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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.

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.


Visit the Dental Implantology (Dental Specialties) (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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