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This full-time, three-year Master's programme is designed for students from outside the European Union. It matches the institute's Specialty Training programme and is designed to enable students to meet training requirements in their home country. Read more

This full-time, three-year Master's programme is designed for students from outside the European Union. It matches the institute's Specialty Training programme and is designed to enable students to meet training requirements in their home country.

About this degree

The programme offers practical experience in advanced conservation, fixed (conventionally prepared and resin-retained designs) and removable prosthodontics, and implant-supported prostheses for single missing teeth or partially edentulous cases, alongside an introduction to occlusal registration techniques and the range of diagnostic procedures required to ensure effective planning and design of oral reconstructions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits. All modules are compulsory.

In year one, students complete core modules to the value of (165 credits). In year two, students complete core modules to the value of (105 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits). In year three students complete clinical study (not credit bearing).

Core modules

  • Interdisciplinary Aspects of Restorative Treatment
  • Principles of Treatment Core Module (Conservative Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, Prosthodontics)
  • Fundamentals of Fixed and Implant Prosthodontics
  • Fundamentals of Removable Prosthodontics
  • Prosthodontic Treatment Planning and Functional Occlusion
  • Prosthodontic Clinical and Laboratory Care 1
  • Advanced Restorative Seminars - Clinical Log Book 1 and Case Reports 1
  • Prosthodontic Operative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Advanced Fixed, Removable, Implant and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
  • Prosthodontic Clinical and Laboratory Care 2
  • Prosthodontic Clinical Log Book and Case Reports 2
  • Clinical Science and Research Methods

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project in year two which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 13,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through one-to-one clinical and laboratory instruction, seminar teaching, lectures, journal club, individual work including a research project, self-directed learning and problem based learning.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Prosthodontics (Advanced Training) MClinDent

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

This programme offers dental professionals the opportunity to extend their knowledge of fixed and removable prosthodontics in order to prepare them for a career in specialist practice, the hospital or community services, industrial dental practice or an academic career in the field.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Prosthodontic, Ministry of Health - Kuwait

Employability

The majority of graduates completing the programme progress onto specialist lists in prosthodontics in the UK. Overseas graduates can apply to sit examinations to join relevant specialist lists in prosthodontics.

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?

The programme is intensive with a strong practical emphasis. Students benefit from first-class facilities which provide unique, seamless training in specialist dentistry, including practical classes in the operative technique laboratory.



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This is a full-time two-year, or part-time three-year Master's programme comprising theoretical instruction, practical work and personal research. Read more

This is a full-time two-year, or part-time three-year Master's programme comprising theoretical instruction, practical work and personal research.

About this degree

The programme offers practical experience in advanced conservation, fixed (conventionally prepared and resin-retained designs) and removable prosthodontics, and implant-supported prostheses for single missing teeth, partial or completely edentulous cases, alongside an introduction to occlusion and the range of diagnostic procedures required to ensure effective planning and design of oral reconstructions. Digital techniques are used throughout.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits. All modules are compulsory.

Year one consists of core modules (165 credits). Year two consists of core modules (105 credits), and a dissertation (90 credits). Year three (Speciality/Advanced Training only) is not credit bearing.

Core modules

  • Interdisciplinary Aspects of Restorative Treatment
  • Principles of Treatment Core Module (Conservative Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, Prosthodontics)
  • Fundamentals of Fixed and Implant Prosthodontics
  • Fundamentals of Removable Prosthodontics
  • Prosthodontic Treatment Planning and Functional Occlusion
  • Prosthodontic Clinical and Laboratory Care I
  • Advanced Restorative Seminars - Clinical Log Book I and Case Reports I
  • Prosthodontic Operative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Advanced Fixed, Removable, Implant and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
  • Prosthodontic Clinical and Laboratory Care 2
  • Prosthodontic Clinical Log Book and Case Reports 2
  • Clinical Science and Research Methods

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project in year two which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 13,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through one-to-one clinical and laboratory instruction, seminar teaching, lectures, journal club, individual work including a research project, self-directed learning and problem-based learning.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Prosthodontics MClinDent

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The majority of graduates continue their progression to specialist training in prosthodontics to gain entry to the prosthodontic specialist list.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • MRD Prosthodontics, UCL
  • MDent (Master of Dentistry), University College London (UCL)

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?

