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The Dublin Dental University Hospital provides a clinical doctorate programme those results in the award of a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.) from Trinity College Dublin. Read more

Course Details

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

Orthodontics
Paediatric Dentistry
Periodontology
Prosthodontics
Oral Surgery

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

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

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

Periodontology

This course in Periodontology focuses on the management of periodontal conditions and the planning and execution of oral Implant therapy. The course includes didactic and clinical components and provides the basis for continuing professional development after completion of the programme. Students will be instructed in clinical periodontics and Implant Dentistry with emphasis on the scientific basis for treatment. The course has been developed with the intent that it should be recognised for speciality training by the Dental Council of Ireland under the auspices of the relevant advisory committee of the Irish Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry. Students will undertake a research project leading to a thesis. The course leads to the award of Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent). Publication of clinical and research work is encouraged. The course is currently accredited by the European Federation of Periodontology.

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This full-time, three-year Master’s programme provides intensive knowledge of the basic principles of periodontal diseases, the management of advanced periodontal cases and the surgical components of implant dentistry. Read more
This full-time, three-year Master’s programme provides intensive knowledge of the basic principles of periodontal diseases, the management of advanced periodontal cases and the surgical components of implant dentistry.

Degree information

The programme offers students the ability to assess and manage the periodontal needs of a patient and to become competent in the presentation, diagnosis and management of all known diseases and disorders of the periodontium.

Students undertake modules to the value of 540 credits.

Year One consists of core modules (180 credits). Year Two consists of core modules (180 credits). Year Three consists of core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Principles of Non-Surgical Treatment
-Clinical Science and Research Methods
-Scientific Basis of Periodontology
-Periodontal Therapy 1: Non-Surgical and Basic Surgical Therapy
-Periodontal Clinical Care 1
-Investigation Leading to MClinDent in Periodontology Dissertation 1
-Periodontal Therapy 2: Advanced Periodontal Therapy (b)
-Periodontal Clinical Care 2
-Periodontal Clinical Care 3
-Investigation Leading to MClinDent in Periodontology Dissertation 2
-Periodontal Therapy 3: Implants and Restorative Dentistry
-Periodontal Clinical Care 4

Dissertation/report
Each student undertakes an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 13,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through seminars, tutorials, individual and small-group teaching, self-directed learning, and practical clinical and experiential learning; with maximum exposure to clinical methodologies and management of patients with periodontal diseases.

Careers

The programme offers the intensive knowledge and clinical expertise necessary to practise periodontics at a specialist level.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Periodontist, NHS Eastman Dental Hospital
-Dental Surgeon, Gental Dental Care
-Dentist, Dental Specialist MK
-Periodontist, The Birmingham Peridontal Implant Centre
-Specialist in Periodontics, Self-Employed Periodontics Specialist

Employability
Following completion of the programme, graduates have joined or started dental practices in the UK, EU and overseas working in the field of periodontics and implant dentistry. Some graduates continued their career by following clinically related PhD programmes and have been appointed to academic positions in dental schools in the UK and overseas. A number of international graduates were appointed to prestigious governmental positions in their countries.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students benefit from first-class facilities and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques as well as internationally renowned speakers and honorary staff members.

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The MClinDent degree is recognised by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh as being two of the three years of specialist training you require if you wish to sit the Membership in Prosthodontics (the UK specialist qualification in the discipline). Read more

The MClinDent degree is recognised by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh as being two of the three years of specialist training you require if you wish to sit the Membership in Prosthodontics (the UK specialist qualification in the discipline).

The Specialist Advisory Committee in Restorative Dentistry also approves this programme as part of the training programme in Prosthodontics, if you have a training number awarded by the Postgraduate Dental Dean for Scotland.

The programme addresses five components:

  • the scientific basis of prosthodontic care
  • the relationship of other dental disciplines to prosthodontic care
  • diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with advanced prosthodontics problems
  • the clinical treatment of patients with advanced prosthodontic problems
  • clinical treatment involving combined prosthodontic and other dental therapy

Programme structure

The programme has three major teaching strands. These include seminars and practical classes, supervised clinical and laboratory practice where treatment planning, clinical procedures and technical work are performed for selected cases, and finally a research investigation, which will lead to your dissertation.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help you specialise in prosthodontics.



