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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Year one compulsory modules
Year two compulsory modules
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
-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.
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.
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:
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:
Find out about our dental laboratory facilities and Dental Clinical Research Facility on the Centre for Oral Health Research website.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Modular programme consisting of 180 credits.
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.