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MSc Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice)

Course Description

This course will be held at the Medway Campus

- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/

Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) MSc is a flexible, transdisciplinary, postgraduate programme designed for dental professionals who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role.

Exploring a specific area of your profession you will consider the professional challenges associated with your practice and develop academic skills. You will gain the opportunities to analyse the current debates relating to key issues relevant to the professional dental context in which you are working and develop academic and professional skills necessary to meet the evolving needs of patient care of contemporary practice.

Studying within the Centre for Professional Practice, you will benefit from a transdisciplinary learning environment; access to University resources and specialist academic and clinical staff.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/215/advanced-and-specialist-healthcare-applied-dental-professional-practice

The Centre for Professional Practice (CPP)

The Centre for Professional Practice is a trans-disciplinary academic department focused on flexible work-related learning within higher education. The Centre is founded on the belief that employers can benefit from the University of Kent’s academic and research excellence, quality teaching, design and development activities to create positive change and to forge new knowledge within their organisation.

We work with a wide range of external partners and employers to create distinct and original work-based and work-related developmental and educational solutions, which respond to the unique workforce challenges experienced by employees and organisations across the region and beyond.

The Centre’s programmes are designed to enhance career progression and foster intellectual and professional development and practice.

Course structure

This flexible programme has been designed to encourage you to think more deeply about the challenges associated with your professional practice while enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career aspirations.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year.

You take the following core modules:

- Evidence-Based Practice (15 credits)
- Inter-Professional Working (15 credits)
- Research Methods (15 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

You then take modules specific to the Applied Dental Professional Practice pathway including:

- Professional Standard Setting (30 credits)
- Dentistry in a Contemporary Context (15 credits)

In Stage 2 you are given the opportunity to choose an optional module from the Centre for Professional Practice module catalogue including:

- Developing Practice through Mentorship and Coaching (30 credits)
- Advancing Dental Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Power Dynamics within Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Learning and Development (30 credits)
- Addressing Barriers to Learning (15 credits)
- A Thinking School: Transforming Learning (30 credits)
- Quantitative Research Methods Applied to Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Qualitative Research Methods Applied to Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Special Area of Study (30 credits)

Or you can select optional modules from the wider University catalogue with the possibility of studying on the main Canterbury campus.

Taught sessions are delivered in a welcoming, supportive and flexible academic environment, by an academic team with extensive professional practitioner experience. They are experienced in delivering work-related programmes and understand the constraints of balancing a career with the demands of higher education.


You will be asked to undertake preparatory reading and tasks, carry out work-based investigations and participant-led presentations. All assessment tasks are designed to allow you to develop expertise in the application of dental professional practice within the context of your work and subject interest.

Assessment is through:

- oral presentations
- written assignments
- portfolio assessments
- action learning sets

In addition, in Stage 3 you complete a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Research areas

Kent’s excellent performance in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed our position as one of the UK’s leading universities: our 19 academic schools were found to be engaged in research of international and world-class standing. With programmes of study that are informed by research, our students are able to develop skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary issues.

Current research areas include:

- experiential learning
- reflective practice
- communities of practice
- dental education
- professionalisation
- primary dental care.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- foster the intellectual and professional development of experienced healthcare practitioners to expand the analytical and critical reasoning powers that underpin practice (eg in organisational leadership and change, health and welfare systems, organisations and services and advanced technical procedures and practices)

- enhance the skills of experienced practitioners in multidisciplinary decision making as well as team leadership, and deepen your understanding of the dynamics of multidisciplinary working

- provide supervision for advanced practitioner-centred research that builds a culture of evaluation and enquiry into the practice environment

- equip experienced practitioners for their role in challenging, questioning and realigning strategies for specialist practice

- develop confident senior practitioners who are able to participate in the development of practice, work effectively with organisational interests, evidence-based processes, and within complex multidisciplinary teams

- enable you to critically evaluate your own area of practice, informed by evidence-based research and grounded in self-reflection

- provide a culture of lifelong learning that values and respects practice as the context for building and testing theory, to enhance services for patients, clients and consumers

- enable experienced practitioners from a diverse range of educational backgrounds to access and participate in a multidisciplinary working environment

- support a programme of personal development that underpins practice development and personal planning.


A postgraduate degree in Applied Dental Professional Practice is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Students are successfully using this programme to develop clinical, educational and policy making career pathways in the dental sector at local, regional and national levels.

Building on Kent's success as the region's leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers will value.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the MSc Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) page on the University of Kent website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or upper-second class degree and/or an equivalent professional qualification plus a minimum of two years’ practitioner experience as a registered dental professional with current registration to the General Dental Council. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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