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Train as an Orthodontic Therapist on our unique modular and GDC-approved training programme. This programme is designed for qualified Orthodontic Nurses and Dental Care Professionals who wish to develop their clinical and academic skills and train as an Orthodontic Therapist. Read more
Train as an Orthodontic Therapist on our unique modular and GDC-approved training programme.

This programme is designed for qualified Orthodontic Nurses and Dental Care Professionals who wish to develop their clinical and academic skills and train as an Orthodontic Therapist.

Combining a range of first class clinical facilities and advanced educational strategies, you will benefit from a challenging, stimulating and fun learning environment.

Course directors are specialist orthodontic practitioners who have over six years of experience working with orthodontic therapists in their own practices.

Teaching Methods

Combining a range of first class clinical facilities and advanced educational strategies, you will benefit from a challenging, stimulating and fun learning environment.

Course directors are specialist orthodontic practitioners who have over six years of experience working with orthodontic therapists in their own practices.

Lecturers and tutors include specialist orthodontists, trainers and orthodontic therapists to provide a high quality and balanced educational experience.

You will learn how to provide safe and effective treatment, both in our state of the art facilities within the University’s approved training centre, The Leamington Spa Orthodontic Centre, and in your own practice.

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Our MSc/PGDip Clinical Periodontology programme 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 MSc/PGDip Clinical Periodontology programme 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). This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

Applicants will be invited to an Advice day held at Greenbank Building at UCLan, where prospective students will be given an opportunity to talk to the Course Leader and tour the specialist facilities including the UCLan Dental Clinic where students will carry out their 15 clinical placements throughout their course in which we provide the patients.

INDUSTRY LINKS

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).

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

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

We offer MSc students 15 clinic placements in which we provide the patients at the UCLan Dental Clinic during the 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, portfolios and essays.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

-Thorough case assessment and record taking
-Risk factors and their management
-Appropriate treatment planning
-Non-surgical management of periodontal disease
-Flap design and suturing
-Surgical procedures including crown lengthening
-Use of antibiotics as an adjunct to mechanical therapy
-Peri-implantitis

FURTHER INFORMATION

Our MSc/PGDip Clinical Periodontology programme 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). This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

During the course (two years PGDip; three years MSc) you will be expected to attend up to 15 study/assessment days per year. Many of these sessions will be within the School of Medicine and Dentistry on the main UCLan Preston Campus, though some sessions will be timetabled in the 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, videos of lectures and assignments will be delivered to you via the University’s eLearn system 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 plenary lectures and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility and work on pig’s head and similar systems. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision in 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 plenary lectures, 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 12 per cohort) leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.

We must of course have 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, mini clinical examinations and essays.

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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.

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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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This course is designed to fill the need, identified by the Dental Council, for a continuing education programme forthe Dental Profession. Read more
This course is designed to fill the need, identified by the Dental Council, for a continuing education programme forthe Dental Profession. The course aims to combine a 'hands-on' approach with theory. Students have a choice of nine modules, of which they must successfully complete six in order to obtain their Postgraduate Diploma. Students have to provide their own nursing care (where 1:1 assistance is required) and patients on some modules.

The course aims to give insight into the theory and scientific rationale of various aspects of dental practice, develop clinical ability in the relevant areas, and develop confidence in the use of new skills.

The modules offered are: adhesive dentistry, removable prosthodontics, fixed prosthodontics, periodontal therapy, endodontics, oral medicine, orthodontics, dento-alveolar surgery and paediatric dentistry. In addition a core course covering cross-control of infection, medical emergencies in dental practice, ethics, malpractice and risk management and other issues will be taken by all participants. The course is assessed by a combination of objective structured clinical examinations, completion of clinical competency and continuous assessment.

