The Primary Dental Care modular programme at The University of Edinburgh is modular with each module worth either 10 or 20 credits. This means that 60 credits must be completed to become eligible for a Certificate, 120 credits for a Diploma with an additional research or project module worth 60 credits to be completed to be eligible for the Master of Science Degree.
Each module will run over a period of six or twelve weeks (depending on the credits) with participation in on-line discussions and completion of timed tasks a compulsory part of the process. There will be an annual clinical skills course lasting for up to 10 days on each of the first two years of the programme. These will be based at Edinburgh Dental Institute.
We will run 60 credits consecutively each year, so it will take one year to reach Certificate level, two years for the Diploma and a third year to complete the research module and gain the MSc.
The programme is supported online by a virtual learning environment (VLE) and all the educational material is available online. Coursework for assessment is uploaded to the site and there is an active student discussion board available alongside tutor- led discussions. The University of Edinburgh provides full library and student support through its own online facilities.
Each module will provide a review of current literature supporting the topic, an update of knowledge and an opportunity to practice specific clinical skills. There will be reading material, lecture material and interactive tutorials on all of the topics. There will be a requirement to carry out clinical procedures on your own patients and photograph and document these cases in order to maintain a log-book or portfolio of cases.
Students will be required to have access to a dental clinical camera and a semi-adjustable articulator in order to maintain the log-book of cases. Please email the programme team for further information.
During the on-line seminars and tutorials existing clinical skills will be reviewed and then discussed and updated in light of the prescribed reading and current evidence. You will be expected to make changes to your clinical practice and demonstrate that change in the cases that you present. We will provide guidance on what is required and the submitted course work will be assessed and marked together with feedback on the procedure to assist in your progression.
Each module has prescribed reading: this will be mainly in the form of original papers from the literature. We will provide on-line library access to these papers. You will be asked to read these before the start of each module as they will provide the essential introduction and background to the teaching.
At the end of each 20 credits, you will be required to produce a piece of written work, either an essay, a critical review, or a reflective account on the topic of the modules. In addition you will be asked to submit a selection of clinical cases from your log-book in the form of pdf documents that you will upload to the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
Obtaining credit for the module will depend on the satisfactory completion of
a) the written submission
b) participation in the tutor- led discussion board
c) participation in a group project
d) maintaining a reflective diary
There is no formal written examination
Each module will be assessed separately as above and credits awarded towards the degree. Tutors will be part of the team of internal examiners and each piece of course work will be assessed by two internal examiners. All standards will be independently assessed by an external examiner appointed by the University of Edinburgh from another institution. The University marking scheme will be applied to all aspects of the assessment.
The final assessment for the research module will involve the submission of either:
Guidance will be given as to suitable topics.
Satisfactory completion of this final module will give eligibility for the award of the degree of Master of Science in Primary Dental Care of the University of Edinburgh.
This course is suitable for any dentist (with the correct entry requirements) who wishes to advance their dental knowledge and clinical care.
60 credits must be completed to become eligible for a Certificate, 120 credits for a Diploma with an additional research or project module worth 60 credits to be completed to be eligible for the Master of Science Degree.
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A Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree or equivalent primary dental qualification is required along with a minimum of two years post qualification experience in primary dental care. In order to complete the distance clinical practice element of the programme you must be working in a clinical environment that allows you to treat a full range of patients with a variety of treatment needs. Where applicable, you will also be required to meet any language requirements in accordance with the University of Edinburgh's regulations.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.
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