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The Endodontics PGDip is designed to enhance the endodontic skills of newly qualified dentists as well as experienced practitioners wishing to up-skill, whilst they continue to work in general dental practice. Read more
The Endodontics PGDip is designed to enhance the endodontic skills of newly qualified dentists as well as experienced practitioners wishing to up-skill, 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 endodontics effectively and efficiently.

Key benefits

- A new programme 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 Endodontics

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/endodontics-pg-dip.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

This two year part time PGDip in Endodontics combines seminars, hands on training and direct clinical contact with patients. Course participants will study the applied science of endodontics and acquire clinical and practical skills in endodontics. This training will be delivered at King’s College Dental Hospital, Denmark Hill over 30 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 and developed by the Department of Restorative Dentistry, the Endodontic programme will be led by Rachel Tomson (Course Director) and the following specialists will contribute to the programme: Aws Alani, Ed Brady, Serpil Djemal, Alex Falanga, Jonathon Lee and Nectaria Polycarpou, alongside well-known visiting experts.

- Course purpose -

The programme aims to provide newly qualified dentists and experienced practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of endodontics. They will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and apply evidence-based dentistry in the practice of endodontics. The clinical sessions will enable participants to translate the knowledge and understanding of theoretical endodontics into clinical practice in pursuit of improving and enhancing their clinical practice.

- Course format and assessment -

Modular programme comprising 120 credits; work based assessments, reflective log of laboratory and clinical work;1:1 appraisal; 360 degree appraisal including patient feedback; single best answer questions; case reports; unseen clinical examination.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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

The Professional Doctorate is a research qualification that contains Professional Skills Training. Students who successfully complete the DDSc programme in Endodontics will be awarded the DDSc (Endodontics) from the University of Liverpool and a MEndo from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) of Edinburgh. Both Endodontics Specialist Curriculum and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh blueprints in Endodontics are embedded into the programme.

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

Why School of Dentistry?

Excellent facilities and equipment

A recent £6m investment programme's dramatically upgraded our teaching and research facilities, and created additional postgraduate places.

Here are some of the key features:-

New sedation and oral surgery suites
State-of-the-art training facilities
New tutorial rooms
Enhanced patient facilities
New research laboratories, closely integrated with clinical areas and featuring extensive, state-of-the-art equipment
A new Oral Health Suite with dedicated research facility within a clinical area of the hospital
Refurbished lecture theatres, multi-skills suites, teaching rooms and Student Common Room.
High quality school laboratories

Specialist dentistry

We accommodate many specialist dentistry interests through our partnership with the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Together we've created state-of-the-art facilities for specialist dentistry research and education, including the management of clinical trials to a high level of clinical governance.

Wide range of programmes

Programmes in the School of Dentistry extend from short courses, aimed at updating the general dental practitioner, to full-time studentships leading to higher degrees, with a large variety of research based or professional training programmes in between. We also have a steadily expending menu of verifiable CPD courses for all members of the dental team.

Career prospects

Students studying this course normally follow careers in:

- Dental Practice as endodontist
- Hospital as Endodontist or consultant in Endodontics
- University as clinical academic

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This course establishes the foundation for experienced dentists to develop their knowledge and clinical skills in endodontics, the branch of dentistry that deals with prevention of pathology and treatment of the dental pulp and surrounding tissues. Read more
This course establishes the foundation for experienced dentists to develop their knowledge and clinical skills in endodontics, the branch of dentistry that deals with prevention of pathology and treatment of the dental pulp and surrounding tissues. In addition, a custom designed communication course introduces students to Health Services Culture and Governance.

You will be given the unique opportunity to:
-Develop your skills and interests in this subject by interacting with national and international experts
-Observe endodontics carried out to standards of excellence
-Promote your personal development and management skills, enabling you to work independently as a proficient clinician with enhanced leadership skills at the end of the course

Treatment of complex endodontic cases, which may be integral to more comprehensive restorative treatment plans, will involve working with consultants/specialists in other disciplines, which will facilitate eligibility to sit Membership in Endodontics, RCS Edinburgh.

