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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    24 April 2018

Course content

Special Care Dentistry provides a theoretical foundation and develops appropriate clinical skills for the care of patients needing special care with particular emphasis on the use of behaviour management techniques, analgesia, sedation and general anaesthesia. Also covers training in research methods and their practical application.

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned academics.
  • Excellent reputation for treating adults who are dentally anxious with both pharmacological methods and using psychological treatments.
  • Students will receive training and teaching in a range of settings including hospital and community clinics.
  • Hands-on experience in providing dental care for special care patients.
  • The course encompasses all dental disciplines providing a holistic approach to patient care.
  • Close academic contact throughout the programme due to small teaching numbers.
  • There are opportunities to visit external specialist clinics offering experience in other clinical areas.

Description

Provides a theoretical foundation and develops appropriate clinical skills for the care of patients needing special care with particular emphasis on the use of behaviour management techniques, analgesia, sedation and general anaesthesia. It also covers training in research methods and their practical application. You will also undertake a research project. Research focus is on the management of individuals requiring special care and the impact of providing this service for the community.

Course purpose

For clinicians working in general practice, community, hospital and/or university departments who wish to become specialists and leaders in this area of dental care. To increase knowledge about dental care for individuals with special needs and the impact of providing this service for the community.

Course format and assessment

Modular programme consisting of 180 credits, as follows: 

  1. Two taught modules, covering the scientific and clinical basis of sedation and special care dentistry, assessed by written examination;
  2. A clinical module, involving supervised clinical practice and examined by a mixture of case studies on treated and unseen patients;
  3. A research module, involving the submission of a research project including a literature review, with an oral defence of the research.

Extra information

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King's. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment. 

If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.

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