Master Dental Science for Clinical Practice

Queen Mary University of London | London , United Kingdom
This programme orientates internationally qualified dental graduates to that of a UK dental practitioner by providing a comprehensive grounding in six key training areas: basic sciences and their application to modern day dental practice, applied principles of clinical dentistry, clinical skills, communication skills, professionalism, management and leadership.

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This programme orientates internationally qualified dental graduates to that of a UK dental practitioner by providing a comprehensive grounding in six key training areas: basic sciences and their application to modern day dental practice, applied principles of clinical dentistry, clinical skills, communication skills, professionalism, management and leadership.

Overview

This programme orientates internationally qualified dental graduates to that of a UK dental practitioner by providing a comprehensive grounding in six key training areas: basic sciences and their application to modern day dental practice, applied principles of clinical dentistry, clinical skills, communication skills, professionalism, management and leadership.

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The course is delivered under three broad headings:

1. Taught

Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relevant basic sciences including anatomy, physiology, immunology, microbiology and molecular biology with respect to health and how these are altered in disease states

  • Patho-physiological and anatomical basis for clinical signs of oral and craniofacial health and disease

  • Relationships between dental disease, population risk factors and the preventative measures

And integrate this knowledge to dental areas through discussions in:

  • Basic and clinical science associated with pharmacology and therapeutics used in dentistry

  • The science underpinning the key properties of dental materials and evaluate their clinical applications

2. Clinical

Students' clinical skills will be augmented through practical, laboratory based sessions using typodont teeth set in a manikin head.

  • Operative skills will be taught to ensure students can undertake skilled, competent and safe dental procedures including: cavity design, extra-coronal restorations and non-surgical endodontic treatment.

  • Simulated clinical techniques will be undertaken and the student will be introduced to decision making processes leading to tooth loss and replacement and execution of appropriate operative techniques for all stages of planned prosthodontic treatment (excluding bridges and implants) in conjunction, as necessary, with other specialists and technicians.

Students will observe current UK dental practise via clinics in oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontology, paediatrics, prosthodontics, radiology and orthodontics.

Tutoring in Objective Structured Clinical Reasoning Examinations (OSCE) and Structured Clinical Reasoning (SCR) Exams will be carried out using the advanced facilities in the state of the art dental skills laboratory.

3. Research

The research component consists of a structured literature review and clinical audit report. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:

  • Critical appraisal and analysis of scientific and clinical literature

  • How clinical audit identifies problems in clinical service and helps formulate solutions

  • Appropriate tools for searching the literature (search engines, web-based libraries, electronic documents)

Students will develop the analytical skills to be able to:

  • Critically appraise, analyse and evaluate scientific papers and clinical literature applying the principles of evidence based dentistry

  • Evaluate evidence of the latest developments in Dentistry

Communication skills will be developed throughout the taught, clinical and research elements of the course with specific topic presentations during seminars as well as through journal club reports and presentations on dental and clinical governance topics.

The application deadline is 30th June 2016. Once we have received applications by the deadline the first selection process will begin. We reserve the right to receive further application after the deadline and make decisions on those applications in July/August subject to places being available.

Why study for your MSc in Dental Science for Clinical Practice at Queen Mary?

The Institute of Dentistry has a long and proud record of internationally recognised research in oral and dental sciences. We combine a strong tradition of clinical, epidemiological and public health research in dentistry, with a solid basic science research base that brings together a range of multi-disciplinary teams with complementary skills from clinical science, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, material science and biophysics. Extensive collaboration throughout Queen Mary University of London brings us great benefits from the excellent research facilities available within the university.

Dentistry was ranked second in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE); the results placed us in the top five research-active medical and dental schools in England, alongside the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and University College London. This outstanding research underpins our commitment to excellent education and clinical delivery.

The Institute of Dentistry is a special place to undertake postgraduate studies, bringing together a number of world-leading researchers in basic and clinical sciences who supervise research students in the fields of oral medicine, oral pathology, oral microbiology, oral epidemiology, oncology, dental biomaterials, dental biophysics, dental public health, dental education, periodontology, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, prosthetic and conservative dentistry.

You will have the opportunity to attend Continuing Development Courses of the London Deanery, Royal Society of Medicine (Odontology Section) as well as internal Departmental and Dental and Blizard Institute seminars.

You will prepare a professional development portfolio based on evidence gathered from lectures, tutorials, clinics, self-study and self-reflection sessions.

Facilities

You will have access to a range of facilities including: medical and dental libraries located at the Royal London and at Barts hospitals, as well as the Mile End library.

Postgraduate Dental students have access to a Dental Metrology Unit equipped with facial laser scan and facial image analysis and the Dental Clinical Skills Laboratory based in the Garrod building.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 31350 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 21650 Year (EEA)
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

MSc in Dental Science for Clinical Practice is available to study full-time for one year. Attendance at all didactic, observational and practical sessions is compulsory.

Full-time

Undertaking a postgraduate programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching, independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course director for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Core modules

  • Statistics, Ethics and Research Methods

  • Applied Principles of Clinical Dentistry

  • Dental Clinical Skills

  • Dental Manikin Practical Skills

  • Professionalism: Management and Leadership

  • Dental Science Clinical Audit Project.

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Requirements

You should already have a recognised degree in dentistry from an approved university and 12 months of post-qualification experience.

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

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