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Do you want to become a leader in clinical research? The MClinRes covers the whole research process from initial question generation through to designing, managing and undertaking research and the dissemination and implementation of findings. Read more
Do you want to become a leader in clinical research? The MClinRes covers the whole research process from initial question generation through to designing, managing and undertaking research and the dissemination and implementation of findings. Learn from a team of experts in clinical research, drawn from a wide range of disciplines including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, optometry, dietetics and medicine as well as representatives from patient and public support groups.

Key features

-Progress your career and become a leader in clinical research with a programme that provides both theoretical and first hand practical experience of the whole research process from developing a clinically relevant question through to implementation of research in clinical practice.
-Aligns with key Health Education England and NIHR objectives to develop clinical academics and increase research capacity in nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare scientists.
-Learn from nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare scientists actively involved in the management and delivery of relevant clinical research, with national and international reputations in their specialist areas.
-Experts drawn from across Plymouth University, other higher education institutes, the Research Design Service, the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) and the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit.
-Strong input from patient and public support groups, NHS staff, managers and commissioners in developing and running the programme so that its content reflects the current needs of the NHS.
-You’ll be encouraged to join the Institute of Health and Community, and will be mentored and supervised by experienced clinical academics on your own research project. Specific research supervisors relevant to your profession and area of interest are allocated within two weeks of the start of the programme.
-The MClinRes is specifically designed to help you gain future funding to further your clinical academic career. The programme specifically aims to progress you along the new NIHR clinical academic training programme for registered non-medical/dental healthcare professionals.
-An additional module on research management and mentorship, provided at the end of the programme, supports you in publishing and disseminating your research findings, presenting at national and international locations and applying for NIHR internships and fellowships.
-Make the most of our blended learning approach, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection.
-Benefit from an enriched student experience – you will share core and optional modules with health and social care students studying across faculty MSc pathways. Students and alumni have been involved in the programme management, design and recruitment.
-Choose from three award pathways – PgCert, PgDip, MClinRes. A range of assessments are used across modules designed to link your knowledge and skills to your area of practice.

Course details

The MClinRes will be delivered by blended learning, in one year full time or on a part time basis.

Pathways in this programme will include four core modules: applying evidence to practice, project design for research, applied qualitative research methods and applied quantitative research methods, as well as the research dissertation. Choose a 20 credit optional module from the diverse array on offer in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences. The core modules build on each other providing skills in literature searching and implementing findings to the workplace; designing research protocols; understanding applied qualitative and quantitative methods and undertaking a clinically-relevant research project.

To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits by studying three core modules worth 20 credits each. To gain a postgraduate diploma you will need to earn 120 credits by studying the four core modules, the optional module and an additional module from the MSc Advanced Professional Practice. To be awarded the full MClinRes masters, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits - you’ll study the same modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 80 credits coming from your research dissertation.

Core modules
-MCR702 Applied Quantitative Research Methods
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-MCR704 Research Management and Mentorship
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-MCR701 Applied Qualitative Research Methods
-MCR703 Research Dissertation
-MCR706 Systematic Review

Optional modules
-ADV710 Pathomechanics and Rehabilitation of Gait and Balance
-ADV703 Occupation as the Focus of Contemporary Practice
-ADV712 Supported Independent Study
-ADV739 Rehabilitation: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour
-ADV737 Neurological Rehabilitation: Sensorimotor Disorders
-ADV708 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Botulinum Toxin)
-ADV709 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Corticosteroid)
-ADV735 Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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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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This postgraduate diploma programme is designed for dentists wishing to enhance their endodontic knowledge and clinical skills whilst continuing to work in practice, and is sustained part-time over two years. Read more
This postgraduate diploma programme is designed for dentists wishing to enhance their endodontic knowledge and clinical skills whilst continuing to work in practice, and is sustained part-time over two years.

Degree information

The programme enables participants to improve their knowledge and refine their practical and clinical skills. Subjects covered include the biological basis of disease management, as well as the clinical and technical aspects of treatment. The programme is delivered by leading clinicians, providing close support, coaching and mentoring to aid improvement in technical, clinical and cognitive domains.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits). A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time one year) is offered. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Level 1 Clinical Endodontics
-Level 1 Endodontic Sciences
-Level 1 Practical Endodontics
-Level 2 Practical Endodontics
-Generalist Skills
-Special Interest Skills - Endodontic Surgery and Trauma Management
-Special Interest Skills - Pulp Therapy, Primary Root Canal Treatment & Endodontic Retreatment

Dissertation/report
Not applicable.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, hands-on practical sessions and case conferences on practice-managed patients in the first year, followed by direct clinical supervision of patient management in the second year.

