Master of Science, Postgraduate Diploma
This programme is designed for dentists, dental technicians or scientists who want to advance their knowledge in the field of Dental Technology and Dental Materials through research and training. During this course elements of Dental technology, CAD-CAM, implantology, occlusion and materials are taught together with clinical postgraduates. Teaching is carried out by clinical consultants/staff, chief technicians and Dental/Biomaterials experts in the Institute of Dentistry, which is ranked as one of the top UK Dental schools.
You will have the opportunity to carry out novel materials synthesis and projects are running on ceramics, polymer based dental materials, (eg temporary crown and bridge materials and glass ionomer cements) composites and bioactive glasses. Technical practice sessions run during the programme underpin the core concepts of occlusion including: occlusal waxing, splints and setting up dentures. You will also produce an advanced technical patient case guided by senior multidisciplinary technical staff and clinical consultants.
The module taken in Management, Leadership and Communication Skills will help students who are expected to take up future senior managerial roles. After taking the programme you will have a good scientific base and transferable advanced technical and research skills which will be attractive to a future employer. You will be expected to take up full-time teaching, research or industry positions after completion of the programme.
This programme includes formal teaching, technical training, and a supervised research project. All the taught and technical modules in the programme are core teaching. Topics will be chosen for research projects subject to your area of interest.
The programme comprises thirteen modules:
Module 1 – Statistics, Ethics and Research Methods
Module 2-3 – Properties of Dental Materials/Processing Methods
Module 4-5 – Occlusion
Module 6 – Introduction to Implantology
Module 7 – Aesthetics
Module 8 – Advanced Technical Practice
Module 9-12 – Research Project and Report
Module 13 – Courses in Management, Leadership and Communication Skills
Candidates following the one-year full-time programme will be examined on their coursework in December (Modules 1), March (2, 4 and 5), June (Modules 3, 6 and 7) and later Module 8, which will qualify them for the Postgraduate Diploma. Marks accumulated from the Postgraduate Diploma (60 per cent) will go towards the final MSc marks. To complete the MSc project reports must be submitted by September of the year that the candidate completes the programme. The oral examination of the project and a practical case submission/oral will be held later the same month.
Applicants require a degree (minimum second class honours) in Dentistry or a subject relevant to Dentistry, such as basic sciences or medical/bioengineering, or the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience.
A Dental Technology Foundation degree, a minimum of two years post-initial qualification experience, and the ability to demonstrate advanced technical expertise in the field. Applicants may also be required to satisfy a practical trade test administered by the Medical School.
A recognised qualification in Dental Technology through assessments, including a written examination of a standard comparable to a threeyear Foundation Degree in Dental Technology, or a Graduate Certificate in Dental Technology (see page 234) awarded at the level of merit.
For language requirements, please refer to the international students section.