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MA/PgCert/PgDip Dental Law and Ethics

Course Description

Course Summary

This flexible course is the first of its kind in the UK and will offer you a seamless progression from our highly-regarded PgCert Dental Law and Ethics, and combines intensive study days with supported online learning.

You will broaden your expertise in areas of particular interest, and increase your overall knowledge of the concepts and theories that impact on this important subject.

Intermediate qualifications available:

Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Dental Law and Ethics MA at Bedfordshire and:

- Study one core unit that is designed to deepen your understanding of law and ethics, and choose from optional units which allow you to focus on patient safety, human factors and organisational development concepts
- Explore the subject with an experienced, interdisciplinary team made up of university and visiting staff, and is likely to include dentists, health and social care professionals and legally trained professionals
- Develop insights into the legal and ethical impact on everyday decision making in a practice setting
- Gain an understanding of ways to address patient safety issues and how you can develop and manage your dental team
- Benefit from a supervised project that provides an opportunity to engage in independent research and development.

Why choose this course?

This innovative, flexible and dynamic postgraduate course has been designed specifically for dental care professionals, working in a range of dental care contexts. It is designed based on the success of our PgCert Dental Law and Ethics, the only course of its kind in the UK. The course provides unique opportunities to critically examine dental care and practice from relevant ethical, legal and professional standpoints. It has a strongly applied focus together with solid theory and concepts, allowing you to explore how legal and ethical knowledge can be put to use in the dental context.

This part-time course combines study days, with supported, on-line learning and self-directed study. At the PgCert stage, the focus is on the application of law and ethics in dental practice and patient care. At the PgDip stage, the emphasis will be on the foundation of law and ethics and their relationship, covering different legal and ethical concepts and theories in equal measure. You will also look at different ways in which you can lead and develop the dental team and develop and manage your organisation. In the final stage of the course, you have the opportunity to undertake a year- long supervised research project in an area of interest in relation to legal and ethical issues impacting upon dental practice.

You will have an opportunity to tailor assessment tasks in ways that allow you to deal with real issues you encountered in your professional lives. Tutor support for assessment activities is provided.

Career Management Skills

Designed to develop the skills and practices of dental care professionals with an interest in legal and ethical dental practice. The course promotes a strong action orientation and is likely to be of relevance to those who wish to enhance their legal role in dental practice and other settings (e.g. practice managers, clinical leads), indemnity organisations, primary care organisations or to legal firms and dental defence organisations.)

Career/Further study opportunities

It is anticipated that students will continue to work within their place of current employment. Some students may move on to dento-legal advisory roles or positions with dental defence organisation.

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

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements for UK students View Website from the European Union - View Website is a postgraduate course open dental care professionals who have a first degree in dentistry, dental nursing and allied dental professions (or equivalent qualification or experience established by application, references and interview).

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