You will also have the opportunity to interact with, and be taught by, national and international experts in their field, and attend recognised national courses.

Aims

The aims of the four course units are:
-Research Methods Component (15 credits): The aim is to equip you with skills in the design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.
-Biostatistics Component (15 credits): This unit will provide you with skills in data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.
-Specialist Clinical Component (90 credits): This unit will give you an understanding of the scientific basis of endodontics, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of adult patients. You will explore related specialist areas such as the interfaces between endodontics and orthodontics, implants and periodontics, treatment of the younger patient, treatment of the older patients, comprehensive patient care, the worn dentition, microbial implications in endodontics, etc.
-Dissertation (60 credits): You will train in the identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project (dissertation) and gain experience of working independently. You will be encouraged to undertake an evidence based approach to your project.

Teaching and learning

You will be encouraged to attend specialist society meetings and to present your research findings and clinical work.

Teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.

The course usually consists of five clinical sessions a week with a mix of treatment and observation.

Coursework and assessment

Research Methods: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments and participation in specified online group activities.

Biostatistics: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments.

Clinical: The clinical unit is assessed by a written assignment, submission of clinical cases, a written examination and a structured oral examination.

Dissertation, Year 3 (10,000-15,000 words).

Career opportunities

Motivated individuals can develop careers in a range of areas including clinical practice, teaching and research, and prepares candidates for working at specialist level.

Accrediting organisations

Completion of this course confers eligibility for candidates to sit M Endo, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

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This Masters programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to develop clinical skills in endodontics. ◾You will gain a qualification which will enable you to extend your clinical diagnostic and treatment skills and you will also receive a solid grounding in research methodologies. Read more
This Masters programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to develop clinical skills in endodontics.

Why this programme

◾You will gain a qualification which will enable you to extend your clinical diagnostic and treatment skills and you will also receive a solid grounding in research methodologies.
◾You will have the opportunity to attend all postgraduate lectures in the Dental School which includes external speakers and speakers from dental companies.
◾You will also have the opportunity to attend specialist society conferences such as the British Endodontic Society and the British Society of Restorative Dentistry.

Programme structure

You will attend lectures and seminars and take part in tutorials and Pre-clinical skills sessions, as well as undertaking clinical sessions under direct clinical supervision.

You will take a core course consisting of basic sciences, health sciences and research sciences, and a number of clinical courses dedicated to didactic teaching, reflective learning, clinical procedures and hands-on training in endodontics.

Clinical courses

Year 1
◾Course 1. Biology of endodontic diseases
◾Course 2. Principles and practice of root canal treatment
◾Course 3. Interdisciplinary endodontics

Year 2
◾Course 4. Endodontic management of RCT problems and failure
◾Course 5. Endodontics within the population and options for tooth replacement
◾Research course. You will be encouraged to carry out a concise research project using existing facilities alongside our research themes.

Please note this course does not lead to MRD

Career prospects

This qualification will prepare you for a clinical academic post or clinical dental practice both in the UK and overseas. You will need to sit the Overseas Registration Examination if you wish to practise dentistry in the UK.

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Develop your skills and expertise to a specialist level. Conforming to the GDC’s Specialist Curricula, the course covers the theoretical basis and practical skills needed to manage and treat endodontics and general restorative interdisciplinary cases. Read more

About the course

Develop your skills and expertise to a specialist level. Conforming to the GDC’s Specialist Curricula, the course covers the theoretical basis and practical skills needed to manage and treat endodontics and general restorative interdisciplinary cases.

You’ll use various complementary learning modalities, interacting with colleagues and allied specialties in restorative dentistry to jointly manage patient care. Over the three years, you’ll learn sophisticated research methods and apply them in a scientific research investigation, with specific outcomes for each year of study.

