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This part-time, online modular programme provides masters-level education for primary care clinicians, with a particular emphasis on restorative dentistry. Read more

This part-time, online modular programme provides masters-level education for primary care clinicians, with a particular emphasis on restorative dentistry.

The structure of the degree is designed to meet the needs of dental practitioners from all over the world.

The programme develops your ability to take an evidence-based approach to clinical practice and to assess and provide quality primary dental care.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

Each course will run over a period of six or twelve weeks (depending on the credits) with participation in online discussions and completion of timed tasks being a compulsory part of the process.

The programme is supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE) and all the educational material is available online. Coursework for assessment is uploaded to the site and there is an active student discussion board available alongside tutor-led discussions. All of the modules provide continuous assessment.

Maintenance of a portfolio of evidence is an essential component of assessment. Students are strongly encouraged to include a reflective element and to maintain a personal journal.

There is a significant commitment of time required to complete this programme and applicants should be aware that they will be required to take part in weekly tutorials and discussions. It is estimated that between 15-20 hours of clinical time and personal study will be required each week.

You may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level.

Year 1 (certificate) and Year 2 (diploma) courses include:

  • Introduction to Clinical Evidence
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Direct Restorations
  • Dental Clinic Management
  • Occlusal Management of the Restored Natural Dentition
  • Endodontics in Primary Dental Care
  • Periodontal Management in Primary Dental Care
  • Indirect Restorations
  • Restoration of the Edentulous Space

In Year 3 (masters), you will complete a research dissertation and carry out clinical case reports.

An annual summer school will be run in the Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute to reinforce the clinical-skills coaching element of the teaching.

Career opportunities

This masters degree does not allow entry to any specialist lists, but it will aid promotion in a primary dental care career pathway, particularly within a salaried service.

General Dental Practitioners who wish to be involved with teaching or research will also find this an important qualification.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England (FGDP UK) have accredited the degree towards their Fellowship career pathway.



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This programme is suitable for doctors, nurses and any other health care professionals aiming to acquire specialised skills and qualifications in primary and community care; for example covering all dimensions required in line with the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. Read more
This programme is suitable for doctors, nurses and any other health care professionals aiming to acquire specialised skills and qualifications in primary and community care; for example covering all dimensions required in line with the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.

Aimed at providing all primary health care professionals with skills and academic requirements for specialist clinical practice within the community, as well as research skills and health service evaluation, this course is suitable for those aiming to acquire specialised skills and qualifications in primary and community care, including:

- experienced doctors
- doctors in training
- community and practice based nurses
- pharmacists
- any other health care professionals

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The internationally renowned Dental Public Health MSc at UCL offers a challenging and innovative programme of study. Based in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, a particular strength of the programme is the focus on exploring the application of public health philosophy to dental public health issues. Read more

The internationally renowned Dental Public Health MSc at UCL offers a challenging and innovative programme of study. Based in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, a particular strength of the programme is the focus on exploring the application of public health philosophy to dental public health issues.

About this degree

Students develop a broad understanding of the philosophy of dental public health, and in particular the underlying social, economic and political determinants of health. They are able to describe and apply the key principles of the Primary Health Care Approach, and demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of current concepts and theories.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a project report (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Philosophy and Principles of Dental Public Health
  • Oral Epidemiology
  • Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences
  • Principles and Practice of Oral Health Promotion
  • Research Methods in Dental Public Health
  • Regression Modelling
  • Evidence Based Dental Practice
  • Planning for Better Oral Health
  • Research Dissertation

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of no more than 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is designed to encourage maximum student participation and involvement, and is based upon small group teaching seminars, where a questioning approach is actively encouraged, enabling students to challenge the basis for current dental policy and practice. Assessment is through internal assignments, examination, oral presentation and the research dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Dental Public Health MSc

Careers

Many former students have become chief dental officers, dental public health academics and planners in their own countries.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Dentist, NHS (National Health Service)
  • Deputy of Brazilian Air Force Dental Health System, Forヘa Aホrea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force)
  • MPhil/PhD in Epidemiology and Health Care,UCL
  • Dentist, Ministry of Health.
  • Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India

Employability

Many of our completing students go on to work within governing bodies, healthcare institutions and local dentist practices. A large number also go on to academic careers and commence research degrees within their specified areas of interest at various higher education institutes around the world.