Careers

The programme is ideal for the general dental practitioner wishing to develop his or her practice in endodontics in order to improve job-satisfaction and be able to offer patients a higher level of predictable care, and who may wish to work as a dentist with enhanced skills in endodontics. Graduates often decide to focus a main part of their practice to endodontics afterwards, whilst others prefer to maintain a broad-based practice with a special interest. A number have gone on to undertake the MSc in Endodontics or Specialist Training. A number have since taken up teaching.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The first year of the programme is delivered in a state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratory under the direct coaching and mentoring of experienced teaching staff. This year lays the foundation of knowledge and integrates it with technical skill development. Clinical mentoring is provided on endodontic cases being treated in your own practice. The second year includes 18 days of directly supervised clinical work on patients at the institute with a staff:student ratio of 1:4, allowing maximum opportunity for clinical application of knowledge and technical skills developed in the first year. A clinical log-book is maintained throughout with reflections to ensure development.

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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
Epidemiology
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%).

Careers

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

Programme structure

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

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

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

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

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This modular part-time programme is particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future. Read more
This modular part-time programme is particularly suitable for academically gifted medical and dental trainees with the potential to be the independent researchers of the future.

Applications for admisson in October 2016 are now open, the deadline to receive applications by is Friday 29 July 2016 (12 noon UK time).

Description

This progamme is designed to be taken by Academic Clinical Fellows alongside work commitments, the Health Research programme exists to enable students to:

- develop skills of research, design and data analysis in both qualitative and quantitative research

- critically evaluate health research

- identify, critically appraise and incorporate the results of medical and social science research into the day-to-day decision-making of clinical, scientific and administrative practice

- apply the principles of evidence-based practice in health care settings

- plan how to implement the findings of research to improve health care

- use theories and principles underpinning clinical research to inform their own research practice.

The programme is delivered through the Department for Continuing Education, with the expertise in curriculum design and teaching drawn from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, and the Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/postgraduate-certificate-in-health-research

Programme details

The Postgraduate Certificate is normally completed between 1-2 years. It consists of three assessed taught modules and includes thorough introductions to the principles of evidence-based practice in health, and to study design and research methods.

Compulsory Modules

• The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
• Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods

The third module may be chosen from the following list:

- Clinical Trial Management
- Ethics for Biosciences
- Mixed Methods in Health Research
- Knowledge into Action
- Evidence-based Diagnosis and Screening
- Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research
- Systematic Reviews
- Randomized Controlled Trials
- Qualitative Research Methods
- The Structure of Clinical Trials and Experimental Therapeutics
- How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions: Protocol preparation
- Biological Therapeutics
- Pharmacodynamics, Biomarkers and Personalised Therapy
- Adverse drug reactions, drug interactions and Pharmacovigilance
- Drug development, Pharmacokinetics and Imaging

Course aims

At the end of the course students will be able to:

- demonstrate a knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques appropriate for solving evidence-based health care/health-research problems and be able to translate (through a critical comprehension of the relative advantages and disadvantages) that understanding into good clinical practice

- demonstrate a range of research skills enabling them to complete research successfully, either as part of a research team or as an individual

- acquire, interpret and analyse biological information with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts for their use through the study of the existing primary literature in the field

- apply skills and expertise gained across the medical and biological sciences expected of professional researchers

Students will know and understand:

- health-care organizations, their management and the changing context in which they operate

- the ethical issues in health research and research governance

- methods to integrate and synthesise different sorts of information, from diverse sources, when making both individual patient and health-policy decisions in a wide range of situations

- the key issues for evidence-based practice in their own professional area or specialty

- how to work comfortably in situations of uncertainty and make sound judgements in the absence of definitive evidence

- research methods and concepts in the field of health and health care

All graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research will be able to:

- understand the role of most commonly used methods appropriate for specifying problems through a critical comprehension of the relative advantages and disadvantages of these methods

- understand and express the main principles of some commonly applied techniques and methods

- explain the rationale for the selection of tools used in the analysis of phenomena.

