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MA/PgDip/PgCert Dental Education

Course Description

This innovative, flexible course combines study days with supported online learning, and has a unique focus on the development of dental educators and their teams.

Relevant to dental care professionals working in the NHS, HEI, professional bodies and private sector contexts, it gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of dental educational practices and broaden your expertise in areas of particular interest

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Why choose this course?

• Study with an inspirational, inter-disciplinary course team who are established medical and dental educators with experience spanning undergraduate and postgraduate dental, medical and healthcare education
• Explore the wide range of learning, teaching and assessment methods used across all levels of dental education and training
• Develop a supervised independent project that focuses on dental education research, innovation or improvement
• Gain the skills, attitudes and practices of an expert dental educator, acquire a deep awareness of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct, learn to critically appraise both your own and others’ practice, and address your emerging development needs through independent and collaborative activity
• Benefit from visiting experts who make regular contributions to study days, master classes and online activity.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/ma-in-dental-education

Course detail

This course supports your development as a dental educator, scholar and leader. It provides opportunities to develop your thinking and practice within a dynamic multi-disciplinary community of clinical educators.

The course team models learner-centred teaching, learning and assessment practices and provides plentiful opportunities for you to rehearse them yourself. Assessments foster strong links between your learning and practice.

Your final assignment is a supervised Dental Education Research Project in an area of professional interest, which provides a clear sense of your educational role responsibilities and the confidence to offer guidance to peers who wish to develop their own educational practices. You thus evidence emerging educational leadership capabilities along with developed skills in project design, management and evaluation.

Year 1

Students complete either the Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Education (PGCertDedEd) or Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Education (PGDipDedEd).

PGCertDedEd consists of:
• Core unit: Dental Education in Practice

Then students choose one unit from:
• Workplace-based learning
• Educational Perspectives for the Workplace

Year 2

Students complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Education (PGDipDedEd)

PGCertDedEd consists of:
• Core unit: Developing the Dental Team

Then students choose one unit from:
• Workplace-Based Learning
• Educational Perspectives for the Workplace
• Simulation in Practice

Year 3

• All students complete the Dental Education Research Project unit (over 2 semesters)


You will be assessed using formative and summative elements, i.e. assessment for learning and assessment of learning. It is designed to foster strong links between learning on the course and the lived realities of dental and healthcare educators working in higher and professional education contexts.

You will be assessed variously by Reflective Report, Teaching Observation Report, Literature Review, Individual Report (following collaborative WIKI work, for example), Reflective Portfolio and dissertation.

At least one assignment per unit provides formative feedback opportunities before the final submission.


The course develops the skills and practices of those who wish to enhance their capacity to fulfil educational role(s) in dental and other healthcare education contexts. By participating on this course you will be ideally placed to respond to current and future developments in educational policies and practices.

The Postgraduate Certificate courses that lead into the MA in Dental Education are accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators; they provide a sound basis for evidencing your competence as both a clinical and educational supervisor.

The Postgraduate Diploma stage allows you to deepen your understandings and extend your skill set as a dental educator within a dynamic dental team. The dissertation stage develops your scholarship and ability to independently design, implement and evaluate a dental education research project. The research project stage position you to adopt a critical stance to existing practice and lead improvements and innovation.

It is anticipated that graduates of the course will be well prepared to assume named educational roles and responsibilities, including educational leadership responsibilities, albeit commensurate with experience.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MA/PgDip/PgCert Dental Education page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. English language requirements: View Website

Last Updated

07 March 2017

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