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The postgraduate diploma in Operative Dentistry is designed to enhance the operative skills of newly-qualified dentists, as well as experienced practitioners wishing to upskill, whilst they continue to work in general dental practice. Read more

The postgraduate diploma in Operative Dentistry is designed to enhance the operative skills of newly-qualified dentists, as well as experienced practitioners wishing to upskill, whilst they continue to work in general dental practice. Course participants will develop the technical, diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary to practice modern clinical operative dentistry effectively and efficiently.

Topics covered include restorative treatment planning, anterior and posterior composite restorations, a variety of different crown preparation techniques, resin bonded bridges, occlusion, management of tooth surface loss, clinical photography, dento-legal issues, endodontics and restoration of the non-vital tooth, implant maintenance, bleaching, removable prosthodontics provision and a variety of other operative dentistry related topics.  

Key benefits

  • Created in collaboration with the Department of Restorative Dentistry at King’s College Hospital
  • A unique and comprehensive blend of practical training, clinical practice, seminars and independent study
  • Designed and taught by leading experts in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics

Description

This two year part-time postgraduate diploma in Operative Dentistry combines seminars, hands-on training and direct clinical contact with patients, alongside self-guided learning. Course participants will study the applied science of operative dentistry and acquire clinical and practical skills in operative dentistry. This training will be delivered at King’s College Dental Hospital, Denmark Hill (attending between 22 and 26 days per year).

It is specifically designed for dentists already working in dental practice using patients from both their practice and the hospital to develop a reflective log of treatment which will form a major part of their course assessment.

Designed by the Department of Restorative Dentistry, the Operative Dentistry programme will be led by Aws Alani (course director), and alongside well-known visiting teachers, the following practitioners or specialists will also contribute to the programme: Sonia Alam, Irene Kaimakamis, Martin Kelleher, Mahul Patel, Mark Packer, Ravi Chauhan, Lakshmi Rasaratnum, Arwa Khaburi, Tony Perkins, Rowland Gardener and Lloyd Searson. 

The course offers a breadth of expertise, covering topics such as restorative treatment planning, anterior and posterior composite restorations, a variety of different crown preparation techniques, resin-bonded bridges, occlusion, management of tooth surface loss, clinical photography, dento-legal issues, endodontics and restoration of the nonvital tooth, implant maintenance, bleaching, removable prosthodontics provision and a variety of other operative dentistry-related topics. We aim to give you a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of operative dentistry, whether you are a newly-qualified dentist or an experienced practitioner. You will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and to apply evidence-based practice to operative dentistry. The clinical sessions will enable you to transfer your knowledge, understanding, intellectual and practical skills to improve and enhance your practice.

Course purpose

The programme aims to provide newly qualified dentists and experienced practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of operative dentistry. They will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and apply evidence-based practice to operative dentistry. The clinical sessions will enable participants to translate their knowledge, understanding, intellectual and practical skills to improve and enhance their operative dentistry.

Course format and assessment

We will provide you with world-class teaching from leading experts in the field, combining practical and academic work.

Course material will be available through our online learning environment, King’s E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS), where you will find information, interactive questions, assignments, bibliographic databases and reading material.

For your Clinical and Practical Skills of Operative Dentistry modules, half of your assessment will be through written case reports and half through unseen clinical cases. For your Applied Science of Operative Dentistry modules half of your assessment will be through unseen exams and the other half through unseen clinical cases.



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The Master of Science in Paediatric Dentistry is for dental graduates wanting to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry in a primary or secondary care setting or in academia. Read more

The Master of Science in Paediatric Dentistry is for dental graduates wanting to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry in a primary or secondary care setting or in academia.

Paediatric dentistry encompasses many aspects of general dentistry and specialist skills in the care of infants, children and adolescents. The broad nature of the work requires a combination of medical, dental and communications skills.

As part of the clinical training, you will be treating patients in consultant, trauma and sedation clinics. You’ll treat a wide range of medically compromised children, which may require you to liaise with paediatric specialists and anaesthetists prior to treatment under general anaesthesia.

