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Master of Dentistry (MDent)

Course Description

The Master of Dentistry (MDent) is a one year full-time, or two year part-time taught Master's programme which enhances dental practitioners' clinical skills and research base, but does not lead to specialist registration. It is offered in two fields: as an endorsement in Aesthetic Dentistry or an endorsement in Rural Oral Health Care.

Programme Requirements

Aesthetic Dentistry
AEST 801 Principles of Aesthetic Dentistry (60 Points)
AEST 802 Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry (60 Points)
AEST 880 Research Dissertation (60 Points)

Rural Oral Health Care
ROHC 801 Principles of Medicine and Surgery for Rural Oral Health Care (60 Points)
ROHC 802 Advanced Principles in General Dental Practice (60 Points)
ROHC 880 Research Dissertation (60 Points)

Structure of the Programme

The programme shall consist of papers and a research dissertation to a total value of 180 points as specified for one of the following endorsements:
-Aesthetic Dentistry: AEST 801, AEST 802, AEST 880.
-Rural Oral Health Care: ROHC 801, ROHC 802, ROHC 880

All requirements for an endorsement must be passed for the degree to be awarded. Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, papers which have been completed at the University of Otago, another university, or an approved examining body may be credited to the programme and/or used as the basis for exemption from the requirements of the clinical papers mentioned in (b) above, provided that this previous study is directly relevant to the candidate's proposed and approved programme of study, to a maximum of 60 points. There will be no exemption from the research paper.

Other admission requirements

Applicants must have achieved a minimum grade point average of B+ over the 400- and 500-level papers of the qualifying degree and will normally be expected to have had relevant clinical experience of at least three years’ duration and/or have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry before admission to the programme. Admission to each endorsement is limited to a maximum of six candidates annually.

Visit the Master of Dentistry (MDent) page on the University of Otago website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Dean of Faculty of Dentistry, on the advice of the Admissions Sub-Committee of the Postgraduate Studies Committee of the Faculty of Dentistry, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to complete the programme. Every applicant shall hold the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery of the University of Otago or another equivalent dental qualification approved by the Admissions Sub-Committee and be a registered dental practitioner in his or her country of practice or residence. See course description for further admission details.

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