues related to dental public health and effectively communicate these ideas
  • talk knowledgeably and construct arguments around the social, political and economic factors determining the health of populations
  • analyse and synthesise evidence based research and its application to the practice of dental public health
  • develop and evaluate appropriate oral health protection and promotion initiatives at the population level
  • develop and apply research methodology by conducting a specified programme of research under one-to-one supervision.


You’ll be assessed through a combination of in-course assessments, end of module written examination and an oral examination on your research dissertation.

Placement opportunities

Clinical placements may be possible with oral health promotion teams locally.

Career opportunities

There are dental public health opportunities at all levels of health service planning, government offices and health departments, health agencies and in academia.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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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. Read more

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.

Course content

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:

  • Content across all General Dental Practice disciplines
  • High quality supervised clinical education
  • Innovative Case-Based Learning materials
  • Teaching in small groups
  • World-leading virtual experience in our clinical rehearsal suite
  • Access to advanced haptic training simulations
  • Teaching by tutors who really understand the needs of general dental practitioners
  • Mentoring from an experienced, practising general dental practitioner

Modules total 120 credits each year of which 40-60 credits will be clinical practice.

Year 1

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.

Clinical Practice

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 2

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.

Clinical Practice

Developing and Expanding Skills (50 credits)

Applied knowledge gained in case-based learning modules is translated into the clinical setting.

Year 3

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).

Clinical Practice

Dealing with Complexity and Challenge (50 credits)

This module develops more complex skills in challenging situations in a supported environment.

Learning and teaching

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.

Career opportunities

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. 

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This taught Doctorate provides training for graduates in orthodontics. It produces good clinicians but also good scientists, promoting high-quality clinical, academic and research standards within a supportive environment making it an ideal place for studying orthodontics. Read more
This taught Doctorate provides training for graduates in orthodontics. It produces good clinicians but also good scientists, promoting high-quality clinical, academic and research standards within a supportive environment making it an ideal place for studying orthodontics. Applications are now closed for September 2016 entry.

Why this programme

◾Alongside high-level clinical skills, you will gain high-quality research skills that support clinical and research practice when studying this orthodontics degree.
◾You will be eligible to sit for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
◾The Orthodontics MSc will provide 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.
◾The Dental School has the latest 3D & 4D imaging equipment, a 3D laser scanner, 3D projection system and 3D printer; perfect for studying orthodontics. We have strong collaborations with industrial partners and nearby universities and have our own computer scientist to support orthodontics research activities.

Programme structure

The programme is full-time (46 weeks per year) over three years. About half of the time is spent on clinical placement with the rest divided between academic coursework, research work and personal study.

All courses are compulsory.

Year one
◾Core course
◾Basic orthodontic science
◾Aetiology of malocclusion
◾Orthodontic assessment.

Year two
◾Classification of malocclusion
◾Orthodontic technique
◾Risks of orthodontic treatment.

Year three
◾Multidisciplinary care
◾Research 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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- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/. Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) MSc is a flexible, transdisciplinary, postgraduate programme designed for dental professionals who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role. Read more

This course will be held at the Medway Campus

- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/

Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) MSc is a flexible, transdisciplinary, postgraduate programme designed for dental professionals who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role.

Exploring a specific area of your profession you will consider the professional challenges associated with your practice and develop academic skills. You will gain the opportunities to analyse the current debates relating to key issues relevant to the professional dental context in which you are working and develop academic and professional skills necessary to meet the evolving needs of patient care of contemporary practice.

Studying within the Centre for Professional Practice, you will benefit from a transdisciplinary learning environment; access to University resources and specialist academic and clinical staff.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/215/advanced-and-specialist-healthcare-applied-dental-professional-practice

The Centre for Professional Practice (CPP)

The Centre for Professional Practice is a trans-disciplinary academic department focused on flexible work-related learning within higher education. The Centre is founded on the belief that employers can benefit from the University of Kent’s academic and research excellence, quality teaching, design and development activities to create positive change and to forge new knowledge within their organisation.

