Masters degrees in Clinical Dentistry explore the observation, diagnosis and treatment of diseases or damage to teeth and gums. They may also include an analysis of medical issues relating to the jaw and lower facial area. Specialisations include Periodontics, Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Orthodontics.
Paediatric Dentistry and Conservative Dentistry are examples of related subjects. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate Dentistry subject.
Clinical Dentistry is a highly vocational subject, where you’ll work directly with patients and learn first-hand about their needs through surgeries and dental practices.
You could explore medical issues ranging from tooth decay and hypodontia (missing / underdeveloped teeth) to cleft lips and palates. As mentioned above, there are several specialist areas such as Orthodontics, which involve treatments like dentures, implants and braces.
As well as vocational training, these courses also prepare you for the current state of the industry, investigating policy surrounding current practices and examining issues such as social care and government funding.
Clinical Dentists may work in a range of settings, from private and public healthcare centres, to hospitals and even prisons. You might also be interested in branching into charity work, focussing on humanitarian aid.
Our MSc Paediatric Dentistry course will equip you with the advanced academic knowledge and clinical skills required to practice as a specialist in paediatric dentistry.
This is a full-time, three-year master's degree that combines the taught and research elements of the MSc with a mandatory clinical training unit.
You will build up your knowledge of literature in this field, learning from consultants and specialists in paediatric dentistry. Taught elements are delivered in lectures, seminars, practical skills sessions and online learning.
You will develop your clinical skills at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester, with general anaesthesia lists running at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and Trafford General Hospital.
Clinical teaching involves close supervision of a personal cohort of patients with a broad range of paediatric dental needs, including those with dental anomalies, trauma and caries, under supervision by hospital specialists and consultants. Clinical training involves attendance at consultant new patient clinics.
Completing this course will prepare you to practice as a specialist paediatric dentist or pursue a clinical academic or research career in this field. You will be eligible to sit the Membership in Paediatric Dentistry tri-collegiate specialty membership examination upon completion of the course.
This course aims to:
We employ a diverse range of teaching methods, including clinical teaching both in the labs and on clinic, didactic lectures, and seminars to help you understand key course concepts.
Additional self-directed learning enables you to reflect upon your clinical work, skills and key concepts introduced within seminars.
Seminars are supervised by consultants and specialists in paediatric dentistry and will enable you to develop communication and presentation skills, as well as appreciate the relevance of scientific study to clinical practice.
In addition, the course is designed to provide 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 master's students 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.
Formal assessment for the Research Methods, Biostatistics, and Guideline Development and Implementation units will be undertaken via marked written assignments.
The CPD unit will be assessed via a combination of written and practical examinations.
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 write-up and presentation, assessment is through marking of both the written component oral presentation of cases and clinical governance projects.
This course will have the majority of its clinical activity in the Paediatric Dental department in the University Dental Hospital of Manchester, with general anaesthesia lists running in the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and Trafford General Hospital. Clinical teaching will be delivered by consultants and specialists in paediatric dentistry.
The dissertation is marked in line with all of our dentistry MSc dissertations.
You will have access to a range of library and IT facilities across the University.
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.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
We will strongly encourage you to attend conferences and courses that will provide CPD. Attendance at journal club and selected seminars will also provide you with some CPD hours.
Paediatric dentistry is a stimulating and rewarding speciality, and offers a number of career opportunities. Paediatric dentists may work in private practice, the community dental setting and in dental hospitals.
In addition to this clinical role, many paediatric dentists participate in teaching and research. These interests can be combined with part-time clinical work or undertaken on a full-time basis.
In the UK, consultants in paediatric dentistry may work in a community or hospital setting and concentrate on the management of complex, multidisciplinary cases. They also play an important role in the management of the unit in which they work.
This course teaches the academic and clinical skills you need to practise paediatric dentistry. You’ll develop an evidence-based and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clinical sessions, tutorials, demonstrations. You’ll be allocated a number of patients for practical clinical experience. Parts of the course are taught with other disciplines. This creates a rich and lively environment for your learning.
Continuous assessment, final examination with clinical and academic components, dissertation based on a research project, presentation of selected patients.
The postgraduate diploma in Operative Dentistry is designed to enhance the operative skills of newly-qualified dentists, as well as experienced practitioners wishing to upskill, whilst they continue to work in general dental practice. Course participants will develop the technical, diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary to practice modern clinical operative dentistry effectively and efficiently.
