Endodontology graduate Rose Thomas talks about her career in dentistry

MSc Endodontology, 2016

UCLan Endodontology graduate, Rose Thomas, has scaled up her dentistry skills to become Practice Partner and Dentist at Thomas & Thomas Dental Associates based in Blackpool.

Prior to attending the University of Central Lancashire, Rose qualified as a dentist in 2000 from Dr MGR Medical University in India. She spent the following four years gaining experience in general dental practice and orthodontics. In 2006, Rose moved to the UK and passed her statutory exam to register with the General Dental Council before undertaking further training.

In 2012 Rose obtained membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2009, as well as membership of the Joint Dental Faculty, Royal College of Surgeons of England, in 2012.

Having worked in general dental practice since completing her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Rose enjoyed endodontics and wanted to explore further opportunities for postgraduate education. She chose the MSc Endodontology course at UCLan due to her interest in the field and living close to the University. Rose completed her postgraduate studies on a part-time basis over three years and achieved a distinction.

Rose Thomas
Rose Thomas

After graduating in 2016, Rose started helping out with the Endodontology masters course on an ad-hoc basis, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She now works as part of the UCLan course team as a part-time Senior Clinical Teacher, alongside her work at Thomas & Thomas.

In addition to her NHS practice and teaching work, Rose has purchased a dental practice with her husband, who is also a dentist, where she has taken the role of Practice Partner and Dentist and takes private endodontic referrals from other general dental practitioners.

Looking back on her studies at UCLan, Rose enjoyed her time and said: “It was great to get back to a University setting. I fully cherished my student life once I joined the MSc Endodontology course.”

When asked to give advice to those wishing to follow a similar study path, Rose stated: “I would recommend postgraduate courses to those who would like to pursue their career in specific fields of dentistry.

“Part-time courses allow you to work and study at the same time, which would enable you to incorporate what you learn into practice, which is a great way of learning. Having supervised training helps you to gain confidence in attempting difficult cases under supervision, which will prepare you to take on similar cases in practice.”