We work with a wide range of external partners and employers to create distinct and original work-based and work-related developmental and educational solutions, which respond to the unique workforce challenges experienced by employees and organisations across the region and beyond.

The Centre’s programmes are designed to enhance career progression and foster intellectual and professional development and practice.

Course structure

This flexible programme has been designed to encourage you to think more deeply about the challenges associated with your professional practice while enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career aspirations.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year.

You take the following core modules:

- Evidence-Based Practice (15 credits)
- Inter-Professional Working (15 credits)
- Research Methods (15 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

You then take modules specific to the Applied Dental Professional Practice pathway including:

- Professional Standard Setting (30 credits)
- Dentistry in a Contemporary Context (15 credits)

In Stage 2 you are given the opportunity to choose an optional module from the Centre for Professional Practice module catalogue including:

- Developing Practice through Mentorship and Coaching (30 credits)
- Advancing Dental Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Power Dynamics within Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Learning and Development (30 credits)
- Addressing Barriers to Learning (15 credits)
- A Thinking School: Transforming Learning (30 credits)
- Quantitative Research Methods Applied to Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Qualitative Research Methods Applied to Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Special Area of Study (30 credits)

Or you can select optional modules from the wider University catalogue with the possibility of studying on the main Canterbury campus.

Taught sessions are delivered in a welcoming, supportive and flexible academic environment, by an academic team with extensive professional practitioner experience. They are experienced in delivering work-related programmes and understand the constraints of balancing a career with the demands of higher education.


You will be asked to undertake preparatory reading and tasks, carry out work-based investigations and participant-led presentations. All assessment tasks are designed to allow you to develop expertise in the application of dental professional practice within the context of your work and subject interest.

Assessment is through:

- oral presentations
- written assignments
- portfolio assessments
- action learning sets

In addition, in Stage 3 you complete a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Research areas

Kent’s excellent performance in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed our position as one of the UK’s leading universities: our 19 academic schools were found to be engaged in research of international and world-class standing. With programmes of study that are informed by research, our students are able to develop skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary issues.

Current research areas include:

- experiential learning
- reflective practice
- communities of practice
- dental education
- professionalisation
- primary dental care.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- foster the intellectual and professional development of experienced healthcare practitioners to expand the analytical and critical reasoning powers that underpin practice (eg in organisational leadership and change, health and welfare systems, organisations and services and advanced technical procedures and practices)

- enhance the skills of experienced practitioners in multidisciplinary decision making as well as team leadership, and deepen your understanding of the dynamics of multidisciplinary working

- provide supervision for advanced practitioner-centred research that builds a culture of evaluation and enquiry into the practice environment

- equip experienced practitioners for their role in challenging, questioning and realigning strategies for specialist practice

- develop confident senior practitioners who are able to participate in the development of practice, work effectively with organisational interests, evidence-based processes, and within complex multidisciplinary teams

- enable you to critically evaluate your own area of practice, informed by evidence-based research and grounded in self-reflection

- provide a culture of lifelong learning that values and respects practice as the context for building and testing theory, to enhance services for patients, clients and consumers

- enable experienced practitioners from a diverse range of educational backgrounds to access and participate in a multidisciplinary working environment

- support a programme of personal development that underpins practice development and personal planning.


A postgraduate degree in Applied Dental Professional Practice is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Students are successfully using this programme to develop clinical, educational and policy making career pathways in the dental sector at local, regional and national levels.

Building on Kent's success as the region's leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers will value.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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This flexible course is the first of its kind in the UK and will offer you a seamless progression from our highly-regarded PgCert Dental Law and Ethics, and combines intensive study days with supported online learning. Read more
This flexible course is the first of its kind in the UK and will offer you a seamless progression from our highly-regarded PgCert Dental Law and Ethics, and combines intensive study days with supported online learning.

You will broaden your expertise in areas of particular interest, and increase your overall knowledge of the concepts and theories that impact on this important subject.

Intermediate qualifications available:

Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/dental-law-and-ethics-in-practice2

Postgraduate certificate - https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/dental-law-and-ethics

Why choose this course?