The Leeds School of Dentistry has an international reputation in the specialist areas of postgraduate study. Its Paediatric Dentistry postgraduate programmes attract high-quality home and overseas applicants, including large numbers of non-publicly funded overseas students.

More information

The part-time programme is open only to UK/EU applicants. International students should apply to the full-time programme.

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

Accreditation

The European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) aims to maintain and improve the quality of advanced education of Paediatric Dentistry in Europe. It has developed standards for educational instituitions to evaluate against. EAPD endorsement of this programme testifies to the standard of training we provide.

Course content

You’ll study modules totalling 240 credits. Modules cover paediatric-specific, general and research topics, reflecting the range of skills and knowledge the specialty demands.

If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

Year one compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Research Methodology and Ethics 10 credits
  • Medical Emergencies 10 credits
  • Dental Radiology 10 credits
  • Paediatric Dentistry I 60 credits

Year two compulsory modules

  • Service Related Research 10 credits
  • Researched Case Studies 10 credits
  • Research Project 40 credits
  • Paedodontics VI (Clinical cases) 20 credits
  • Paediatric Dentistry 2 50 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Paediatric Dentistry MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Paediatric Dentistry MSc Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

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

Learning on the programme enables you to:

  • demonstrate in-depth and specialist knowledge of concepts and information, and master techniques relevant to clinical paediatric dentistry
  • exhibit a mastery in the exercise of generic dental and paediatrics-specific intellectual abilities
  • apply a comprehensive understanding of techniques to your research or advanced scholarship
  • proactively formulate, develop, implement and evaluate ideas and hypotheses
  • evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in dentistry with emphasis on paediatric dentistry.

Assessment

Modules are assessed on completion, with three-hour written examinations. There are six questions for each module exam assessment, which are all compulsory. Question 1 is allocated 25% and questions 2-6 are allocated 15% each.

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry in a primary or secondary care setting or in academia.

Some graduates choose the path of academic research and subsequently undertake a PhD.



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-Receive specialist clinical training in paediatric dentistry and build up your knowledge of literature in this field. -Learn from consultants and specialists in paediatric dentistry and develop clinical skills at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester. Read more
-Receive specialist clinical training in paediatric dentistry and build up your knowledge of literature in this field.
-Learn from consultants and specialists in paediatric dentistry and develop clinical skills at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester.
-Pave the way for a research or clinical academic career in this area of dentistry.
-Become eligible for the Membership in Paediatric Dentistry tri-collegiate specialty membership examination.
-Study at a university ranked 4th in the UK and among the top 25 in the world for dentistry (QS World University Rankings 2017).

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

Aims

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

Teaching and learning

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

Additional self-directed learning enables you to reflect upon your clinical work, skills and key concepts introduced within seminars.
Seminars are supervised by consultants and specialists in paediatric dentistry and will enable you to develop communication and presentation skills, as well as appreciate the relevance of scientific study to clinical practice.

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

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

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

Career opportunities

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

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

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

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Develop and deliver high quality dentistry with our Restorative Dentistry programme. Read more
Develop and deliver high quality dentistry with our Restorative Dentistry programme. Led by a team of consultants and complemented by respected visiting specialist clinicians and teachers, this programme is structured to allow you to continue your current working commitments while studying for this postgraduate degree at an appropriate pace. Each clinical module includes hands-on consultant time to ensure you’ll have the understanding and confidence to carry out taught restorative techniques.

Key features

-Choose your own learning journey – complete 60 credits and receive a PG Certificate in Restorative Dentistry. 120 credits will give you a PG Diploma and the maximum 180 credits will reward you with a full Masters in Restorative Dentistry. The cost of each module is £5000.
-Balance existing work commitments with flexible study opportunities. Each module consists of 300 total learning hours – 80 hours of direct contact and 220 hours in own practice preparing cases.
-Benefit from hands-on consultant time for each clinical module – put your knowledge into practice and gain experience and confidence.
-High quality teaching – learn from an experienced team of consultants in restorative dentistry and by respected visiting specialist clinicians and teachers.
-Grow in confidence and experience with the programme – learn and understand the foundations of restorative dentistry and restoring teeth and tissues in year one and develop your knowledge and skills with advanced restorative dentistry in year two.
-Boost your future career prospects and the quality of care you can offer to your patients and produce a dissertation to complete the masters - design, conduct, evaluate and write up a project on a topic relevant to restorative dentistry.