Assessment methods

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate students must:

- Attend and complete the 2 compulsory modules and 1 option module.

Students will also be expected to complete three written assignments, usually of no more than 4000 words, one on each of the chosen modules above.

With the exception of the online modules, the EBHC modules are based on an eight week study cycle. Week One is a preparatory week where you may be required to undertake some pre-reading and to familiarise yourself with the Virtual Learning Environment. During Week Two you are required to attend the face to face teaching week in Oxford. This is followed by an additional six weeks where you are expected to participate in online activities and submit your assignment

Level and demands

Candidates will, in all but exceptional circumstances be admitted to the Postgraduate Certificate with optional progression on successful completion to the Diploma, provided that a candidate:

- has successfully completed the final year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent; or

- has an appropriate degree or equivalent professional qualification in a profession allied to medicine with post-qualification experience

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate an approach to their study which includes demonstrable skills of critical analysis, wide contextual knowledge and the ability to manage their own time.

Additionally candidates should:

- have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)

- show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and University events and modules

Successful candidates will normally provide evidence of all of the following:

- A professional interest in Health Research, evidenced by prior experience, qualification and work

- Motivation and ability to complete the course

- A clear and well argued understanding of the benefits of the course to the candidate's current employment and future prospects

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research page on the University of Oxford website for more details!

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This course is for healthcare professionals interested and involved in a teaching or training role who want to develop their skills and expertise in clinical and educational practice. Read more

This course is for healthcare professionals interested and involved in a teaching or training role who want to develop their skills and expertise in clinical and educational practice. You study the teaching skills needed to support and assess learners in the workplace.

It helps you to meet your organisation's training needs, aiming to ensure better educational experiences for all staff. The healthcare educator has a lead role in developing a flexible workforce that can address future challenges in healthcare delivery. By providing a clear link to patient outcomes, educators can help to address the variation in standards of healthcare education and training currently delivered.

As a dentist, doctor or allied health professional you can demonstrate your revalidation and continuing professional development as the course is mapped to recognised professional standards.

If you are a nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse you can gain registration as an NMC teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You can also apply for accreditation with the Higher Education Academy and practice educator accreditation with the Society of Radiographers.

You are introduced to contemporary issues in healthcare education that place the educator at the heart of service enhancement and better patient care. We explore with you your role as an educational leader and interprofessional educator.

Action learning sets with your peers enable you to explore key theories and strategies and then apply them critically to your practice. You have opportunities to rehearse skills and explore a variety of learning teaching and assessment strategies. Face-to-face or online workshops allow you to explore contemporary issues and instigate new educational opportunities in your workplace.

You develop teaching and learning skills applicable to various clinical settings. You also draw on current work-based teaching and learning to strengthen links between your professional practice and educational role.

During the course you design and develop learning packages that have an evidence-based approach. You evaluate a range of learning and teaching strategies and develop your personal teaching style, in line with your educational and specialist expertise.

Observed teaching practice is available where you teach small groups of students in the workplace or at the University. We encourage you to film your teaching practice and receive feedback on your performance. This helps inform your teaching practice and identify your strengths and weaknesses. You also develop on-going action plans to address these issues and support your development.

Both full-time and part-time students are taught alongside each other on the course. This ensures that you are part of a larger group and will be able to share ideas and discuss issues with a range of different professionals.

The distance learning route runs parallel, using collaboration tools via the University's virtual learning environment Blackboard. You learn in action learning groups and use discussion forums and web portfolios to demonstrate your new knowledge. Social media helps bring you together with your peers to share comments and create a strong course community.

We provide tailored support to ensure you gain the most out of your course including one-to-one tutorial support. You are taught by an enthusiastic and multiprofessional course team passionate about high quality education for better patient care.

Professional recognition

When you successfully complete the postgraduate certificate you may receive Higher Education Agency (HEA) accreditation as Fellow or Associate Fellow - dependent on your role as an educator, which recognises your skills in teaching and learning to a national standard.