• Study one core unit that is designed to deepen your understanding of law and ethics, and choose from optional units which allow you to focus on patient safety, human factors and organisational development concepts
• Explore the subject with an experienced, interdisciplinary team made up of university and visiting staff, and is likely to include dentists, health and social care professionals and legally trained professionals
• Develop insights into the legal and ethical impact on everyday decision making in a practice setting
• Gain an understanding of ways to address patient safety issues and how you can develop and manage your dental team
• Benefit from a supervised project that provides an opportunity to engage in independent research and development.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/dental-law-and-ethics-in-practice

Course detail

This unique postgraduate course is concerned with the practical application of legal and ethical knowledge as well as the fundamental concepts and theories of law and ethics. It provides you the opportunity to examine your own practice in relation to the legal and ethical framework with specific emphasis on enhancing patient care and delivering excellent service.

This course provides you with opportunities to study selected legal and ethical principles which have immediate relevance to dental care and practice. At the Postgraduate Diploma stage you will have a chance to study how the law is made and the links between law, morality and human rights. This is followed by exploring the concepts that shape your understanding of management and leadership for staff and organisational development in the dental practice context.

At the final stage, you move to greater levels of independence, undertaking supervised research project work related to legal and /or ethical issues in dental practice.

The course encompasses both clinical and business contexts.


The MA in Dental Law and Ethics is obtained by completing the following units:

PgCert stage
• Dental Law in Practice
• Ethical Dental Practice

PgDip stage
• Law and Ethics, concepts and theories
• Developing the dental team

MA stage
• Law and Ethics research project


Assessment incorporates both assessment of learning (summative) and assessment for learning (formative) elements.

Formative assessment is through the submission of draft work for feedback. Formative assessment provides opportunities to develop and test out ideas with peers and tutors in preparation for the summative work.

The tasks are designed to allow you to rehearse the types of thinking behaviours (analysis, critique and argumentation) that are necessary for the summative work, with tutor and peer support and feedback.


After completing this course you will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of the wide range of legal and ethical issues that can directly or indirectly impact patient care.

The course will enhance your capacity to critically appraise both your own and others’ practice in relation to the legal and ethical framework, including the ability to identify and address emerging challenges through independent and/or collaborative activity.

Graduates will have a deep understanding of fundamental legal and ethical concepts and theories that enable you to present your ideas and opinions in a structured, planned and supported approach to legal and ethical issues.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Our postgraduate Dental Implantology course provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). Read more
Our postgraduate Dental Implantology course provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). Students can choose to study for an MSc or a PGDip.

Dental Implantology aims to develop a critical understanding and the ability to evaluate the clinical theory, practice and associated research applied to the practice of dental implantology as a mode of referred treatment. Our postgraduate course will provide you with the opportunities to apply the clinical theory, practice and associated research in the provision of dental implantology within the primary care setting. This course focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.


Completion of this programme of study provides 60 allowable credits towards the FGDP (UK) Career Pathway (Clinical); 30 allowable credits towards the Career Pathway (Other).


The programme encompasses a blended learning approach and consists of a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinic training sessions and laboratory visits. Each person will be assigned a personal tutor for the entire programme.

Each module of your course will have a series of assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases OSCEs and essays.


During the course (two years PgDip; three years MSc) you will be expected to attend up to 20 study / assessment days per year. Many of these sessions will be within the School of Dentistry on the main UCLan Preston campus, though some sessions will be timetabled in the adjacent UCLan Dental Clinic, where you will observe, assist and ultimately lead in clinical treatment. To accompany the study days, much of the course content, including lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, and assignments will be delivered to you via the University’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), allowing you to both prepare work for study days and undertake additional work independently from your home location.

Work in the early part of the course will comprise lectures, presentations and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision within the UCLan Dental Clinic. Here skills will be developed and assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS). The academic underpinning that supports this discipline will be developed though lectures, presentations, directed reading and case-based discussions, which you and others in the group will be expected to prepare and lead. Group sizes are generally small (typically 10 per cohort) leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.

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