The programme offers an intensive programme with a strong practical emphasis. Students benefit from first-class facilities which provide unique, seamless training in specialist dentistry, including practical classes in the operative technique laboratory. Approximately two-thirds of the programme is allocated to clinical and laboratory work for patients.



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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 DClinDent in Prosthodontics is a three-year, full-time programme which will allow the candidate to achieve specialist-level training in orthodontics, together with a taught professional Doctorate, and will also prepare them for the Speciality Membership Examinations of one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the UK. Read more

The DClinDent in Prosthodontics is a three-year, full-time programme which will allow the candidate to achieve specialist-level training in orthodontics, together with a taught professional Doctorate, and will also prepare them for the Speciality Membership Examinations of one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the UK.

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 each clinical discipline.

Programme structure

The programme addresses five components:

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

For Year 1 and Year 2 students, there will be a written exam at the end of each semester.

In addition to the above, at the end of Year 2, students will also have oral exams.

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 present the following:

a) a clinical governance project b) a systematic review of a topic related to orthodontics c) two fully documented patient case presentations d) two unseen (diagnostic) cases will also form part of this examination

The third year of the DClinDent programme will be structured over three semesters and during this time the student will be timetabled to four protected academic sessions each week with the remaining time dedicated to primarily independent clinical practice and inter-disciplinary patient management.

Programme structure:

Year 1 courses:

  • Introductory Course in Prosthodontics
  • Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Dental Materials Science
  • Fundamentals of Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Removable Prosthodontics
  • Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature
  • Prosthodontics - Clinical Patient Care 1

Year 2 courses:

  • Occlusion and Advanced Prosthodontics
  • Endodontics, Periodontics and Interdisciplinary Care
  • Digital Applications in Prosthodontics
  • Implant Supported Prosthodontics
  • Dissertation
  • Prosthodontics - Clinical Patient Care 2

Year 3 courses:

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

Learning outcomes

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

  • Apply and demonstrate critical prosthodontic knowledge and skills beyond that gained from undergraduate and fundamental dental education and training.
  • Become self-sufficient in the application of prosthodontics (including fundamental endodontics, periodontics and interdisciplinary approaches) to follow a career within the discipline.
  • Demonstrate autonomy in the application of research and evidence based dentistry to support clinical activity.
  • Demonstrate patient management to the standard of a specialist (including laboratory work, interdisciplinary planning and administration).

Career opportunities

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



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Our three-year MSc (Clin) Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics course is designed for dental practitioners who want to further their knowledge of this specialty. Read more

Our three-year MSc (Clin) Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics course is designed for dental practitioners who want to further their knowledge of this specialty.

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.

You will have the option to undertake more extensive treatment plans with further experience in the broader area of restorative dentistry.

Completion of this course will make you eligible to sit the MPros Royal College examination.

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

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 attitude 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 you with knowledge of contemporary practise 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;
  • enable you 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 sessions, e-learning, lectures, clinical skills training, technical/laboratory skills training, seminars, and specialist courses in implants and endodontics.

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 that is 10,000-15,000 words in length.

Course unit details

Specialist clinical component (90 credits)

The specialist clinical component comprises six units:

  • Clinical and Technical Skills (15 credits)
  • Scientific Understanding of Fixed and Removable ProsthodonticsI 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)

Course content for Year 1

  • Additional clinical session per week (3.5 hours each).
  • Additional clinical skills training during first semester.
  • Technical/laboratory skills training (one session per week) - a unique collaboration between The University of Manchester and MMU Centre for Dental Technology Studies (40 extra clinical sessions), plus attendance at an aesthetic composite hands-on course.