If you are a therapy radiographer, College of Radiographers approval has been applied for and further information will be given as this process reaches a conclusion.

**The postgraduate certificate is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Nurse Teacher. **You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.

If you are an allied health professional then by completing a module in year one you can gain accreditation as a practice educator.

The course is mapped to AoME standards and COPDEND standards for doctors and dentists to use as evidence for continuing professional development.

Course structure

The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.

The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.

The masters award (MSc) is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Postgraduate certificate core modules

  • Introduction to healthcare education (30 credits)
  • Advancing your healthcare education practice (30 credits)

Postgraduate diploma core modules

  • Interprofessional education for quality enhancement (15 credits)
  • Research methods for practice (15 credits)

Optional

  • Developing simulation and human factors in education (15 credits)
  • Supporting learners and colleagues in difficulty (15 credits)
  • Technology enhanced learning for healthcare education (15 credits)

MSc

  • Dissertation

Assessment

  • work-based learning
  • presentations
  • reflections
  • evaluations
  • assignments such as creation of simulations, online learning assets, observed teaching assessments
  • portfolio development

Employability

This course helps your career path in education and clinical practice. The ability to facilitate learning in others is an essential part of professional practice in modern healthcare settings.

Students from the medical professions use this course as part of their preparation for consultant posts. The course allows you to evidence and demonstrate educational leadership.

NMC registered professionals can use this towards gaining NMC teacher status. Others choose to enhance their career as part of a higher education team providing pre-registration nursing and midwifery education.

Dental trainers have used this course to enhance their eligibility in the support of dental trainees.



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There is a separate entry on admission to the P.Grad.Dip. in Molecular Medicine. Read more
There is a separate entry on admission to the P.Grad.Dip. in Molecular Medicine.

This course aims to give participants an indepth understanding of the emerging field of molecular medicine which draws together developments in molecular and cellular biology to describe disease processes at a functional level - that of molecular interactions.

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the molecular basis of human disease and its implications for the practice of clinical medicine and research in the life sciences. The course will ensure that students from all disciplines have the skills necessary to conduct research and critically evaluate the scientific and medical literature.

The course includes lectures on cellular biology and molecular genetics as they apply generally to normal cell and tissue function and to disease processes. Modules on molecular signalling and therapeutics, bioinformatics and ethical-legal aspects of the discipline are included, as well as literature reviews, laboratory practicals and a laboratory project.

The course is available in a one-year, full-time and a two-year, part-time format. It consists of lectures on cellular biology and molecular genetics as they apply generally to normal cell and tissue function and more specifically to disease processes such as cancer, immune dysfunction, and diseases with an inherited component. The course content includes molecular signalling and therapeutics, molecular and population genetics, nanoscience, and high content cell analysis. There is a core, 'Research Skills' module which encompasses bioinformatics and ethical-legal aspects of the emerging discipline, literature reviews, and laboratory practicals in basic molecular and cellular techniques. Candidates will complete a laboratory project of three months (full-time) or six months (part-time) duration. Candidates must also complete the taught module, Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease I. This course provides the applicant with state-of-the-art information and critical analysis of: The human genome at a molecular level, the integration of molecular and cellular biology in relation to human diseases; the molecular basis of human genetic disease; the molecular interactions between microbiological pathogens and the human host; the technology currently employed in researching molecular medicine; the molecular basis of common human inflammatory diseases and malignancies; the utilisation of knowledge on the molecular basis of human disease in planning and design of novel therapies, using pharmacological agents or gene therapy; the ethical and legal aspects of molecular medicine as it impinges on clinical practice. You will also gain a working appreciation of molecular and cellular biology at the practical level and development of the ability to perform independent research with the ability to apply bioinformatic and computational techniques in medical and biological research, and information retrieval. The student is examined on the basis of a submitted critical literature review essay, a written examination, assessment of laboratory practicals and the writing of a dissertation based on a research project. Candidates from health science (medical, dental, veterinary), biological science and other science disciplines (e.g. chemical or pharmacy), are invited to apply.

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