Course details

Year 1
In your first year, you’ll learn the foundations of restorative dentistry which includes diagnosis and treatment planning, occlusal management, non-surgical periodontology and current concepts in endodontics. You’ll also learn about restoring teeth and tissues and study fixed prosthodontics operative techniques, with hands on components in the Simulated Dental Learning Environment. You’ll also study the restoration of endodontically treated teeth, removable prosthodontics and complete dentures.

Core modules
-RSD711 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry
-RSD712 Restoring Teeth and Tissues

Year 2
Successfully complete the modules from your first year and go on to study advanced restorative dentistry in your second year. You’ll get the chance to focus on aesthetics and conservative aesthetic techniques and treatment planning for missing teeth including live implant surgical demonstration – moving up to advanced endodontics, adjunctive periodontal surgery, guided bone regeneration and soft tissue surgery, restorative practice and more.

Core modules
-RSD721 Advanced Restorative Dentistry 1
-RSD722 Advanced Restorative Dentistry 2

Final year
Successfully complete 120 credits and choose to produce a dissertation to complete the masters in your third and final year. The aim of the dissertation is to enable you to demonstrate your ability to design, conduct, evaluate and write up a project on a topic that is of relevance to restorative dentistry - in doing so you’ll demonstrate your self-direction, originality and ability to act independently in the planning and implementation of project skills at an advanced professional level.

Core modules
-DIS732 Dental Programmes Dissertation

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 course will suit practitioners with little or no implant dentistry experience. You will develop the skills to plan, treat and maintain implant cases. Read more

Our course will suit practitioners with little or no implant dentistry experience. You will develop the skills to plan, treat and maintain implant cases. We provide the patients you treat on the course. The course satisfies the requirements of UK Training Standards in Implant Dentistry.

You will develop your intellectual skills through:

-Case study analysis

-Problem-based learning

-Open discussion

-Self-evaluation

You will develop your practical clinical skills through:

-One-to-one clinical coaching

-Supervised clinical work carried out on patients

You will also gain experience in:

-Minimal trauma extractions

-Guided bone regeneration

-Designing long-term maintenance plans

-How to establish implant dentistry into the practice setting

The course satisfies the requirements of the Training Standards in Implant Dentistry. This is endorsed by the General Dental Council (UK) at the level of 'straightforward placement of implants'. It also provides good preparation for dentists planning to sit the Diploma in Implant Dentistry, offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Delivery

The course is part time over 18 months (approximately one full day per fortnight contact time) commencing in either January or July. We deliver the course through a combination of:

-Seminars

-Distance learning

-Skills training workshops using plastic, animal and human cadaver materials

-One-to-one teaching whilst treating patients

We select patients for planning, surgery and restoration of dental implants. As far as possible, you will see the same patients through their whole course of treatment.

We encourage that a dental nurse from your team accompanies you at skills training workshops and on teaching clinics. Nurses receive broad instruction in surgical and restorative implant procedures. They will also become familiar with implant product handling.

We run the course in partnership with Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The vast majority of the course takes place at the School of Dental Sciences and Dental Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Career

We provide professional development in an area not taught in detail at undergraduate level. We have had students start this course with no previous experience of implant dentistry. They have then progressed to carry out implant surgery and restoration in their own dental practices.

Staff

The course director is Mr Francis Nohl, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer and Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. Francis has over 20 years of experience of the surgical and prosthodontic aspects of implant dentistry.

The course is also supported by a motivated team of:

  • clinical and academic specialists
  • nurses
  • dental technicians
  • administrative staff.