Course content for Year 2

  • Additional clinical session per week (3.5 hours each).
  • Three further additional clinical sessions per week during semester one (50 extra clinical sessions).
  • Attendance at week-long multi-system implant training course.
  • Technical/laboratory skills training (one session per week) - A unique collaboration between the University of Manchester and MMU Centre for Dental Technology Studies, attendance at 'Postgraduate Education for the Dental Team' meetings and a seminar series delivered by North West Postgraduate Deanery - various national/international speakers (40 extra clinical sessions).

Course content for Year 3

  • Additional clinical session per week (3.5 hours each) (40 extra clinical sessions).
  • Three further additional clinical sessions per week during semester one (50 extra clinical sessions).
  • Attendance at endodontics course.
  • Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) UK Annual Meeting (two-day residential).
  • Examination preparation for membership in restorative dentistry.

What our students say

The best thing about this course is the amount of hands-on clinical work I have been able to do over all three years. My skills have improved remarkably and I have become much more confident as a dentist and specialist.

Salma Abdulhadi

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 you to participate in a number of conferences and courses. Some selected seminars will also provide you with CPD hours.

Career opportunities

Most graduates return to their practices or university/hospital. A smaller number go on to 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

Course Details

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

Orthodontics
Paediatric Dentistry
Periodontology
Prosthodontics
Oral Surgery

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

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

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

Prosthodontics: Course Director Professor Brian O'Connell

This programme prepares the student for the clinical practice of prosthodontics at specialist level and provides the basis for continuing professional development after completion of the programme. Students will thoroughly explore the prosthodontic literature and become competent in the clinical/laboratory aspects of fixed and removable prosthodontics, including dental implantology. Students will learn how to diagnose, plan and execute high quality prosthodontic treatment for a range of patients. They will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art materials and equipment, including CAD-CAM restorations, computer-aided implant placement and fully adjustable articulators. The course explores the use of high strength ceramics and high-aesthetic situations. The Prosthodontic programme works closely with periodontics, especially in treatment planning for implant patients. In addition, students attend multidisciplinary clinics for the treatment of dental trauma, developmental disorders (including hypodontia) and cancer surgery defects.

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

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

About this degree

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation module (60 credits).

Core modules

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

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

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

Teaching and learning

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

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Conservative Dentistry MSc

Careers

The programme is recommended for dental professionals wanting to upgrade and extend their knowledge and level of clinical practice of conservative dentistry in order to prepare for a career in private or mixed practice, the hospital or community services, industrial dental practice, or an academic career in the field. Career trajectories of recent graduates have included academic or hospital-based positions, private practice placements or continuation to Specialty or PhD degree courses.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Dental Surgeon, Ministry of Defence (MoD)
  • Clinical Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
  • Dental Surgeon, Government of Montserrat
  • MPhil/PhD Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, UCL
  • Registrar Dentist, Eastman Dental Hospital (NHS)

Employability

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

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?

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

Students are exposed to advanced diagnosis and treatment planning procedures, and clinical practice. Undertaking the laboratory work for their patients is key to successful clinical treatment.

The programme has been running for many years and enjoys a worldwide reputation.

Find out more about the programme on the institute's Conservative Dentistry MSc page.

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: Eastman Dental Institute

85% 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 programme is intended for dental practitioners wishing to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical clinical experience in the treatment planning, surgical placement, restoration and maintenance of dental implants. Read more
This programme is intended for dental practitioners wishing to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical clinical experience in the treatment planning, surgical placement, restoration and maintenance of dental implants. The programme has been designed to allow you to gain experience of the use of dental implants in prosthodontic treatment within a supervised environment. Knowledge is developed using distance learning modules and study days. You will also have the opportunity to carry out a research project or literature review and prepare a dissertation.

We aim to produce caring, knowledgeable and skilful practitioners, who are competent in the provision of the surgical and restorative dental aspects of dental implant treatment, within the limits of the individual clinician.