The programme has been approved by RCS Edinburgh as recognised speciality training for eligibility to sit their MRD examinations in the three sub-specialisms of Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

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

Year 1: Principles of Periodontal Treatment; Principles of Endodontic Treatment; Principles of Conservative Dentistry; Management of the Partially Dentate Patient I; Research Project: Literature Review; Clinical Practice Programme: New Patient I.

Year 2: Research Methods in Clinical Dentistry; Principles of Clinical Management; Clinical Practice Programme: New Patient II; Research Project: Experimental Work Data Collection; Clinical Practice Programme: Treatment of Own Patients; Speciality Programme in Endodontics, Periodontics, or Prosthodontics.

Year 3: Clinical Practice Programme: New Patient 3; Research Project: Completion and and Write Up; Clinical Practice Programme: Treatment of Own Patients; Speciality Programme in Endodontics, Periodontics, or Prosthodontics.

Teaching

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, demonstrations, clinical skills laboratory sessions, case-based discussion, extensive practical clinical experience.

Assessment

Competency-based continuous clinical assessments, formal examinations, oral presentations, written assignments, research project.

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The aim of the Masters in Endodontics is to train professionals in the field of clinical and surgical endodontics, thereby allowing them to diagnose and treat cases with any degree of difficulty. Read more
The aim of the Masters in Endodontics is to train professionals in the field of clinical and surgical endodontics, thereby allowing them to diagnose and treat cases with any degree of difficulty. As well as being based on solid theoretical training resulting from the academic background of the teaching staff and the methodology employed, the Masters in Endodontics offers wide-ranging clinical practicals that provide its graduates with the understanding, skills and attitudes required to deal with and execute diagnoses and treatment plans of any type and difficulty in accordance with current quality standards. Moreover, graduates are prepared to join the workforce as specialists in endodontics in an individual setting, a multidisciplinary working environment or a teaching/research setting.

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The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Endodontics provides extensive teaching of contemporary endodontics for general dental practitioners and hospital dental staff. Read more
The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Endodontics provides extensive teaching of contemporary endodontics for general dental practitioners and hospital dental staff.

Developed through collaboration between the University of South Wales and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board this is the only course of its type in Wales.

The course is designed to strengthen knowledge and understanding in the field of endodontology, improve clinical skills in all aspects of endodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical treatment, and hopefully lead to increased job satisfaction.

You will undertake clinical work placements at the Department of Restorative Dentistry at Morriston Hospital and Port Talbot Resource Centre. Lectures will take place on Glyntaff campus.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/848-msc-postgraduate-diploma-in-clinical-endodontics

What you will study

Modules:
Year one
The first year involves attending 14 full days (mostly Fridays)
- Endodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
- Endodontic Access, Canal Shaping, Cleaning and Obturation
- Restoration of the Endodontically Treated Tooth
- Clinical Sessions With Live Patients

Year two
You will spend 3 days at the University of South Wales Glyntaff campus studying the Research Methods module.
- Research Methods: Clinical Endodontics
- A Practice-Based Clinical Case Studies Portfolio

Learning and teaching methods

There will be an emphasis on lecture and seminar-driven teaching before progressing to the hands-on, clinical components. Lectures and “Phantom-head” type teaching will occur over 6 days toward the beginning of year one, and live clinical practice occurs over 6 further days in the second half of the year. In year two you will undertake further self-study and develop your practice case reports.

Course materials (including access to electronic journals) are made available after lectures via the Universities online portal “Blackboard”.

The course is designed around your needs, so you can choose a rate of study that best fits your development needs or career ambitions. For example, you may choose to exit the course after the first year with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) and return to achieve the Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) at a later date. The maximum time frame for completion of the Diploma is five years.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Graduates of this course will, with continued practitioner experience, become skilled in endodontic techniques and have opportunities to tailor their practice in becoming a Dentist with Special Interest (DwSI). It is likely that a PgD qualification such as this will enhance your prospect of joining DwSI lists as and when created by local health boards.

It is anticipated that this course could also be used as accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) towards other postgraduate Masters programmes in endodontology or dentistry. You can also progress to a generic Masters qualification at University of South Wales.