Facilities

The School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle is one of the most modern and best equipped in the country. We have a spacious, purpose-built facility in the same building as the Dental Hospital. We're also next to the Medical School and Royal Victoria Infirmary teaching hospital. This makes us one of the largest integrated teaching and hospital complexes in the country.

Our facilities include:

  • a cone beam CT scanner and implant planning software, used extensively for patients treated on our implant programmes
  • in-house production laboratories providing excellent learning opportunities around clinician-technician communication
  • excellent library and computing facilities on-site.
  • research laboratories in Oral Biology, Anthropology and Dental Materials Science
  • a dedicated clinical research facility offering clinical training and research opportunities of the highest international standard.

Find out about our dental laboratory facilities and Dental Clinical Research Facility on the Centre for Oral Health Research website.  

Placements

During the course we arrange visits to dental practices carrying out implant dentistry. This allows you to learn about how to establish implant dentistry into the practice setting.



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A full-time, one-year (or for specialist registrars (StRs), a part-time, two-year) Master's programme that provides advanced knowledge in various areas of conservative dentistry. Read more
A full-time, one-year (or for specialist registrars (StRs), a part-time, two-year) Master's programme that provides advanced knowledge in various areas of conservative dentistry.

Degree information

The programme provides theoretical and practical experience in the conservative restoration of cases ranging from a single missing tooth to full mouth rehabilitation, utilising either tooth or implant-supported restorations.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation module (60 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Clinical Science and Research Methods
-Interdisciplinary Aspects of Restorative Treatment
-Principles of Treatment Core Course (Conservative Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, Prosthodontics)
-Fundamentals of Fixed and Implant Prosthodontics
-Prosthodontic Treatment Planning and Functional Occlusion
-Prosthodontic Operative Dentistry and Endodontics
-Clinical and Laboratory Treatment (Conservative Dentistry)

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small group teaching, journal clubs, and one-to-one teaching in the clinical and laboratory situation. Assessment is through written papers (MCQ, MSA, and essays), mock written, oral and patient examination, supervised clinical work, internal graduate appraisal, logbooks, and the dissertation.

Careers

The programme is recommended for dental professionals wanting to upgrade and extend their knowledge and level of clinical practice of conservative dentistry in order to prepare for a career in private or mixed practice, the hospital or community services, industrial dental practice, or an academic career in the field.
-Ministry of Defence: Dental Officer
-NHS: Specialist Registrar (Restorative Dentistry)
-Private practice
-NHS: Specialist Doctor
-University appointments: Clinical Teaching Fellow
-Further academic career as PhD student

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Trust Specialty Doctor in Restorative Dentistry, NHS Croydon University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
-Registrar Dentist, Eastman Dental Hospital (NHS)
-Clinical Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
-Dentist, Smile Point Dentistry
-Dental Surgeon, Government of Montserrat

Employability
The programme enjoys an excellent reputation for producing graduates possessing sound clinical skills based on a solid theoretical knowledge background.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The MS Conservative Dentistry at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute is an intensive programme which maintains a good balance between theoretical knowledge and practical application, in addition to a research component.

Students gain theoretical and practical clinical and laboratory experience in the conservative restoration of cases ranging from a single missing tooth to full mouth rehabilitation, utilising either tooth or implant-supported restorations. This is accomplished through exposure to advanced diagnosis and treatment planning procedures, clinical practice, as well as undertaking the laboratory work for their patients as keys to successful clinical treatment.

The programme has been running for many years and enjoys great world-wide reputation.

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This flexible, three-year Master's programme blends online, distance learning with hands-on clinical training and aims to support students' ongoing clinical work at the same time as developing their abilities. Read more
This flexible, three-year Master's programme blends online, distance learning with hands-on clinical training and aims to support students' ongoing clinical work at the same time as developing their abilities.