Programme structure

This modular programme is divided in to three sections - certificate, diploma and MSc levels. All students are admitted to the MSc in the first instance and can choose to exit the programme at certificate or diploma level.

Year One
Five theoretical and practical modules are delivered over a minimum of six study days during the year, as well as through distance-learning material and self-directed study. You will also attend clinical practice placements at the Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Dental Implant Clinic in Bath. During the clinical practice placements you will diagnose, plan treatment and carry out implant placement under supervision in pre-selected patients who are provided for you. After completing year one, candidates can exit the programme at certificate level or carry on to year two.

Year Two
A further five modules are delivered over a minimum of six study days, through distance-learning material, self-directed work and work-based study. In addition, you will again attend clinical practice placements. After successfully completing years one and two, candidates may exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Implantology.

Year Three
After a further year, an MSc will be awarded on the successful completion of a dissertation.

Careers

This programme is aimed at experienced dental practitioners who wish to develop their skills in providing dental implants for their patients in practice.

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

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

About this degree

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits).

Core modules

  • Implant Science 1
  • Implant Planning
  • Implant Science 2
  • Implant Practical
  • Implant Clinical 1
  • Implant Clinical 2

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Teaching and learning

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

The programme consists of approximately 82 contact teaching days, divided approximately as follows: Year 1: 30 days; Year 2: 34 days; Year 3: 18 days.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Implant Dentistry PG Dip

Careers

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

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Speciality Doctor, NHS Kingston Hospital
  • Dentist, Edgbaston Dental Care and studying Implantology MSc, University of Lancashire

Employability

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

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?

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

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

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

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: Eastman Dental Institute

85% 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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Our course will suit practitioners with little or no implant dentistry experience. You will develop the skills to plan, treat and maintain implant cases. Read more

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

You will develop your intellectual skills through:

-Case study analysis

-Problem-based learning

-Open discussion

-Self-evaluation

You will develop your practical clinical skills through:

-One-to-one clinical coaching

-Supervised clinical work carried out on patients

You will also gain experience in:

-Minimal trauma extractions

-Guided bone regeneration

-Designing long-term maintenance plans

-How to establish implant dentistry into the practice setting

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

Delivery

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

-Seminars

-Distance learning

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

-One-to-one teaching whilst treating patients

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

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

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

Career

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

Staff

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

The course is also supported by a motivated team of:

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

Facilities

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

Our facilities include:

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

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

Placements

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



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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 programme orientates internationally qualified dental graduates to that of a UK dental practitioner by providing a comprehensive grounding in six key training areas. Read more
This programme orientates internationally qualified dental graduates to that of a UK dental practitioner by providing a comprehensive grounding in six key training areas: basic sciences and their application to modern day dental practice, applied principles of clinical dentistry, clinical skills, communication skills, professionalism, management and leadership.

The course is delivered under three broad headings:

1. Taught
Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:

-Relevant basic sciences including anatomy, physiology, immunology, microbiology and molecular biology with respect to health and how these are altered in disease states
-Patho-physiological and anatomical basis for clinical signs of oral and craniofacial health and disease
-Relationships between dental disease, population risk factors and the preventative measures

And integrate this knowledge to dental areas through discussions in:

-Basic and clinical science associated with pharmacology and therapeutics used in dentistry
-The science underpinning the key properties of dental materials and evaluate their clinical applications


2. Clinical
Students' clinical skills will be augmented through practical, laboratory based sessions using typodont teeth set in a manikin head.

-Operative skills will be taught to ensure students can undertake skilled, competent and safe dental procedures including: cavity design, extra-coronal restorations and non-surgical endodontic treatment.
-Simulated clinical techniques will be undertaken and the student will be introduced to decision making processes leading to tooth loss and replacement and execution of appropriate operative techniques for all stages of planned prosthodontic treatment (excluding bridges and implants) in conjunction, as necessary, with other specialists and technicians.

