The Master of Science in Paediatric Dentistry is for dental graduates wanting to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry in a primary or secondary care setting or in academia.
Paediatric dentistry encompasses many aspects of general dentistry and specialist skills in the care of infants, children and adolescents. The broad nature of the work requires a combination of medical, dental and communications skills.
As part of the clinical training, you will be treating patients in consultant, trauma and sedation clinics. You’ll treat a wide range of medically compromised children, which may require you to liaise with paediatric specialists and anaesthetists prior to treatment under general anaesthesia.
The Leeds School of Dentistry has an international reputation in the specialist areas of postgraduate study. Its Paediatric Dentistry postgraduate programmes attract high-quality home and overseas applicants, including large numbers of non-publicly funded overseas students.
The part-time programme is open only to UK/EU applicants. International students should apply to the full-time programme.
The School has some of the most up to date clinical and teaching facilities in the country and an excellent health sciences library. The dental hospital provides outstanding facilities for education and patient care.
The European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) aims to maintain and improve the quality of advanced education of Paediatric Dentistry in Europe. It has developed standards for educational instituitions to evaluate against. EAPD endorsement of this programme testifies to the standard of training we provide.
You’ll study modules totalling 240 credits. Modules cover paediatric-specific, general and research topics, reflecting the range of skills and knowledge the specialty demands.
If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.
Year one compulsory modules
Year two compulsory modules
The programme is delivered as a series of modules containing a mix of clinics, lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals, complemented by e-learning and problem-based learning.
Learning on the programme enables you to:
Modules are assessed on completion, with three-hour written examinations. There are six questions for each module exam assessment, which are all compulsory. Question 1 is allocated 25% and questions 2-6 are allocated 15% each.
Our graduates go on to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry in a primary or secondary care setting or in academia.
Some graduates choose the path of academic research and subsequently undertake a PhD.
This full-time course is open to international applicants only.
This unique course will advance your skills and clinical development in general dental practice providing core skills in oral health, patient challenges and dealing with complex dental cases. The course has a heavily clinically-based nature and is the only course in the UK that provides an integrated postgraduate clinical education.
The course has been designed in close collaboration with General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) to provide flexible, tailored support and will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills to provide more complex care for patients.
Aimed at experienced dental surgeons seeking personal, professional and clinical progression the course will develop your problem solving skills within a patient-focused clinical setting.
Using specially designed Case-Based Learning, you'll be able to relate your learning to a simulated clinical case, thereby embedding your newfound knowledge in a meaningful and useful way.
The programme includes:
Modules total 120 credits each year of which 40-60 credits will be clinical practice.
This suite of modules aims to update your knowledge in new innovations and emerging evidence to provide a firm foundation on which to build your new skills.
Pillars of Oral Health (20 credits)
Takes the knowledge and application of the scientific evidence behind prevention and management of the key dental diseases to a more advanced level.
Patient Challenges (20 credits)
Expands applied knowledge of more complex and challenging patient interactions.
Managing Dental Aesthetics and the Worn Dentition (20 credits)
Will consider dental appearance and indications for restoration of tooth surface loss.
Refreshing and Refining Skills (60 credits)
The rehearsal of clinical skills will be validated before progression to management of real cases in the clinics of the Dental Institute.
Year two develops higher level skills in more complex and challenging situations.
Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery (20 credits)
Equips you to diagnose and manage more complex oral medical and surgical issues.
Endodontics and Traumatology (20 credits)
To develop and apply a higher level of knowledge in this discipline.
Advanced Periodontology and Restorative Dentistry (20 credits)
Consideration will be given to complex issues in periodontology and restorative dentistry.
Research Methodology and Statistics (10 credits)
Prepare for the final year independent research project with this research skills module.
Developing and Expanding Skills (50 credits)
Applied knowledge gained in case-based learning modules is translated into the clinical setting.
Year three culminates in an original independent research dissertation giving you the opportunity to explore your area of interest in-depth. There is also a Clinical Audit Project where you will be able to choose an area of practice in which you wish to undertake an audit project.
Research dissertation (40 credits)
You will undertake an individual project and so deepen their understanding of the philosophy of research, ethics and ethical approval, good practice and research methodology. You will gain experience of working within research groups with clinical and non-clinical colleagues.
Clinical Audit Project (10 credits)
Discuss how you can improve clinical practice to make a positive difference to your patients. The project includes how to plan an audit, collect different types of data and how to compile, analyse and interpret data and implement change.
Multidisciplinary Management of the Complex Case (20 credits)
This module addresses multi-disciplinary issues such as diagnosis and management of atypical facial pain and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Dealing with Complexity and Challenge (50 credits)
This module develops more complex skills in challenging situations in a supported environment.
Teaching will take place in small groups as a series of modules covering case based learning platforms and enhanced clinical education at the Leeds Dental Institute.
You will be taught by staff with a wealth of General Dental Practice experience. Learning will be tailored to General Dental Practitioners.
You will have access to our world-leading virtual learning platform including the use of the largest clinical rehearsal suite in Europe.
You will be assessed on your ability to apply your knowledge of advanced dental practice alongside competency of performing clinical procedures.
Assessment of professional standards is a key feature and includes the submission of a “living” portfolio covering a professional development plan, 360 degree feedback, results of patient surveys and personal reflection.
This unique programme includes extensive clinical experience and assessment of skills and will support your clinical development to an Advanced level. These higher level skills will be invaluable to future employers in your home country and will allow you to upskill in core competences in dentistry.