Within the UK, several of our past students are now lecturers in dental public health, while others are consultants in dental public health working at Public Health England.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's pioneering universities with a reputation for high-quality research. Located in the heart of London it is a stimulating and exciting environment in which to study.

UCL Epidemiology & Public Health is a friendly, thriving multidisciplinary department. Staff, specialising in biology, dentistry, economics, epidemiology, medicine, psychology, public health, statistics and sociology, aim to develop a better understanding of health and prevention of ill health through vigorous research at a global, national and local level. This knowledge is applied via teaching and contributions to national and international health policy and the wider public understanding of health.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This full-time course is open to international applicants only. This unique course will advance your skills and clinical development in general dental practice providing core skills in oral health, patient challenges and dealing with complex dental cases. Read more

This full-time course is open to international applicants only.

This unique course will advance your skills and clinical development in general dental practice providing core skills in oral health, patient challenges and dealing with complex dental cases. The course has a heavily clinically-based nature and is the only course in the UK that provides an integrated postgraduate clinical education.

The course has been designed in close collaboration with General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) to provide flexible, tailored support and will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills to provide more complex care for patients.

Aimed at experienced dental surgeons seeking personal, professional and clinical progression the course will develop your problem solving skills within a patient-focused clinical setting.

Course content

Using specially designed Case-Based Learning, you'll be able to relate your learning to a simulated clinical case, thereby embedding your newfound knowledge in a meaningful and useful way.

The programme includes:

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

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

Year 1

This suite of modules aims to update your knowledge in new innovations and emerging evidence to provide a firm foundation on which to build your new skills.

Pillars of Oral Health (20 credits)

Takes the knowledge and application of the scientific evidence behind prevention and management of the key dental diseases to a more advanced level.

Patient Challenges (20 credits)

Expands applied knowledge of more complex and challenging patient interactions.

Managing Dental Aesthetics and the Worn Dentition (20 credits)

Will consider dental appearance and indications for restoration of tooth surface loss.

Clinical Practice

Refreshing and Refining Skills (60 credits)

The rehearsal of clinical skills will be validated before progression to management of real cases in the clinics of the Dental Institute.

Year 2

Year two develops higher level skills in more complex and challenging situations.

Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery (20 credits)

Equips you to diagnose and manage more complex oral medical and surgical issues.

Endodontics and Traumatology (20 credits)

To develop and apply a higher level of knowledge in this discipline.

Advanced Periodontology and Restorative Dentistry (20 credits)

Consideration will be given to complex issues in periodontology and restorative dentistry.

Research Methodology and Statistics (10 credits)

Prepare for the final year independent research project with this research skills module.

Clinical Practice

Developing and Expanding Skills (50 credits)

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

Year 3

Year three culminates in an original independent research dissertation giving you the opportunity to explore your area of interest in-depth. There is also a Clinical Audit Project where you will be able to choose an area of practice in which you wish to undertake an audit project.

Research dissertation (40 credits)

You will undertake an individual project and so deepen their understanding of the philosophy of research, ethics and ethical approval, good practice and research methodology. You will gain experience of working within research groups with clinical and non-clinical colleagues.

Clinical Audit Project (10 credits)

Discuss how you can improve clinical practice to make a positive difference to your patients. The project includes how to plan an audit, collect different types of data and how to compile, analyse and interpret data and implement change.