Students will observe current UK dental practise via clinics in oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontology, paediatrics, prosthodontics, radiology and orthodontics.

Tutoring in Objective Structured Clinical Reasoning Examinations (OSCE) and Structured Clinical Reasoning (SCR) Exams will be carried out using the advanced facilities in the state of the art dental skills laboratory.

3. Research
The research component consists of a structured literature review and clinical audit report. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:

-Critical appraisal and analysis of scientific and clinical literature
-How clinical audit identifies problems in clinical service and helps formulate solutions
-Appropriate tools for searching the literature (search engines, web-based libraries, electronic documents)

Students will develop the analytical skills to be able to:

-Critically appraise, analyse and evaluate scientific papers and clinical literature applying the principles of evidence based dentistry
-Evaluate evidence of the latest developments in Dentistry
-Communication skills will be developed throughout the taught, clinical and research elements of the course with specific topic presentations during seminars as well as through journal club reports and presentations on dental and clinical governance topics.

The application deadline is 30th June 2017. Once we have received applications by the deadline the first selection process will begin. We reserve the right to receive further application after the deadline and make decisions on those applications in July/August subject to places being available.

Why study for your MSc in Dental Science for Clinical Practice at Queen Mary?

The School of Medicine and Dentistry has an unrivalled tradition of excellence in research and teaching extending as far back as 1123 with the founding of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The London Hospital Medical College was the first Medical School in England, founded in 1785, and our Dental School was established well over a century ago. We are ranked 3rd in the UK for Dentistry (Guardian University Guide 2017) and our research is ranked among the best in the UK according to the most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF 2014).


In April 2014, QMUL’s new Dental School opened its doors to patients and students - the first new dental school in the UK to be built in 40 years. The £78m new school houses the most modern dental facilities in the UK, following more than a decade of planning and work. The new premises provide cutting-edge technology, superb education and research facilities for clinical dentistry and a vastly improved patient experience.


Students’ postgraduate learning experience is enhanced by our fantastic location in the east of London. Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live and work but we also serve a diverse local community, where students develop their clinical skills and knowledge. Moreover, the Dental School offers students many exciting opportunities to develop an understanding of health and the treatment of disease in a global and international context.


The Institute of Dentistry is a special place to undertake postgraduate studies, bringing together a number of world-leading researchers in basic and clinical sciences who supervise research students in the fields of oral medicine, oral pathology, oral microbiology, oral epidemiology, oncology, dental biomaterials, dental biophysics, dental public health, dental education, periodontology, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, prosthetic and conservative dentistry.


You will have the opportunity to attend Continuing Development Courses of the London Deanery, Royal Society of Medicine (Odontology Section) as well as internal Departmental and Dental and Blizard Institute seminars.


You will prepare a professional development portfolio based on evidence gathered from lectures, tutorials, clinics, self-study and self-reflection sessions.


Facilities
You will have access to a range of facilities including: medical and dental libraries located at the Royal London and at Barts hospitals, as well as the Mile End library.

Postgraduate Dental students will have access to the Dental Clinical Skills Laboratory based in the Garrod building at the Whitechapel Site.

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Our MSc Dental Implantology (Dental Specialties) course gives dental practitioners the knowledge and skills needed to replace missing teeth and support oral tissues with dental implants. Read more

Our MSc Dental Implantology (Dental Specialties) course gives dental practitioners the knowledge and skills needed to replace missing teeth and support oral tissues with dental implants.

This course is ideal for dentists with a range of experience, from those new to the discipline to those with considerable implant exposure.

You will develop the requisite knowledge and skills to undertake implant surgery and prosthodontic reconstruction with predictable long-term success while studying a comprehensive range of course units.

You will complete a five-day foundation course at Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC) in July. This ensures that you possess foundation knowledge before starting the MSc in September.

During the MSc, you will complete five cases and go on surgical placements where you will receive one-to-one mentoring from an experienced implant surgeon.

