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Prosthodontics (Formerly Cosmetic Dentistry) MSc

Prosthodontics (Formerly Cosmetic Dentistry) MSc

School of Dentistry

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Part-time: Three Years for MSc, Two Years for PGDip.

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MSc

Why study this programme?

Our MSc Prosthodontics programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

We offer MSc students 15 clinic placements in which we provide the patients at the UCLan Dental Clinic during their diploma programme.

Applicants will be invited to an Advice day held at Greenbank Building at UCLan, where prospective students will be given an opportunity to talk to the Course Leader and tour the specialist facilities including the UCLan Dental Clinic where students will carry out their 15 clinical placements throughout their course in which we provide the patients.

Come along to one of our Postgraduate Dentistry Advice events (2-5pm), register here

Event dates: 14 March / 13 April/ 6 June  


Entry Requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:

  • Be qualified as a Dental Surgeon and have a licence to practice dentistry
  • Be registered with the General Dental Council (or equivalent)
  • Be in professional practice or have a hospital appointment for a minimum of two years
  • Be registered with a Defence Union - possessing indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level.
  • Possess indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level
  • Possess a current certificate of immunisation against communicable disease (Hepatitis B)
  • Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent). Competency may be demonstrated by qualification, accreditation of prior learning or separate University assessment.

DBS: all potential students must undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to admittance to the programme.

Applicants must provide evidence of their IELTS Level 7 certificate (or equivalent), GDC Certificate and Indemnity Insurance by either uploading a copy upon online application or providing a copy with their completed paper application.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

Clinical Knowledge of Prosthodontics (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce foundation topics relating to the safe practice of cosmetic dentistry. The module will cover the basic sciences underpinning the clinical aspects of cosmetic dental treatment and will cover patient examination, treatment planning, complications and case selection. 

  • Patient assessment and effective treatment planning
  • Occlusal terminology, analysis and occlusion in relation to restorative dentistry
  • Smile design and cosmetic planning
  • Non-invasive aesthetics – tooth whitening procedures
  • Dentine bonding and anterior composite techniques
  • Porcelain laminate veneers and crowns
  • Shade selection, customising characterisation, gingival porcelains
  • Principles of bridge design and fixed moveable bridgework
  • Soft tissue management in relation to successful cosmetic dentistry
  • The diagnostic wax up
  • Modern materials and their application
  • Preservation of pulpal vitality
  • Detailed communication with the laboratory

Clinical Skills for Prosthodontics (20 credits) 

This module will introduce and develop the necessary practical skills required to undertake safe cosmetic dental treatment within a primary dental care environment. Initially, practical procedures will be demonstrated, supervised and assessed within the UCLan clinical training facility using the available manikins. You will then carry out clinical procedures under the supervision of an experienced clinical tutor within an approved clinical training centre. In addition case presentation and critical case analysis of your own patients will be undertaken and peer discussion actively encouraged.

  • History taking and clinical examination
  • Clinical photography
  • Articulators and the use of the semi-adjustable articulator and face bow
  • Anterior tooth coloured restorations
  • Tooth preparation and construction of provisional restorations
  • Soft tissue management and achieving accurate impressions

Appraising the Dental Literature (20 credits)

The module seeks to develop your ability to locate, select and interpret information from a wide variety of published sources related to dentistry and oral health, and to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the dental literature using objective methodologies.

Year 2

Enhanced Clinical Knowledge of Prosthodontics (20 credits)

This module will further develop your knowledge of cosmetic dental treatment, building on the foundations developed in the first year. You will study advances in cosmetic dentistry and will gain knowledge of the contemporary cosmetic dental techniques that have widened and strengthened the clinician’s treatment portfolio.