Multidisciplinary Management of the Complex Case (20 credits)

This module addresses multi-disciplinary issues such as diagnosis and management of atypical facial pain and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Clinical Practice

Dealing with Complexity and Challenge (50 credits)

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

Learning and teaching

Teaching will take place in small groups as a series of modules covering case based learning platforms and enhanced clinical education at the Leeds Dental Institute.

You will be taught by staff with a wealth of General Dental Practice experience. Learning will be tailored to General Dental Practitioners.

You will have access to our world-leading virtual learning platform including the use of the largest clinical rehearsal suite in Europe.

Assessment

You will be assessed on your ability to apply your knowledge of advanced dental practice alongside competency of performing clinical procedures.

Assessment of professional standards is a key feature and includes the submission of a “living” portfolio covering a professional development plan, 360 degree feedback, results of patient surveys and personal reflection.

Career opportunities

This unique programme includes extensive clinical experience and assessment of skills and will support your clinical development to an Advanced level. These higher level skills will be invaluable to future employers in your home country and will allow you to upskill in core competences in dentistry. 



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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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Our MSc Advanced General Dental Practice course is aimed at dentists who want to enhance their skills and knowledge as a general dental practitioner. Read more

Our MSc Advanced General Dental Practice course is aimed at dentists who want to enhance their skills and knowledge as a general dental practitioner.

Taking this course will enable you to confidently manage more complex cases on a day-to-day basis, while the research component will help you to take an evidence-based approach to decision-making and treatment planning.

Most of the course is delivered online on a part-time basis, enabling you to fit study around your other commitments. You will have a wide range of units to choose from, tailoring the course to your own interests.

There are also some hands-on elements to help develop your practical clinical skills. These take place at your own practice and Ordsall Dental Health Centre. Skills development will also take place at facilities within the University.

Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to effectively diagnose and treat patients in general dental practice;
  • give you the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable critical evaluation and problem solving for dental problems to allow independent practice;
  • provide you with knowledge relating to the contemporary practice of dentistry (including an appreciation of an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive patient care) to allow communication with both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • 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 showing initiative and personal responsibility;
  • develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare you for advanced clinical practice in general dental practice.

Teaching and learning

This course is mainly online distance learning with attendance at clinical and clinical skills sessions.

We employ a diverse range of teaching methods, including seminars to introduce and facilitate in-depth understanding of key course concepts, as well as peer-to-peer and staff-to-student feedback and discussion through group work.

Additional, self-directed learning enables you to reflect upon your clinical work, skills and key concepts introduced within seminars.

Tutorials will use a problem-based format to help you develop communication and presentation skills, as well as appreciate the relevance of scientific study to clinical practice.

We will also provide you with 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 you will 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.

Coursework and assessment

Formal assessment for the Research Methods, Biostatistics and CPD components takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments per unit.

For the clinical skills component, assessment is through examination of a variety of skills procedures carried out in the skills facility.

For the clinical component, case reflection and presentation, assessment is through a combination of written reports (reflective case presentations) and viva voce or oral presentation.

The majority of clinical activity will take place at Ordsall Dental Health Centre, with clinical teaching delivered by members of the University.

Facilities

Online distance learning students will have access to the University's online library facilities .

For the clinical aspects of the course, you may make use of your own premises and Ordsall Dental Health Centre. For the skills aspects of the course, the University's facilities are available.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

Attendance will help achieve some mandatory CPD.



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

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

INDUSTRY LINKS

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

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

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

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

FURTHER INFORMATION

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

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

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Our MSc Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics (Dental Specialties) course is ideal for dental practitioners who want to learn more about this field. Read more

Our MSc Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics (Dental Specialties) course is ideal for dental practitioners who want to learn more about this field.

You will develop skills in providing a range of procedures, including complex removable prostheses, implant-supported prostheses, integrated fixed and removable prostheses, and restoration of tooth wear using direct and indirect materials.

You will also gain an insight into clinical and technical skills, contemporary prosthodontic techniques, scientific understanding of fixed and removable prosthodontics, diagnosis and treatment planning and reflective prosthodontic practice.