Topics covered include restorative treatment planning, anterior and posterior composite restorations, a variety of different crown preparation techniques, resin bonded bridges, occlusion, management of tooth surface loss, clinical photography, dento-legal issues, endodontics and restoration of the non-vital tooth, implant maintenance, bleaching, removable prosthodontics provision and a variety of other operative dentistry related topics.
This two year part-time postgraduate diploma in Operative Dentistry combines seminars, hands-on training and direct clinical contact with patients, alongside self-guided learning. Course participants will study the applied science of operative dentistry and acquire clinical and practical skills in operative dentistry. This training will be delivered at King’s College Dental Hospital, Denmark Hill (attending between 22 and 26 days per year).
It is specifically designed for dentists already working in dental practice using patients from both their practice and the hospital to develop a reflective log of treatment which will form a major part of their course assessment.
Designed by the Department of Restorative Dentistry, the Operative Dentistry programme will be led by Aws Alani (course director), and alongside well-known visiting teachers, the following practitioners or specialists will also contribute to the programme: Sonia Alam, Irene Kaimakamis, Martin Kelleher, Mahul Patel, Mark Packer, Ravi Chauhan, Lakshmi Rasaratnum, Arwa Khaburi, Tony Perkins, Rowland Gardener and Lloyd Searson.
The course offers a breadth of expertise, covering topics such as restorative treatment planning, anterior and posterior composite restorations, a variety of different crown preparation techniques, resin-bonded bridges, occlusion, management of tooth surface loss, clinical photography, dento-legal issues, endodontics and restoration of the nonvital tooth, implant maintenance, bleaching, removable prosthodontics provision and a variety of other operative dentistry-related topics. We aim to give you a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of operative dentistry, whether you are a newly-qualified dentist or an experienced practitioner. You will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and to apply evidence-based practice to operative dentistry. The clinical sessions will enable you to transfer your knowledge, understanding, intellectual and practical skills to improve and enhance your practice.
The programme aims to provide newly qualified dentists and experienced practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of operative dentistry. They will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and apply evidence-based practice to operative dentistry. The clinical sessions will enable participants to translate their knowledge, understanding, intellectual and practical skills to improve and enhance their operative dentistry.
We will provide you with world-class teaching from leading experts in the field, combining practical and academic work.
Course material will be available through our online learning environment, King’s E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS), where you will find information, interactive questions, assignments, bibliographic databases and reading material.
For your Clinical and Practical Skills of Operative Dentistry modules, half of your assessment will be through written case reports and half through unseen clinical cases. For your Applied Science of Operative Dentistry modules half of your assessment will be through unseen exams and the other half through unseen clinical cases.
The 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.
Our course will suit practitioners with little or no implant dentistry experience. You will develop the skills to plan, treat and maintain implant cases. We provide the patients you treat on the course. The course satisfies the requirements of UK Training Standards in Implant Dentistry.
You will develop your intellectual skills through:
-Case study analysis
You will develop your practical clinical skills through:
-One-to-one clinical coaching
-Supervised clinical work carried out on patients
You will also gain experience in:
-Minimal trauma extractions
-Guided bone regeneration
-Designing long-term maintenance plans
-How to establish implant dentistry into the practice setting
The course satisfies the requirements of the Training Standards in Implant Dentistry. This is endorsed by the General Dental Council (UK) at the level of 'straightforward placement of implants'. It also provides good preparation for dentists planning to sit the Diploma in Implant Dentistry, offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The course is part time over 18 months (approximately one full day per fortnight contact time) commencing in either January or July. We deliver the course through a combination of:
-Skills training workshops using plastic, animal and human cadaver materials
-One-to-one teaching whilst treating patients
We select patients for planning, surgery and restoration of dental implants. As far as possible, you will see the same patients through their whole course of treatment.
We encourage that a dental nurse from your team accompanies you at skills training workshops and on teaching clinics. Nurses receive broad instruction in surgical and restorative implant procedures. They will also become familiar with implant product handling.
We run the course in partnership with Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The vast majority of the course takes place at the School of Dental Sciences and Dental Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.
We provide professional development in an area not taught in detail at undergraduate level. We have had students start this course with no previous experience of implant dentistry. They have then progressed to carry out implant surgery and restoration in their own dental practices.