Degree information

Year One provides students with the basic knowledge required in paediatric dentistry and teaches some of the clinical techniques needed in a laboratory setting. Year Two encourages more advanced and complex treatment planning and looks at other aspects of good patient care such as clinical governance. Year Three consolidates the learning to date and provides the theoretical experience required for graduates to understand, critically appraise and potentially carry out research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits), and a research project/dissertation (60 credits). The PG Diploma consists of seven core modules (120 credits); two years part-time. The PG Certificate consists of four core modules (60 credits); one year part-time. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Management of Oral Disease
-Trauma
-Behaviour Management
-Planning Treatment in the Developing Child
-Clinical Governance
-Advanced Paediatric Dentistry
-Structured Extramural Clinical Practice

Dissertation/research project
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, online learning and hands-on sessions in our skills laboratory. Assessment will be through written and practical tests, logbook of patients treated in practice, case presentations, essay, and vivas throughout the programme.

Careers

The first cohort of students on the Paediatric Dentistry MSc are due to graduate in 2016, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

However, destinations of recent graduates of the institute’s Paediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Certificate (which this new programme supersedes) include: specialist registrar; senior dental officer, community dentistry; and clinical lead for dental salaried services.

Employability
As well as enhancing your clinical skills, this programme also supports the development of transferable skills such as the use of electronic resources, giving presentations and academic writing.

This is the only blended learning MSc programme to provide further training in paediatric dentistry, designed to support working dentists. The programme allows students to learn from expert teaching staff including: the BSPD editor for the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry; a committee member for Paediatric Dental Care Pathways and Level II Practitioners in Paediatric Dentistry; MPaedDent examiners; BSPD representative for Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD); a member of The Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD).

[Why study this degree at UCL?]]
The programme offers excellent skills laboratory facilities including practical experience of inhalation sedation. The unit’s staff have expertise in caring for young patients with behavioural problems, dental trauma, craniofacial anomalies and severe medical conditions. Students will be offered help in the management of their own patients.

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The Master of Dentistry (MDent) is a one year full-time, or two year part-time taught Master's programme which enhances dental practitioners' clinical skills and research base, but does not lead to specialist registration. Read more
The Master of Dentistry (MDent) is a one year full-time, or two year part-time taught Master's programme which enhances dental practitioners' clinical skills and research base, but does not lead to specialist registration. It is offered in two fields: as an endorsement in Aesthetic Dentistry or an endorsement in Rural Oral Health Care.

Programme Requirements

Aesthetic Dentistry
AEST 801 Principles of Aesthetic Dentistry (60 Points)
AEST 802 Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry (60 Points)
AEST 880 Research Dissertation (60 Points)

Rural Oral Health Care
ROHC 801 Principles of Medicine and Surgery for Rural Oral Health Care (60 Points)
ROHC 802 Advanced Principles in General Dental Practice (60 Points)
ROHC 880 Research Dissertation (60 Points)

Structure of the Programme

The programme shall consist of papers and a research dissertation to a total value of 180 points as specified for one of the following endorsements:
-Aesthetic Dentistry: AEST 801, AEST 802, AEST 880.
-Rural Oral Health Care: ROHC 801, ROHC 802, ROHC 880

All requirements for an endorsement must be passed for the degree to be awarded. Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, papers which have been completed at the University of Otago, another university, or an approved examining body may be credited to the programme and/or used as the basis for exemption from the requirements of the clinical papers mentioned in (b) above, provided that this previous study is directly relevant to the candidate's proposed and approved programme of study, to a maximum of 60 points. There will be no exemption from the research paper.

Other admission requirements

Applicants must have achieved a minimum grade point average of B+ over the 400- and 500-level papers of the qualifying degree and will normally be expected to have had relevant clinical experience of at least three years’ duration and/or have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry before admission to the programme. Admission to each endorsement is limited to a maximum of six candidates annually.

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

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

Key benefits

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

Description

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

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

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

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

There will be a programme of lectures in selected topics. 

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

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

Clinical Skills 

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

Research Project 

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

Course purpose

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

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

Course format and assessment

Modular programme consisting of 180 credits.