In addition, you will develop research planning and implementation skills through the dissertation unit.

Dentists requiring more specialist training in this field may be interested in our three-year MSc (Clin) Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics course .

Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues involved in the scientific basis of fixed and removable prosthodontics;
  • develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable critical evaluation and problem solving for prosthodontic problems to allow you to practice independently at the appropriate level;
  • ensure you are competent in the design and interpretation of original clinical research at the forefront of current dental research (including data collection and statistical analysis using appropriate computer software);
  • provide knowledge relating to the contemporary practice of fixed and removable prosthodontics (including an appreciation of an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive patient care) to allow communication with both specialist non-specialist audiences;
  • provide you with the knowledge and experience to plan, implement and complete a research project showing initiative and personal responsibility.

Teaching and learning

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

You will learn through clinical and technical sessions, seminars, e-learning and lectures.

Find out more about postgraduate teaching and learning at Manchester .

Key academic staff

Coursework and assessment

Research Methods

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

Biostatistics

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

Specialist clinical component

You will be assessed via a variety of formative and summative methods. These include patient logs, submission of clinical and technical skills work, written assignments and structured essay papers, Multiple Short Answer (MSA), Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Question (EMQ) papers, Objective Structured Long Examination Record (OSLER), mini-case write-ups and structured oral examinations.

Dissertation

You will also produce a dissertation between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.

Course unit details

Specialist clinical component (90 credits)

Full-time students attend up to six sessions per week over 45 weeks for the clinical component of the course. Part-time students attend the clinical component for up to three sessions per week in each of the two years.

The specialist clinical component comprises six units:

  • Clinical and Technical Skills (15 credits)
  • Scientific Understanding of Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics I and II (15 credits each)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (15 credits)
  • Reflective Prosthodontic Practice (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Prosthodontic Techniques (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Biostatistics (15 credits each)

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation provides training in identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project.

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

Examples of dissertations submitted include:

  • An investigation to evaluate fracture resistance of fibre-reinforced crowns
  • The effect of isolating solution on the attachment and retention of candidal species on denture acrylic
  • A comparative assessment of dentists' perceptions of smile aesthetics in facial and dental views
  • The outcomes of providing dental implants to patients with risk of osteoporosis of the mandibular bone
  • A comparison of prosthodontic treatment plan prescribing provided by vocational dental practitioners and their trainees in England

Facilities

You will have access to dedicated postgraduate suites at the University, as well as extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We will invite students to participate in a number of conferences. Some selected seminars will also provide you with CPD hours.

Career opportunities

Most graduates return to their practices. A smaller number go on to pursue further clinical training in fixed and removable prosthodontics or undertake higher research degrees (eg MPhil or PhD).



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

Orthodontics
Paediatric Dentistry
Periodontology
Prosthodontics
Oral Surgery

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

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

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

Paediatric Dentistry: Course Director Dr. Anne O'Connell

The Paediatric Dentistry Training Programme prepares the student both didactically and clinically to manage the child patient (0-16 years) at specialist level in a variety of settings (clinic, hospital, private practice). Clinical experience is provided under consultant supervision in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and in two Paediatric Hospitals. The volume and variety of patients includes healthy children, children with traumatic injuries, children with challenging behaviour, medically compromised children, children with dental anomalies/ syndromes etc. Treatment is provided under local anaesthesia, relative analgesia or general anaesthesia. Interdisciplinary care is co-ordinated with the other specialty programmes. The programme has six modules. In addition, the student is required to complete one or more research projects and present at international meetings. Publication of clinical and research work is encouraged.

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This course teaches the academic and clinical skills you need to practise orthodontics. You’ll develop an evidence-based, 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 orthodontics. You’ll develop an evidence-based, 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.

The programme includes all the features of the first two years of the Curriculum and Specialist Training Programme in Orthodontics approved by the UK General Dental Council.