The course director is Mr Francis Nohl, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer and Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. Francis has over 20 years of experience of the surgical and prosthodontic aspects of implant dentistry.
The course is also supported by a motivated team of:
The School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle is one of the most modern and best equipped in the country. We have a spacious, purpose-built facility in the same building as the Dental Hospital. We're also next to the Medical School and Royal Victoria Infirmary teaching hospital. This makes us one of the largest integrated teaching and hospital complexes in the country.
Our facilities include:
Find out about our dental laboratory facilities and Dental Clinical Research Facility on the Centre for Oral Health Research website.
During the course we arrange visits to dental practices carrying out implant dentistry. This allows you to learn about how to establish implant dentistry into the practice setting.
Our Paediatric Dentistry MSc offers you teaching in all aspects of paediatric dentistry, including a hands-on laboratory module in operative dentistry for children. Our course includes diagnosis, treatment planning and delivery of care requiring non-pharmacological behaviour management strategies and for those requiring oral rehabilitation under sedation or general anaesthesia.
The programme aims to produce paediatric dentists who are thinkers. Proficient and confident in all areas of clinical Paediatric Dentistry, and capable of literature critique and in the conduct of scientific research. Our students will be able to use their skills and knowledge to set up paediatric dentistry services in both community and hospital settings.
On completion of the programme the postgraduate should be able to demonstrate the following:
This is a modern course that aims to facilitate reflective learning, clinical judgements, critical analysis, evidence based practice and excellent, empathetic clinical care. The didactic course is predominantly seminar based. A tutor will facilitate the seminars but these will be student led. This means that the students will be expected to present the topic and to critically appraise the literature in the subject area, and present this both in writing and verbally. This approach supports the development of inquisitive thinking, deep learning and helps develop judgement.
There will be a programme of lectures in selected topics.
Year 1 students will benefit from a programme of ‘core’ lectures and seminars where they will join postgraduate students from other disciplines.
Year 2 students will have a lecture programme focused on the management of medically compromised children and the clinical aspects of dental anomalies.
Students will have an average of six clinical sessions each week throughout the two year programme. Three or four of these will be for personal patient treatment. The other sessions will include trauma clinics/A&E/multidisciplinary clinics, operative treatment under sedation and general anaesthesia,and weekly consultant clinics.
Students are expected to undertake a research project. This can be laboratory or clinically based. The Dissertation accounts for 33.3% of the course, it is hoped that the projects will be presented at national and international conferences and be suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Our course is one of the best established in the UK. You will work hard, and we hope you will have fun here as well and have a memorable life experience.
Our aim is to develop you to the forefront of Paediatric Dentistry, as clinicians, teachers and future leaders. The clinical activity is predominantly based at St Thomas’ Hospital, Waterloo, with seminars and clinics at Guy’s Hospital, London Bridge and at King’s College Hospital, located in Denmark Hill.
Modular programme consisting of 180 credits.
As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King's. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment.
If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.
Designed to aid in developing evidence based practice and develop advanced clinical skills to enable you to become a mono-specialist in Endodontology or fixed and removable Prosthodontics.
The MClinDent (Endodontology) course is a full-time three-year specialist training programme. It has been designed to enhance student life-long learning skills, aid in developing evidence-based practice, develop advanced clinical skills to enable you to become a mono-specialist in Endodontology, and facilitate further career development.
You will study 10 taught modules as well as a dissertation module based on your own research project.
By fully engaging in this course, you should be able to:
A diverse range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the MClinDent. You will attend lectures, and participate in seminars, tutorials, and a clinical attachment. All taught modules are compulsory, and you will also undertake a laboratory-based or clinical research project and independent study to enable you to complete your dissertation. You will be given a list of laboratory, clinical and/or library-based project titles which will form the basis of the final dissertation. Project topics are generally related to the scientific/clinical areas of interest of members of staff, and you will have individual supervision.
On successful completion of the course, you should have the opportunity to pursue a career as a specialist in Endodontics.
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.
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).
There are no optional modules for this programme.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
This flexible, three-year Master's programme blends online, distance learning with hands-on simulated clinical training and aims to support students' ongoing clinical work at the same time as developing their abilities.