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

Extra information

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

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



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This programme fulfils the need for dental practitioners to have access to a higher dental degree which provides specialist clinical training in Special Care Dentistry. Read more
This programme fulfils the need for dental practitioners to have access to a higher dental degree which provides specialist clinical training in Special Care Dentistry.

The Professional Doctorate is a research qualification that contains Professional Skills Training. Students who successfully complete the DDSc programme in Special Care Dentistry will be awarded the DDSc (Special Care Dentistry) from the University of Liverpool and will be eligible to sit the Tri-collegiate Diploma of Membership in Special Care Dentistry (MSpec Care Dent) specialty membership examination from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Both the UK Specialist Curriculum in Special Care Dentistry and the tri-collegiate Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh blueprints in Special Care Dentistry are embedded into the programme. The aims and learning outcomes of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health Postgraduate Guidance in Special Care Dentistry are embedded within the programme.

An Honorary National Training Number leading to CCST may be available to suitable candidates with full GDC registration who satisfy the entry requirements to specialty clinical training in Special Care Dentistry as determined by the General Dental Council.

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This part-time three-year Postgraduate Diploma programme is designed for dentists with little or no experience in implant dentistry, to enable them to comprehensively diagnose, treatment plan and treat, within the scope of their ability, patients in need of implant-based surgical and prosthodontic treatment. Read more
This part-time three-year Postgraduate Diploma programme is designed for dentists with little or no experience in implant dentistry, to enable them to comprehensively diagnose, treatment plan and treat, within the scope of their ability, patients in need of implant-based surgical and prosthodontic treatment.

Degree information

In the first year, students develop a sound evidence-based knowledge of implant dentistry with emphasis on patient selection, diagnosis, planning and basic surgery. They develop further skills in the second and third years with an emphasis on the restorative aspects of implant dentistry, patient care, advanced surgical procedures, management of complications and practice management.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Implant Science 1
-Implant Planning
-Implant Science 2
-Implant Practical
-Implant Clinical 1
-Implant Clinical 2

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a series of interactive lectures, seminars, hands-on training, live surgery and supervised clinical treatment.

Careers

The aim of the programme is to enable dentists to bring implant dentistry into their everyday practice. Graduates of the programme will be equipped with the skills necessary for dental implant case selection and planning, surgery and restoration of straighforward implant cases. This is the foundation of implant treatment in general dental practice. The programme is designed for students to embark on implant treatment in their own practices during the course of the programme.

Employability
Gaining the UCL Diploma in Implant Dentistry will provide increased opportunities for working in private dental practice.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students benefit from first-class facilities for both education and research which provide unique, seamless training in specialist dentistry and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques ensuring experience of managing complex clinical problems.

Find out more about the programme on the the institute's Implant Dentistry PG Dip page.

The tutors are all registered specialists with particular emphasis in prosthodontics which helps with planning simple and complex restorative cases and the learning extends beyond basic implant dentistry.

All students treat patients on-site with one-on-one supervison and mentoring of implants cases with registered specialist from planning, surgery and restoration of the cases. This provides significant suppport and confidence for students - particularly the less experienced.

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This course teaches the academic and clinical skills you need to practise paediatric dentistry. You’ll develop an evidence-based and critical approach to this specialism and to general clinical dentistry. Read more

About the course

This course teaches the academic and clinical skills you need to practise paediatric dentistry. You’ll develop an evidence-based and critical approach to this specialism and to general clinical dentistry. A focus on research skills will give you the confidence to complete future clinical or laboratory-based research programmes.

Your career

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

World-leading dental school

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

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

Facilities

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

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

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

Health clearance

If you’re starting a course that involves exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissues, you must conform to the national guidelines for the protection of patients, health care workers and students. Before admission to a clinical course we’ll need to check that you’re not an infectious carrier of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and that you do not have tuberculosis. A positive test doesn’t necessarily exclude you from dental training.

Our immunisation requirements are constantly being reviewed to ensure we meet current Department of Health guidance. You need to comply with these if you are offered a place. You’ll get more information when you apply, but if you have any questions on health clearance issues, please get in touch.