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 for both programmes

Principles of Clinical Orthodontics I; Principles of Clinical Orthodontics II; Research Methods in Clinical Dentistry; Principles of Clinical Management; Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal; Orthodontic Case Studies and Dissertation.

Additional core modules for DClinDent Orthodontics

Clinical Orthodontic Practice Programmes I, II, and III; Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis Principles; Research Project Literature Review; Orthodontic Thesis.

Teaching

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, online learning, demonstrations, clinical sessions, laboratory and typodont exercises. Working with a number of patients, you’ll get extensive practical clinical experience in the use of fixed, removable and functional appliances.

Assessment

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

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Our web-based MRes Dental Public Health course is designed for students who want to develop skills for health services research to help improve oral health for whole populations. Read more

Our web-based MRes Dental Public Health course is designed for students who want to develop skills for health services research to help improve oral health for whole populations.

This course is especially suited to those who want to go on to undertake a PhD, but have limited experience of research.

You will collaborate online with colleagues from across the world to explore practical, evidence-based approaches to care, prevention and planning services.

The course has been recognised for higher training in the specialty and confers eligibility to sit the Diploma in Dental Public Health examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (DDPHRCS).

Our students come from a range of occupations, including clinicians, managers, commissioners, providers or researchers. Our tutors will work with you to apply what you learn within your own context and healthcare system.

Aims

We aim to enable you to:

  • critically assess evidence that underlies oral health practice;
  • use a population approach to health issues;
  • demonstrate skills that contribute to public health policy-making and service planning;
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to research and answer population health questions;
  • apply your research skills to a PhD programme.

You will also be able to critically appraise the evidence base and take an international perspective on population health.

Special features

Connect with students from around the world

This course runs alongside the Master of Public Health (MPH) course at Manchester. There are currently around 200 students from 24 countries enrolled across both courses.

Teaching and learning

Online course delivery

The primary method of course delivery is via the internet, using technology that allows tutors to encourage active communication and discussion between participants on the course. This enables you to learn through easy access to a wealth of web-based materials and published articles, both from the course tutors and other students.

Induction residential course 

A two-day residential is held jointly with the MPH, MDPH and MRes courses at The University of Manchester at the beginning of the first academic year. It is designed to give everyone the necessary technical training and general orientation of materials that you will use throughout the course. You are encouraged to attend the residential, but it is not compulsory, as the same induction material is available online.

Coursework and assessment

Unit assessments

The assessment of each course unit is by written assignment rather than exams. Typically, assessment of each unit would involve a mid-semester and end-of-semester assignment. The word count of the assignments is typically 1,000 and 4,000 respectively.

Additionally, some assessment may be made of your contribution to online discussion.

Dissertation

The dissertation is worth 90 credits and should be between 15,000-18,000 words in length. It will comprise one of the following options:

  • a research protocol/grant application;
  • a research report, usually the secondary analysis of a dataset;
  • a qualitative or theoretical study;
  • a structured literature review.

Course unit details

You should expect to spend, on average, approximately 10-15 hours a week for every course unit studied.

Part-time students are advised to take only one course unit in the first semester.

Qualitative Research Methods is a prerequisite for any students planning a qualitative dissertation.

Career opportunities

Our course will enable you to apply your new skills and knowledge to conducting research into planning and delivering oral health services in your own area of work.

Some graduates may also go on to work towards the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons.



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Programme description

The DClinDent in Paediatric Dentistry is a three-year, full-time programmes which allows the pursuit of specialist training, attainment of a Taught Professional Doctorate in Paediatric Dentistry and preparation for the Tri-Collegiate Specialty Membership Examination in Paediatric Dentistry administered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The DClinDent aims to provide doctoral level educational opportunities to enable students to develop, consolidate and enhance their range of academic and clinical competencies to enable independent and reflective practice at the standard of a specialist in Paediatric Dentistry.