Assessment methods

Assessments take the form of written assessments and case reports. Clinical assessment involves both live patient and phantom head testing. A Viva Voce examination is required at the end of the second year.

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The course is designed for experienced dental practitioners who wish to further their knowledge in endodontics, the branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the tooth root, dental pulp and surrounding tissues. Read more
The course is designed for experienced dental practitioners who wish to further their knowledge in endodontics, the branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the tooth root, dental pulp and surrounding tissues.

Aims

The aims of the separate units/components of the course are:
-Research Methods Unit (15 credits): To equip you with skills in design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.
-Biostatistics Unit (15 credits): To provide you with skills in data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.
-Specialist Clinical Component (90 credits): To give you an understanding of the scientific basis of endodontics, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of adult patients. You will explore related specialist areas such as the interfaces between endodontics and orthodontics, implants and periodontics, treatment of the younger patient, treatment of the older patients, comprehensive patient care, the worn dentition, microbial implications in endodontics, etc.
-Dissertation Unit (60 credits): To train you in the identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project (dissertation) and to give students experience of working independently. You will be encouraged to undertake an evidence-based approach to their dissertation.

Teaching and learning

Students will be encouraged to attend specialist society meetings.

Teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage the student to take responsibility for their own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.

The course usually consists of three clinical sessions a week with a mix of treatment and observation.

Career opportunities

Motivated individuals can develop careers in a range of areas including clinical practice, teaching and research.

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This programme aims to develop the skills required to enable independent practice of endodontics at a level above special interest but below specialist. Read more
This programme aims to develop the skills required to enable independent practice of endodontics at a level above special interest but below specialist. It is studied either full-time over one year or part-time over two years and has a strong clinical bias.

Degree information

The programme aims to develop a broad understanding of endodontics, including basic principles and how to apply them clinically.

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

Core modules
-Development of Endodontic Skills
-Scientific Foundation of Endodontic Practice – Part I
-Scientific Foundation of Endodontic Practice – Part II
-Consolidation of Clinical Endodontic Skills
-Clinical Science & Research Methods

Dissertation/report
Each student undertakes 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 structured lecture/seminar series, skills laboratory simulation courses, diagnostic clinics, supervised treatment of patients, case conferences and a research project leading to a dissertation. Students are encouraged to develop a range of vocation-specific and transferable skills.

Careers

First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:
-Practice Principal
-Associate Dentist
-UCL Hospital: Speciality Doctor
-UCL: Teaching Fellows
-Restorative Specialist Training
-Ministry of Defence: Senior Dental Officer
-Top career destinations for this degree
-Associate Dentist, Wexham Road Dental Surgery
-Speciality Doctor, NHS Eastman Dental Hospital
-Dental Officer, HM Forces

Employability
The programme’s strong emphasis on integrated development of multiple domains produces well-rounded clinicians with the competence and aptitude for developing and delivering a high-quality and predictable clinical service in endodontics.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme’s students benefit from a comprehensive curriculum, opportunities for self-directed learning, a clinically-relevant laboratory techniques course, emphasis on integration of theoretical and clinical aspects, and prioritised reading recommendations. The broad self-learning approach enables the pursuit of individual academic interests.

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Offered in response to unprecedented demand for endodontically trained professionals from within the UK and abroad, this unique and comprehensive programme is aimed at dentists who would like to enhance their existing abilities while acquiring advanced and up-to-date skills which will enable them to successfully and confidently manage more complex and demanding endodontic cases. Read more
Offered in response to unprecedented demand for endodontically trained professionals from within the UK and abroad, this unique and comprehensive programme is aimed at dentists who would like to enhance their existing abilities while acquiring advanced and up-to-date skills which will enable them to successfully and confidently manage more complex and demanding endodontic cases.

