Each course will run over a period of six or twelve weeks (depending on the credits) with participation in online discussions and completion of timed tasks being a compulsory part of the process.
The programme is supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE) and all the educational material is available online. Coursework for assessment is uploaded to the site and there is an active student discussion board available alongside tutor-led discussions. All of the modules provide continuous assessment.
Maintenance of a portfolio of evidence is an essential component of assessment. Students are strongly encouraged to include a reflective element and to maintain a personal journal.
There is a significant commitment of time required to complete this programme and applicants should be aware that they will be required to take part in weekly tutorials and discussions. It is estimated that between 15-20 hours of clinical time and personal study will be required each week.
You may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level.
Year 1 (certificate) and Year 2 (diploma) courses include:
Introduction to Clinical Evidence
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Dental Clinic Management
Occlusal Management of the Restored Natural Dentition
Endodontics in Primary Dental Care
Periodontal Management in Primary Dental Care
Restoration of the Edentulous Space
In Year 3 (masters), you will complete a research dissertation and carry out clinical case reports.
An annual summer school will be run in the Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute to reinforce the clinical-skills coaching element of the teaching.
This masters degree does not allow entry to any specialist lists, but it will aid promotion in a primary dental care career pathway, particularly within a salaried service.
General Dental Practitioners who wish to be involved with teaching or research will also find this an important qualification.
The Royal College of Surgeons of England (FGDP UK) have accredited the degree towards their Fellowship career pathway.