Programme structure

The programme commences with an initial module of four to six weeks based in the clinical skills laboratory to allow the postgraduate to become familiar with the rationale and clinical techniques used in the Department of Paediatric Dentistry at the Edinburgh Dental Institute. During the initial months, there is an introduction to the dental literature and to research methodology. The remainder of the programme follows a consistent pattern where six sessions each week are spent in the clinical care of patients. The remaining four sessions each week are dedicated to the academic and research programmes as well as personal study.

Programme structure:

Year 1

  • The Management of Anxious Children and Adolescents
  • Clinical Patient Care 1
  • Research methodology and patient safety

Year 2

  • Clinical Patient Care 2
  • Dissertation

As available in Years 1 or Year 2:

  • Dental Caries and Periodontal Disease in the Child and Adolescent
  • Examination, Diagnosis, Management and Treatment of Oro-Dental Trauma
  • Paediatric Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Oral Pathology
  • Management of developmental anomalies
  • Management of Medically, Physically and Intellectually Compromised Patients

Year 3

  • Systematic Review
  • Clinical Patient Care 3
  • Clinical Governance Project
  • Specialist-Level Clinical Case-Reports

The clinical component is taught mainly on clinic where students undertake supervised management of patients. In the first two years, the academic content of the programme will be delivered in the form of lectures and seminars with critical appraisal and discussion of the relevant literature. In the final year, the taught component of the course will be restricted to minimal use of lecture/seminar-format for the Systematic Review and Clinical Governance Project.

For Year 1 and Year 2 students, there will be a written assessment at the end of each term. In addition, Year 2 students will also be assessed on four unseen cases and on presentation of three personally-treated cases. Year 2 students will also submit a dissertation which they will defend during a viva-voce examination.

Successful completion of the first two years of the programme will allow students to proceed to Year 3 of the programme. In Year 3, students will be assessed on a clinical governance project, a systematic review of a topic related to Paediatric Dentistry, two fully documented patient case presentations and two unseen cases.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the DClinDent, the student will be able to:

  • critically understand both the clinical and research practice for the discipline of Paediatric Dentistry which will include the scientific basis and evidence-base that supports the speciality
  • analyse and manage complex problems within their discipline
  • demonstrate the scientific principles of critical evaluation and analytical thinking for a range of clinical problems
  • interact and work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team amongst dental, medical and surgical specialties
  • apply transferable knowledge, skills and values from previous clinical practice for application in novel situations
  • design and organise a Systematic Review
  • exhibit clinical competence at the level of a specialist for an appropriate range of treatment techniques
  • show competence in the selection, planning, implementation, interpretation and dissemination of clinical audit

Career opportunities

The programme is aimed at qualified dental practitioners who wish to further enhance their evidence-based knowledge and skills in Paediatric Dentistry to attain a Professional Doctorate and also at individuals preparing for the Tri-Collegiate Specialty Membership Examination in Paediatric Dentistry.

The latter facilitates access to the United Kingdom General Dental Council Specialist Register in Paediatric Dentistry, allowing an individual to practice as a specialist and with further training, appointment as a substantive/honorary NHS Consultant.

Likewise, for overseas students attainment of both a Professional Doctorate and a College Speciality Membership normally allows appointment within their own country at the Specialist/Consultant level.



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

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

Description

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

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

- critically evaluate health research

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programme details

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

Compulsory Modules

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

The third module may be chosen from the following list:

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

Course aims

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

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

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

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

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

Students will know and understand:

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

- the ethical issues in health research and research governance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assessment methods

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate students must:

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

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

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

Level and demands

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

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

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

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

Additionally candidates should:

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

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

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

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

- Motivation and ability to complete the course

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

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

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

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Given the complex and evolving nature of multi-professional health care, skilled practitioners must be able to lead service transformation through advanced clinical assessment and decision making at the interface between primary and secondary care. Read more
Given the complex and evolving nature of multi-professional health care, skilled practitioners must be able to lead service transformation through advanced clinical assessment and decision making at the interface between primary and secondary care. Based on international research, developed with clinical experts and delivered within world-class learning facilities, this programme has been designed with high quality, research informed person-centred care at its heart.