Disclosure and Barring Service

If you apply for one of our clinical courses you’ll need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure. If you do have any criminal convictions or cautions (including verbal cautions) and bind-over orders, please tell us about them on your application form. If you have not lived in the UK in the preceding five years before you commence our programme, you’ll need to provide us with a Certificate of Good Standing from the police authority in your home country. You’ll get more information on the DBS and the Certificate of Good Standing when you apply.

Local NHS policies and procedures

Clinical training in Charles Clifford Dental Hospital requires you to comply with their policies and procedures, which include the Department of Health policy on being ‘bare below the elbow’. For clarification on these policies and procedures before you apply, please see our website.

Core modules

Research Methods in Clinical Dentistry; Principles of Clinical Management; Current Concepts in Clinical Dentistry; Dental Public Health: foundations and theory; Principles of Clinical Paediatric Dentistry I; Principles of Clinical Paediatric Dentistry II; Paediatric Dentistry Case Studies; Dissertation.

Teaching

Clinical sessions, tutorials, demonstrations. You’ll be allocated a number of patients for practical clinical experience. Parts of the course are taught with other disciplines. This creates a rich and lively environment for your learning.

Assessment

Continuous assessment, final examination with clinical and academic components, dissertation based on a research project, presentation of selected patients.

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The MClinDent course is a full-time three year specialist training programme with two pathways. Endodontology or Prosthodontics. Read more
The MClinDent course is a full-time three year specialist training programme with two pathways: Endodontology or Prosthodontics. It has been designed to enhance student life-long learning skills, aid in developing evidence-based practice, develop advanced clinical skills to enable you to become a mono-specialist in Prosthodontics or Endodontology, and facilitate further career development.

You will study 10 taught modules as well as a dissertation module based on your own research project.

By fully engaging in this course, you should be able to:

• Demonstrate an unbiased, systematic and critical appraisal of contemporary knowledge, and an awareness of current problems and/or new insights, many of which are informed by the latest advances in Restorative Dentistry.

• Be capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas in Restorative Dentistry often in the absence of complete data, be able to communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to other specialist colleagues and non-specialist audiences, and engage in critical dialogue about clinical management in Restorative Dentistry.

• Read, understand and critically appraise relevant scientific and clinical literature.

• Formulate a hypothesis, plan and implement an appropriate project to test the hypothesis report the findings of the project in the appropriate format.

• Evaluate psychological aspects relevant to restorative dentistry.

• Execute simple and complex treatment procedures.

• Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams and treatment of compromised patients, such as cleft lip and palate and tooth anomalies, such as hypodontia.

• Understand the relevance of underlying social, dental and medical factors that may influence the uptake compliance and outcome of treatment.

• Be familiar with all aspects of clinical governance (clinical, corporate, research) and conduct of professional care.

Structure

There are two pathways to this course: Endodontology or Prosthodontics. Students will choose one pathway.

Years one and two consist of four 30-credit modules per year with the final year consisting of two 30-credit modules and a dissertation module of 60 credits.

For Endodontology modules please visit the website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/master-of-clinical-dentistry-endodontology

For Prosthodontics modules please visit the website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/master-of-clinical-dentistry-prosthodontics

Teaching

A diverse range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the MClinDent. You will attend lectures, and participate in seminars, tutorials, and a clinical attachment. All taught modules are compulsory, and you will also undertake a laboratory-based or clinical research project and independent study to enable you to complete your dissertation. You will be given a list of laboratory, clinical and/or library-based project titles which will form the basis of the final dissertation. Project topics are generally related to the scientific/clinical areas of interest of members of staff, and you will have individual supervision.

Support

All modules make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Learning Central, on which you will find course materials and links to related materials. You will be supervised when undertaking your dissertation, and will have the opportunity for regular meetings with your supervisor to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance, and give written feedback on a draft.

Opportunities to reflect on your abilities and performance are made available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module and through scheduled meetings with personal tutors.

Feedback:

You will receive written feedback on all assessments, in addition to oral feedback on assessed oral presentations.