Key benefits

• Dentistry at Kings is a renowned centre of international excellence for teaching and research.
• Pioneers of teaching dentistry through a blended learning approach with over 20 years experience.
• Face to face training in years one and two to learn and master latest techniques.
• Delivered by a team of highly specialised academic and non academic clinicians, many of whom are world-leaders in their field.
• Contributes towards continuing professional development (CPD).
• Opportunity to network with other Distance Learning students in the UK and abroad, who are enrolled in the various specialties offered.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/endodontics-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Offered in response to unprecedented demand for endodontically trained professionals from within the UK and abroad, this unique and comprehensive programme is aimed at dentists who would like to enhance their existing abilities while acquiring advanced and up-to-date skills which will enable them to successfully and confidently manage more complex and demanding endodontic cases.

This is a three year programme leading to an MSc in Endodontics. The curriculum includes the scientific basis of endodontology; diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with complex endodontic problems, clinical treatment of patients with endodontic and other restorative problems and learning research methodology to enable completion of a research project.

The mode of delivery is flexible learning, which combines online and face-to-face components, and enables practitioners to remain in clinical practice while training. This ensures no loss of income or work experience and establishes practice using skills learned on the programme. The course has been designed to provide theory, support and discussion groups by online training using a dedicated virtual learning environment to provide access to content wherever students are in the world.

- Course format and assessment -

This master's programme is assessed through a combination of assignments, written examinations, clinical case presentations and a dissertation. During the course, clinical work is also undertaken which is assessed by submission of clinical case presentations.

Career prospects

It is expected that graduates will continue in general practice offering a higher standard of clinical care with an increased confidence and ability. They might also use the programme to enter independent practice focusing on endodontics.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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This new course provides extensive teaching of contemporary endodontics for general dental practitioners and hospital dental staff. Read more
This new course provides extensive teaching of contemporary endodontics for general dental practitioners and hospital dental staff.

This Clinical Endodontics course is designed to strengthen knowledge and understanding in the field of endodontology, improve clinical skills in all aspects of endodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical treatment, and hopefully lead to increased job satisfaction.

Work-based learning is an exciting element of this course. These clinical components are undertaken with the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Morriston Hospital, and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. To encourage an exchange of ideas and experience, students will engage with other dental practitioners such as general dental practitioners, specialist practitioners, hospital staff and consultants. It is also envisaged that this course can be used as a major part of your continuing professional development (CPD). Please refer to the General Dental Council (GDC) for CPD regulations.

Delivered online, this award has been developed through collaboration between the University of South Wales and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, and is the only course of its type in Wales.

Year one
Endodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Endodontic Access, Canal Shaping, Cleaning and Obturation
Restoration of the Endodontically Treated Tooth

Year two
Clinical Case Studies Portfolio
Research Methods: Clinical Endodontics

There will be an emphasis on lecture and seminar-driven teaching before progressing to the hands-on, clinical components. Assessment will be written assessments, case reports and viva voce examinations, as well as clinical skills testing.

The course is designed around your needs, so you can choose a rate of study that best fits your development needs or career ambitions. For example, may choose to exit the award after the first year with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) and return to achieve the Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) at a later date. The maximum timeframe for completion of the Diploma is five years.

Graduates of this course will, with continued practitioner experience, become skilled in endodontic techniques and have opportunities to tailor their practice in becoming a Dentist with Special Interest (DwSI). It is likely that a PgD qualification such as this will enhance your prospect of joining DwSI lists when created by local health boards.

It is anticipated that this programme could also be used as accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) towards other postgraduate Masters programmes in endodontology or dentistry. You can also progress to a Masters qualification at University of South Wales.

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Recent advances in communication technologies mean that long-distance communication is now possible with an ease that was unthinkable only a few years ago. Read more
Recent advances in communication technologies mean that long-distance communication is now possible with an ease that was unthinkable only a few years ago. The use of such technologies therefore means that the majority of training activities in a postgraduate course can be performed remotely with no need for direct physical contact.

As a result, the main benefit of this course is that it provides access to high-level postgraduate training in endodontics for those people who are unable to physically relocate to another university for two years, thereby allowing students to maintain family and/or work-related bonds while giving them the opportunity to invest the time and dedication required to achieve the training objectives proposed by this course.