This programme allows you the flexibility to complete modules within a three year timescale. The modules generally run in one or two week blocks making travelling and self-study time more straightforward to fit in. We also offer a distance-learning module.

The programme includes a range of modules in areas such as advanced health assessment and clinical decision making, leadership in advanced clinical practice, project management and research. There are opportunities to include Independent Prescribing or specialist clinical modules such as palliative and end of life care, care of older adults with complex needs, health promotion and public health.

Exit awards available are:

Advanced Clinical Health Assessment and Decision Making - PGCert
Advancing Clinical Practice - PGDip
Advanced Clinical Practice – MSc

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Our web-based Master of Dental Public Health (MDPH) course is designed for students who want to improve oral health for whole populations. Read more

Our web-based Master of Dental Public Health (MDPH) course is designed for students who want to improve oral health for whole populations.

You will collaborate online with colleagues from across the world to explore practical, evidence-based approaches to care, prevention and planning services. No prior detailed knowledge of dentistry, the NHS or service planning is assumed.

The course is recognised for higher training in the specialty and confers eligibility to sit the Diploma in Dental Public Health examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (DDPHRCS). This grounding in methodology is also great preparation for a PhD.

Our students come from a range of occupations, including clinicians, managers, commissioners, providers or researchers. Our tutors will work with you to apply what you learn within your own context and healthcare system.

Aims

We aim to enable you to:

  • critically assess evidence that underlies oral health practice;
  • use a population approach to health issues;
  • demonstrate skills that contribute to public health policy-making and service planning;
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to research and answer population health questions;
  • take an international perspective on population health.

Special features

Connect with students from around the world

This course runs alongside the Master of Public Health (MPH) course at Manchester. There are currently around 200 students from 24 countries enrolled across both courses.

Teaching and learning

Online course delivery

The primary method of course delivery is via the internet, using technology that allows tutors to encourage active communication and discussion between participants on the course. This enables you to learn through easy access to a wealth of web-based materials and published articles, both from the course tutors and other students.

Residential course 

A two-day residential is held jointly with the MPH course at The University of Manchester at the beginning of the course. It is designed to give everyone the necessary technical training and general orientation of materials that you will use throughout the course. You are encouraged to attend the residential, but it is not compulsory, as the same induction material is available online.

Coursework and assessment

Unit assessments

The assessment of each course unit is by written assignment rather than exams. Typically, assessment of each unit would involve a mid-semester and end-of-semester assignment. The word count of the assignments is typically 1,000 and 4,000 respectively.

Additionally, some assessment may be made of your contribution to online discussion.

Dissertation

MDPH students will work with a supervisor on a project tailored to your own interests. The MDPH dissertation report is worth 60 credits and will be between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.

There are five options for dissertation work:

  • research grant proposal
  • quantitative research report
  • structured literature review
  • academic public health report
  • qualitative/ theoretical study.

Course unit details

You should expect to spend, on average, approximately 10-15 hours a week for each course unit studied.

Part-time students usually enrol on a minimum of one course unit per semester, so that the coursework is completed within four years. However, the course can be taken at your own pace, provided it is completed within five years.

Part-time students are advised to take at least two core units in the first year of the course, one in each semester.

What our students say

Read about MDPH graduate Anne-Marie Agius 's experience of studying for her master's degree from Malta.

Facilities

The course materials will link you to key journal articles, e-books and other online resources.

The facilities and support of the University of Manchester library will be available to you as a distance learner to enable you to search, retrieve and make sense of the quality sources around the topics studied.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

Individual units from this course are available as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please contact us for more information.

Career opportunities

Our course will enable you to apply your new skills and knowledge to planning and delivering oral health services in your own area of work.

Some graduates may also go on to work towards the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.



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