This masters course, aimed to start in January 2022 in conjunction with the University of Salford, has been specifically designed to equip clinicians with the core skills and competency in the assessment, management, and treatment of patients who have the disease of the oral cavity, the teeth or their supporting structures, through a combination of clinical support and academic teaching. We provide all the required equipment for training sessions, and mentorship to help you treat a diverse range of cases within your comfort zone, and gain the practical skills and competency in patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment. The majority of training sessions will be within our purpose-built facilities, with occasional visits to the nearby University of Salford campus.
What will I learn?
The course aims are to enable students to develop:
- Core knowledge, skills, and clinical competencies to assess, manage and treat patients who have diseases of the oral cavity, the teeth and their supporting structures to a high standard, efficiently and safely
- To develop, evaluate and demonstrate the evidenced-based practice
- Knowledge and a critical awareness of the current issue in the field of dentistry
- A comprehensive understanding of the principles of research inquiry
This is a 3-year part-time MSc course, with the opportunity to step off with a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) after 2 years. Across the first two years, you will study 4 modules, as shown below.
During this period, you will also complete clinical training and supervised clinical mentoring. We may use pig and deer heads as well as model heads for students to practice before seeing patients.
You will be required to keep a log of cases that you complete in your own practice, complete clinical assessments and reflective reports as part of the clinical portfolio requirements. This will be reviewed by your mentor, who will also be available for guidance and advice during treatment planning, to give you formative feedback, as well as it being an assessed component of the course.
In your third year you will complete a dissertation (Module 5). This builds on your understanding of research inquiry developed through modules 1-4. You will use one or more methods of inquiry (qualitative, quantitative, or systematic reviews) to develop transferable skills and a critical evidence-based approach to research. You will work with a supervisory team to either:
– Conduct a systematic literature review OR
– Conduct a research project in Restorative Dentistry (ICE research focuses on human factors, however, you are able to research other topics as well)
In order to be eligible for our MSc/PGDip Programme you will have to meet the following requirements:
- Be a dental practitioner who holds a GDC registerable dental degree and membership of professional body (UK employees only) or equivalent in your home country for international applicants.
- Be able to provide evidence of full indemnity insurance.
- Have 1-2 years post-qualification experience in a hospital service or general dental practice and be able to provide evidence of this.
- Have both written and oral English to a proficient level.
Dental practitioners who fulfill the above criteria will be eligible for acceptance onto the programme.