  • Treatment planning and the management of the complex restorative/cosmetic case
  • The role of overdentures
  • Medico-legal aspects of restorative and cosmetic dentistry
  • The shortened dental arch concept
  • The role of splint therapy
  • Restorative aspects of dental implants
  • Management of the failing dentition
  • Aetiology and management of tooth surface loss
  • Crown lengthening procedures

Enhanced Clinical Skills for Prosthodontics. (20 credits)

This module introduces further practical skills required for effective cosmetic dental treatment. The module will introduce more advanced clinical procedures to be carried out under the supervision of an experienced clinical tutor within an approved clinical training centre. In addition, case presentations and critical case analysis of your own patients will be undertaken and peer discussion actively encouraged.

  • Treatment planning and the management of the complex restorative/cosmetic case
  • Management of the failing dentition
  • Management of cases with a worn dentition
  • The benefits and risks involved with changing an occlusal scheme
  • Soft tissue management and procedures for crown lengthening

Evidence Based Dentistry (20 credits)

The module seeks to develop your skills in order to plan, undertake and present the findings of a dental or oral health related research project.

Year 3

Extended Clinical Practice Module (20 credits)

This module provides further time treating patients under supervision in the UCLan Dental Clinic. It will provide an opportunity to treat patients using a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together the knowledge and skills acquired during the first two years of the course.

Dentistry Professional Project (40 credits)

The dissertation will form a major component in the final year of the Masters programme. You will be expected to take responsibility for designing, conducting and analysing the results of a substantial investigation, which will make a contribution to the discipline under scrutiny. You will be encouraged to adopt a balanced perspective in the treatment process as they analyse the research material. The project will be written up in the agreed Masters degree format. You will also be encouraged to write a short article suitable for submission for presentation at appropriate conference and where possible for publication in a specialty related journal. This will provide you with an opportunity to develop a professional writing style and to achieve publication.

The MSc and PG Diploma both carry 60 clinical and 30 “others” credits towards the FGDP Career Pathway. The course will also provide you with over 200 hours of verifiable CPD.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Our MSc Prosthodontics programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

During the course (2 years PGDip; 3 years MSc) you will be expected to attend up to 15 study/assessment days per year. Many of these sessions will be within the School of Medicine and Dentistry on the main UCLan Preston Campus, though some sessions will be timetabled in the UCLan Dental Clinic, where you will observe, assist and ultimately lead in clinical treatment. To accompany the study days, much of the course content, including lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, videos of lectures and assignments will be delivered to you via the University’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allowing you to both prepare work for study days and undertake additional work independently from your home location.

Work in the early part of the course will comprise plenary lectures and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility and work on pigs heads and similar systems. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision within UCLan Dental Clinic Facility. Here skills will be developed and assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS). The academic underpinning that supports this discipline will be developed though plenary lectures, directed reading and case-based discussions, which you and others in the group will be expected to prepare and lead. Group sizes are generally small (typically 12 per cohort) leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.

We must of course have assessments and examinations, these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases OSCEs, mini clinical examinations and essays.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: Year 1 - £8,450, Year 2 - £16,000, Year 3 - £6,960

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Industry Links

The programme is approved for verifiable CPD.

Completion of this programme of study provides 60 allowable credits towards the FGDP (UK) Career Pathway (Clinical); 30 allowable credits towards the Career Pathway (Other).

Learning Environment and Assessment

The programme encompasses a blended learning approach and consists of a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinic training sessions and laboratory visits. Each person will be assigned a personal tutor for the entire programme.

Each module of your course will have a series of assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, OSCEs and essays.

UCLan Dental Clinic

Phantom Head Facility

Personal Development

This course will develop your skills in:

  • Thorough case assessment and record taking
  • Practical occlusion
  • Aesthetic parameters for smile design
  • Appropriate treatment planning
  • Tooth preparation techniques
  • The challenge of effective temporisation
  • Dealing with tooth colour
  • Multidisciplinary approach to complex case management

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Testimonial

Dr Stephen Dodd discusses how doing a Masters at UCLan raised his game and improved the range of skills he can offer his patients.