The MSc Dental Implantology course is aimed to equip dental clinicians with core clinical skills and competency in both the restorative and surgical aspects of implant dentistry. This is delivered through a combination of clinical support and academic teaching in accordance with the GDP/FGDP Training Standards in Implant Dentistry.

This masters course is accredited through the University of Salford and has been specifically designed to take the stress away of finding patients and provide a mentor to help you complete your first few cases with confidence. We provide all the required equipment, patients, and mentorship to help you treat a diverse range of implant cases (min. 4 patients) within your comfort zone, and gain the practical skills and competency in patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment. All this will be done under to supervision of a clinical mentor within our purpose-built facilities.

Professor Simon Wright supervising students

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. Each module contains about 7 days of academic teaching, and each builds on what you have already learned.

Module 1: Patient Assessment & Treatment Planning

Module 2: Implant Surgery

Module 3: Restorative Treatment & Maintenance

Module 4: Dental Implant Procedures & Complex cases

Module 5: Dissertation

During this period you will also complete clinical training and supervised clinical mentoring. We use pig and deer heads (optional) as well as model heads for students to practice before seeing patients. All patients are provided for you by ICE Hospital, ensuring your focus is on your education and training without the stress trying to find patients to fit your schedule. You will place a minimum of 4 implants (4 patients) – but can do further cases, depending on your prior experience and current performance levels. You will learn to use multiple implant systems (Straumann, Biohorizons & Megagen), which will enable you to make an educated decision regarding your preferred system for placements.

You will be assessed in various ways throughout the course. One of the main assessments is an ePortfolio of your clinical work, which you build up throughout the first two years of the course. The other assessments include essays, reports, presentations, posters, and and OSCE. For some assessments, such as presentations, you are required to come in for the day (which are additional to the academic teaching days for the module), but all written work is submitted online.

In your 3rd 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 dental Implantology (ICE research focuses on human factors, however,  you are able to research other topics as well).

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