Year one provides students with the basic knowledge required in paediatric dentistry and teaches some of the clinical techniques needed in a laboratory setting. Year two encourages more advanced and complex treatment planning and looks at other aspects of good patient care such as clinical governance. Year three consolidates the learning to date and provides the theoretical experience required for graduates to understand, critically appraise and potentially carry out research.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits), and a research project/dissertation (60 credits).
The PG Diploma consists of seven core modules (120 credits); two years part-time.
The PG Certificate consists of four core modules (60 credits); one year part-time.
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All 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 seminars, online learning and hands-on sessions in our skills laboratory. Assessment will be through written and practical tests, logbook of patients treated in practice, case presentations, essay, and vivas throughout the programme. Contact days are as follows: Year 1 – one week in November, one week in March and an exam day in June; Year 2 – one week in November and an exam day in June; Year 3 – one week in December or January and an exam day in June.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Paediatric Dentistry MSc
Note on mode of study: Selecting the part-time mode allows you access to study loans, but students must complete their studies in consecutive years and may not take any time away from study without authorised Extenuating Circumstances. Those selecting the flexible mode of study cannot access loans. They are able to take a break from the end of a year of study but must complete the programme within five years.
It is not possible to transfer between modes of study so students need to select the option that suits their personal circumstances. Students will be taught together irrespective of their mode of study.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The first cohort of students on the Paediatric Dentistry MSc graduated in 2017, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.
However, destinations of recent graduates of the institute’s Paediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Certificate (which this new programme supersedes) include: specialist registrar; senior dental officer, community dentistry; and clinical lead for dental salaried services.
As well as enhancing your clinical skills, this programme also supports the development of transferable skills such as the use of electronic resources, giving presentations and academic writing.
This is the only blended learning MSc programme to provide further training in paediatric dentistry, designed to support working dentists. The programme allows students to learn from expert teaching staff including: the BSPD editor for the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry; a committee member for Paediatric Dental Care Pathways and Level II Practitioners in Paediatric Dentistry; MPaedDent examiners; BSPD representative for Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD); a member of The Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD).
The programme offers excellent skills laboratory facilities including practical experience of inhalation sedation. The unit’s staff have expertise in caring for young patients with behavioural problems, dental trauma, craniofacial anomalies and severe medical conditions. Students will be offered help in the management of their own patients.
The Master of Science in Paediatric Dentistry is for dental graduates wanting to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry in a primary or secondary care setting or in academia.
Paediatric dentistry encompasses many aspects of general dentistry and specialist skills in the care of infants, children and adolescents. The broad nature of the work requires a combination of medical, dental and communications skills.
As part of the clinical training, you will be treating patients in consultant, trauma and sedation clinics. You’ll treat a wide range of medically compromised children, which may require you to liaise with paediatric specialists and anaesthetists prior to treatment under general anaesthesia.
The Leeds School of Dentistry has an international reputation in the specialist areas of postgraduate study. Its Paediatric Dentistry postgraduate programmes attract high-quality home and overseas applicants, including large numbers of non-publicly funded overseas students.
The part-time programme is open only to UK/EU applicants. International students should apply to the full-time programme.
The School has some of the most up to date clinical and teaching facilities in the country and an excellent health sciences library. The dental hospital provides outstanding facilities for education and patient care.
The European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) aims to maintain and improve the quality of advanced education of Paediatric Dentistry in Europe. It has developed standards for educational instituitions to evaluate against. EAPD endorsement of this programme testifies to the standard of training we provide.
You’ll study modules totalling 240 credits. Modules cover paediatric-specific, general and research topics, reflecting the range of skills and knowledge the specialty demands.
If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.
Year one compulsory modules
Year two compulsory modules
The programme is delivered as a series of modules containing a mix of clinics, lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals, complemented by e-learning and problem-based learning.
Learning on the programme enables you to:
Modules are assessed on completion, with three-hour written examinations. There are six questions for each module exam assessment, which are all compulsory. Question 1 is allocated 25% and questions 2-6 are allocated 15% each.
Our graduates go on to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry in a primary or secondary care setting or in academia.
Some graduates choose the path of academic research and subsequently undertake a PhD.
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.
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:
Modules total 120 credits each year of which 40-60 credits will be clinical practice.
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.
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 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.
Developing and Expanding Skills (50 credits)
Applied knowledge gained in case-based learning modules is translated into the clinical setting.
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).
Dealing with Complexity and Challenge (50 credits)
This module develops more complex skills in challenging situations in a supported environment.
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.
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.
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.