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The School of Dentistry was founded in 1916. We remain at the forefront of research, teaching and clinical dental practice. We perform consistently well in university league tables and are a top UK dental school. Read more
The School of Dentistry was founded in 1916. We remain at the forefront of research, teaching and clinical dental practice. We perform consistently well in university league tables and are a top UK dental school. We are a friendly school with a reputation providing a supportive and nurturing environment. This allows students to fulfil their aspirations and achieve clinical and academic excellence. The school provides a dedicated area for postgraduate private study known as 'The Hub'.

How you will be taught

You will attend lectures and seminars and will be encouraged to participate in discussion of the chosen topic. Provision will be made for personal study time and students are expected to use this to increase their knowledge and understanding of endodontology and prepare for assessments.

Practical skills will be taught first using a combination of natural and plastic teeth in a laboratory. Clinical skills will be further developed by treating patients under supervision.

You will be expected to write up and present your completed cases on a regular basis

How you will be assessed

Assessment will be comprised of a one-hour written short-answer examination for each taught module. You will carry out a research project related to endodontology and produce a typed and bound dissertation. This will include a critical review of the literature. It is anticipated that the proportion of time spent on the research project should be approximately 25% of the course.

The results of modular assessments, logbook of clinical activity, case presentations and dissertation will be scrutinized by the examiners. All components will carry equal weighting and candidates must achieve a pass in all examinations.

What you will study

The programme has nine modules. These must be completed and passed and includes a research project. The modular topics have been chosen to run in parallel with the Prosthodontic course and will also provide a good foundation in restorative dentistry. The modules and the associated SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) credits are as follows:

1. Preparing for specialist practice (20 credits)
2. Operative and Adhesive Dentistry (25 credits)
3. Applied dental materials (15 credits)
4. Dissertation (60 credits)
5. Foundation of endodontics (25 credits)
6. Endodontic treatment (25 credits)
7. Nonsurgical endodontic treatment (25 credits)
8. Periradicular surgery (15 credits)
9. Advanced Endodontic practice (30 credits)

Employability

On completion of this course students may consider an academic career or specialised clinical practice

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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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Develop your skills and expertise to a specialist level. Conforming to the GDC’s Specialist Curricula, the course covers the theoretical basis and practical skills needed to manage and treat periodontics and general restorative interdisciplinary cases. Read more

About the course

Develop your skills and expertise to a specialist level. Conforming to the GDC’s Specialist Curricula, the course covers the theoretical basis and practical skills needed to manage and treat periodontics and general restorative interdisciplinary cases.

You’ll use various complementary learning modalities, interacting with colleagues and allied specialties in restorative dentistry to jointly manage patient care. Over the three years, you’ll learn sophisticated research methods and apply them in a scientific research investigation, with specific outcomes for each year of study.

The programme has been approved by RCS Edinburgh as recognised speciality training for eligibility to sit their MRD examinations in the three sub-specialisms of Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

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

Year 1: Principles of Periodontal Treatment; Principles of Endodontic Treatment; Principles of Conservative Dentistry; Management of the Partially Dentate Patient I; Research Project: Literature Review; Clinical Practice Programme: New Patient I.

Year 2: Research Methods in Clinical Dentistry; Principles of Clinical Management; Clinical Practice Programme: New Patient II; Research Project: Experimental Work Data Collection; Clinical Practice Programme: Treatment of Own Patients; Speciality Programme in Endodontics, Periodontics, or Prosthodontics.

Year 3: Clinical Practice Programme: New Patient 3; Research Project: Completion and and Write Up; Clinical Practice Programme: Treatment of Own Patients; Speciality Programme in Endodontics, Periodontics, or Prosthodontics.

Teaching

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, demonstrations, clinical skills laboratory sessions, case-based discussion, extensive practical clinical experience.

Assessment

Competency-based continuous clinical assessments, formal examinations, oral presentations, written assignments, research project.

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