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.
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.
As available in Years 1 or Year 2:
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.
On completion of the DClinDent, the student will be able to:
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.
The Systematic Reviews for Social Policy and Practice MSc equips students to work with the increasing number of national and international organisations committed to evidence-informed policy and practice. Students learn alongside early career and experienced researchers, policymakers and practitioners from a diverse set of policy sectors and disciplines.
The programme will enable you to plan and appraise a systematic review of research in any policy area, to develop a critical appreciation of the full diversity of review approaches and types of research use, and equip you with understanding and skills to help ensure perspectives from the public, practitioners, policymakers and researchers are all considered in research and policy development.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits), one to two optional modules (30 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).
Students must take 30 credits and can select from the following modules
Some optional modules have pre-requisites and not all are available for study at a distance
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000 to 12,000-word dissertation on one of the following:
a) A systematic review in a social policy area of your own choice, including a critical discussion of that review.
b) A critical apraisal of the active involvement of stakeholders in research, or in evidence-informed policy development in an area of your choice.
Teaching and learning
This programme can be studied completely online and at a distance or by taking face-to-face seminars or workshops on campus with online learning. It is assessed by coursework assignments and a 10-12,000-word dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Systematic Reviews for Social Policy and Practice MSc
Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas, for example one is a project director in mobile technology for learning, while another is a social research manager advising national government. Another graduate works as a senior editor of systematic research reviews. Others have gone on to doctoral studies.
Students completing the programme are equipped with enhanced critical thinking skills and, in particular, skills for research design and appraisal, spanning a full range of research purposes and problems.
This multidisciplinary programme is unique in the way that students study methods for reviews of both qualitative and quantitative data, and a full range of research designs.
The programme can be taken entirely at a distance, or on campus, and attracts students from across the globe, many of whom are already working for research-focused or policy-making organisations.
You will learn from research-active tutors based at the IOE’s EPPI-Centre which is recognised worldwide for its development of methods for diverse kinds of systematic review, for the production of policy-relevant research, and for research into perspectives and participation.
The DClinDent in Orthodontics 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.
The programme begins with an introduction of core topics, followed by an introduction to laboratory facilities and the basics of wire-bending skills, appliance design and appliance construction and mechanics.
Clinical patient care is also established early within the first term and continues throughout the three year programme. Half of a student’s time is spent treating patients under supervision (20 hours per week).
Candidates will undertake a yearly audit project and will present this at the annual departmental audit day.
The academic programme is 9 structured terms of theoretical seminars and tutorials, with diagnostic tests of clinical ability carried out regularly.
For Year 1 and Year 2 students, there will be a written exam at the end of each term.
In addition to the above, at the end of Year 2, students will also be examined as follows:
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.
Year 1 courses:
Year 2 courses:
Year 3 courses:
On completion of the DClinDent, the student will be able to demonstrate the following:
The programme is aimed at qualified dental practitioners who wish to further enhance their evidence-based knowledge and skills in their chosen discipline to attain a Professional Doctorate and also at individuals preparing for the appropriate Speciality Membership Examinations of one of the Royal College of Surgeons.
The latter facilitates access to the United Kingdom General Dental Council Specialist Register in the appropriate discipline, 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
Our distance learning MSc Evidence-Based Health Care course is relevant for healthcare professionals and health scientists from all fields of healthcare, and will enable you to interpret and communicate research evidence as applied to a variety of settings.
You will specifically focus on the design and conduct of systematic reviews and the development and application of evidence-based guidelines into practice.
This course will help clinicians to provide optimal patient care and provides a sound basis for health science researchers to progress to doctoral study. The content has been designed by international leaders in the field of evidence-based healthcare.
In addition, the course allows you to study flexibly in your own time and is integrated with our Master of Public Health and Master of Dental Public Health courses.
An optional two-day face-to-face residential course is offered to first year students at the start of their studies. Attendance is not mandatory, but the event provides a helpful introduction to the course, tutors and to fellow students. All the induction materials from this event are made available online.
This course aims to give students an understanding of the process of systematic reviews and guideline development and implementation.
For those taking the PGDip and MSc courses, you will also learn how to critically interpret systematic reviews and apply the findings in healthcare settings by developing and implementing evidence-based guidelines.
MSc students will also be trained in evidence synthesis process to enable you to conduct most aspects of a systematic review.
The dissertation will be either a systematic review, development of guidelines, an assessment of the use of guidelines in practice or the development of an intervention to support the translation of guidelines into practice. For students who receive a distinction for a dissertation that is a systematic review, there will be an option to support the publication of the review where appropriate.
All of the course content is delivered through Blackboard, our online learning platform, and includes articles, videos, discussion boards and reflective learning logs.
The assessment of each unit is by assignment. Each unit will usually have two assignments, a mid-term assessment and a final assessment.
While the word count for these varies between 1,000 and 4,000 words, typically assignments will be around 2,000 words each, with mid-term assignment making up 50% of the final unit grade and the final assignment making up the remaining 50%.
Additionally, some assessment may be made of your contribution to online discussion.
The dissertation should be between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.
The MSc is made up of eight units and a dissertation. Five of the units are compulsory for the MSc and PGDip:
The remaining three units can be chosen from an extensive list in consultation with the programme director.
This course is delivered through online distance learning. You will have normal access to online library facilities.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
Individual units are available for CPD. See the Evidence-Based Health Care CPD units page for more information.
This course will equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to identify and use evidence in practice. It will also provide a sound basis for health science researchers to progress to doctoral study.
The MSc in Social Research Methods is a degree offering advanced training in social research methods, designed to be flexible to accommodate students arriving with a range of previous methodological training. The core modules offer a strong grounding in the research process and quantitative and qualitative methods. The optional modules allow students to build on these and develop more advanced skills in particular methods of interest.
This degree is designed to cover the research methods used in collating evidence for the design, critique and evaluation of substantive issues in the social sciences. Students will gain hands-on experience in a range of methodologies used to study issues of interest in the real world. Students will be expected to apply their understanding of methodology to critique existing research, to design their own research, carry out their own analysis and communicate this clearly to academic specialists and non-specialists.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
Students spend the fiirst term studying a range of core methods, before specialising in more advanced techniques in the second term. Exemptions may be given from some introductory modules for students with a strong background in a particular methodology.
Students take three of the following advanced optional modules. Students who gain exemption from any core modules will take optional modules to make up the difference.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered via face-to-face daytime lectures, seminars and practical computer workshops. Assessment is through coursework assignments and a 10,000- to 12,000-word dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Social Research Methods MSc
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:
There are a range of employers seeking students with suitable skills in research including government departments, academic institutions, the media, financial analysis and marketing.
UCL Social Science is a research-intensive department with world-leading experts in quantitative, qualitative and systematic review methodology - as well as a broad range of social science substantive subjects. We have a lively community of staff, PhD, MSc and undergraduate students involved in seminars, workshops and reading groups in addition to formal teaching.
Our department specialises in applying research methods to inform policy on education, health, labour markets, human development and child/adult wellbeing.
The department’s staff have a broad range of interests, which includes expertise in economics, sociology, psychology, social statistics, survey methods and data collection, mixed-methods research, and the techniques of policy evaluation.