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Course content

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.


Visit the Conservative Dentistry (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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