You will also attend a two-day cadaver course run by the Royal College of Surgeons and local consultants, and travel to an implant company teaching centre in Sweden for two days to receive teaching from well-established international contributors. You will continue to attend several hands-on courses at MANDEC.

Special features

Extensive practical experience

You will build hands-on experience through surgical placements at private clinics and courses at MANDEC throughout the MSc.

Expert teaching

Learn from consultants, specialists and experienced general implantologists, as well as contributors from the clinical specialities of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Restorative Dentistry.

Additional course information

The clinical training part of the course involves travel and attendance at the dental facilities on campus and associated practices.

Teaching and learning

You will complete a five-day foundation course at Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC) in July. This ensures that you possess foundation knowledge before starting the MSc in September.

Learning on the MSc is via observation, seminars and hands-on experience, with contributors from the clinical specialities of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Restorative Dentistry so you can observe surgical and restorative stages.

The course is supported by a number of consultants, specialists and experienced general implantologists and regular observation sessions are organised.

You will complete five cases and go on surgical placements where you will receive one-to-one mentoring from an experienced implant surgeon.

You will also attend a two-day cadaver course run by the Royal College of Surgeons and local consultants, and travel to an implant company teaching centre in Sweden for two days to receive teaching from well-established international contributors. You will continue to attend several hands-on courses at MANDEC.

In Year 1, you are required to attend lectures and clinical attachments. At the start of the new term in September you will be required to learn at the University for three days a week until the last week of October. You will then be required to learn at the University on a Monday and Tuesday on (mostly) a weekly basis.

In Year 2, you are required to attend lectures and clinical attachments on a fortnightly basis. Lectures take place at the University itself, while clinical attachments take place at private clinics off campus.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is via written exams, essays, case presentations and viva voce.

The PGCert, PGDip and MSc courses run in succession. The PGCert offers a foundation in implantology, and the PGDip builds on this, offering a diverse range of contemporary experiences and techniques.

A research dissertation is required for the MSc qualification, many of which are published in international peer-reviewed journals.

Unit assessment methods include:

  • Research Methods: two tutor-marked assignments and participation in specified online group activities;
  • Biostatistics: two tutor-marked assignments;
  • Dissertation: an independent research project with a written report of 10,000-15,000 words.

Course unit details

There are four components to the course:

Research Methods unit: Training in skills related to the design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically related research.

Biostatistics unit:  Training in skills in data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical and clinically related research.

Specialist Clinical units:  Gain an understanding of the scientific basis of implantology, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of adult patients.

The specialist clinical units encompass the following:

  • Core lectures to include:
  • Medical emergency management
  • Cross infection control
  • Radiological protection
  • Clinical governance
  • Interactive seminars related to implantology
  • Pre-clinical skills course
  • Clinical treatment sessions in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Attendance at consultation clinics
  • Case reviews

Research unit: This unit aims to give you skills in the identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project and to give you experience of working independently.

Year 1 course content

  • Implant Basic Sciences (15 credits)
  • Basic Implant Surgical and Restorative Techniques parts 1 and 2 (15 credits each)
  • Implant Treatment Planning (15 credits)

Completion of the first year provides the 60 credits needed for the Dental Implantology PGCert.

Year 2 course content

  • Advanced Implant Surgical and Restorative Techniques (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Biostatistics (15 credits each)

Completion of Year 1 plus Research Methods and Advanced Implant Sciences provides the 120 credits needed for the Dental Implantology PGDip.

  • Research project and dissertation (60 credits) : For MSc students only. You will have a supervisor who will discuss the choice of research project and give advice and guidance throughout. Dissertation areas include the writing of a systematic review in any field of implant dentistry or lab-based research projects.

Completion of Years 1 and 2 provide the 180 credits needed for the Dental Implantology MSc.

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

Some selected seminars will also provide you with CPD hours.

Career opportunities

Several dentists who have completed this course have either contributed as lecturers or become mentors.



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