Assessment

There are ten taught modules within the course which are assessed through the following in-course assessments over three years together with the dissertation module:

Extended essays
Clinical Assessments
Oral presentations
Short Answer Questions
Statistical assignments
Library and information skills assignments
Dissertation (not more than 20,000 words)

Career prospects

On successful completion of the course, you should have the opportunity to pursue a career as a specialist in either Prosthodontics or Endodontics.

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This part-time, one-year Postgraduate Certificate programme aims to bring dentists up to date with the latest knowledge relevant to the clinical practice of special care dentistry. Read more
This part-time, one-year Postgraduate Certificate programme aims to bring dentists up to date with the latest knowledge relevant to the clinical practice of special care dentistry.

Degree information

The programme aims to provide a grounding in basic practical and academic skills necessary for the contemporary practice of special care dentistry, identifying key concepts which underlie successful patient treatment, together with an understanding of the evidence base for special care dentistry and the ability to critically access scientific literature.

Certificate students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of two core modules.

The programme consists of two core modules. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Applied Biology, Systemic Disease and Behavioural Sciences
-Ethics, Governance and Public Health Policy in Special Needs Dentistry

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, journal clubs and clinics organised by many of the scientists and clinicians of the institute and allied hospital.

Careers

Successful graduates of this programme have progressed to:
-Entry to the GDC specialist list for Special Care Dentistry
-Senior posts within the special care dentistry services

Employability
As well as enhancing their clinical skill and knowledge and increasing their opportunities for promotion, students are able to network with the senior UK specialists who teach on the programme. The interactions of graduates with staff has also lead to our staff being invited to lecture to the colleagues of graduates.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme's students benefit from a friendly, welcoming staff, comprehensive education portfolio, first-class facilities for both education and research which provide unique, seamless training in specialist dentistry and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques which ensures experience in managing complex clinical problems.

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The Postgraduate Diploma course provides training in clinical special care dentistry to enable dentists to deliver primary care both safely and independently to this patient group. Read more

Course Details

The Postgraduate Diploma course provides training in clinical special care dentistry to enable dentists to deliver primary care both safely and independently to this patient group. In addition, it aims to deliver a comprehensive education in the theoretical principles of special care dentistry and develop an ability to critically analyze professional literature. The course leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Special Care Dentistry (P.Grad.Dip. in Special Care Dentistry). The curriculum is designed to enable postgraduate students, including dental practitioners who work in general dental practice as well as community and hospital dental services, to achieve the intended learning outcomes of the course. The course consists of seven core (compulsory) modules as follows: Biological Sciences of Relevance to Special Care Dentistry; Concepts of Health, Impairment, Functioning and Disability; Concepts of Oral Health, Impairment and Disability; Clinical Special Care Dentistry; Oral Healthcare Planning and Oral Health Promotion for Individuals and Groups; Professional Literature Appraisal; Legislation, Ethics and Clinical Governance.

In addition to the course of study and examinations, students must present an essay-based project on barriers to care, and a related presentation, a dissertation, clinical competencies and case presentations as well as submitting a project on service delivery models. Students must also submit a portfolio including a reflective logbook of all cases seen as part of the course as well as selected cases from their own independent practice demonstrating application of knowledge and practical skills obtained through this course. Satisfactory attendance at all aspects of the course is compulsory. A Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Special Care Dentistry is awarded on passing all components of the course. The Diploma will be unclassified but a Distinction will be awarded if a combined mark of at least 70% is obtained across all modules.

Admission Requirements

Practitioners must hold a Bachelors Degree in Dental Science or its equivalent of at least two years and be eligible to register with the Dental Council of Ireland. Students have a responsibility to have valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from a certified body for the duration of the course. Furthermore, students must possess their own professional indemnity insurance and present evidence of satisfactory seroconversion against Hepatitis B virus and a recent negative hepatitis C antibody test. Applicants will also be required to undergo Garda (Police) vetting. All applicants must upload a separate statement (no more than 300 words in length) stating why they wish to undertake the Diploma.

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