Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice MSc

Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice MSc

School of Dentistry

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Preston

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

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  • Duration:

    Two years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Distance with attendance, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MSc

Why study this programme?

This course has evolved from the three year programme that it replaces and has been re-designed in response to student feedback. Now run over two years and with much of the academic delivery online, the course will also provide the busy dental therapist with a part time educational route to enhance their skills and knowledge. This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

This programme is delivered by experienced clinicians and educators. Successful completion of this two year programme leads to the award of an MSc Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), a UK University well known as a provider of high quality clinical training and education.

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Entry Requirements

  • Be registered with an appropriate regulatory body and have a licence to be a dental therapist
  • Be registered with a defence union - possessing indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level.
  • Be in professional practice or a hospital appointment while attending the course
  • Hold 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 on-line application or providing a copy with their completed paper application. All suitable applicants will be interviewed.  Interview procedures and decisions regarding applications will be conducted within the University’s policies on equal opportunities and admissions.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

DX4017 - Utilising the evidence base (20 Credits)

DX4017 is a highly interactive, fully online module that provides students with the skills they need to critically appraise the academic literature. The module is divided into three distinct sessions. The first provides students with the necessary study skills and introduction to the basic concepts they will need to complete the module, such as an introduction to research, academic integrity, literature searches, validity and reliability, bias, and statistics. The second session focusses on different quantitative methods and how to critically appraise them, before the third session does the same with qualitative methods. There are two assignments. The first is a critical appraisal of a quantitative research paper. The second asks students to write two research outlines, one quantitative and one qualitative. The course is delivered asynchronously, meaning that pre-recorded lectures and materials are provided through Microsoft Notebook. However, students are also required to engage in frequent critical discussion and collaborative tasks with colleagues using Microsoft Teams. Specific time periods are designated for completion of such tasks in order that all students can benefit.

DX4018 Enhanced Periodontal Practice (60 Credits)

The focus of this module is on the introduction of foundation topics and the necessary practical skills relating to the safe practice of Periodontology within a primary dental care environment. The module will cover basic sciences underpinning the current concepts of periodontal diseases’ pathogenesis, the clinical aspects of periodontal treatment and also an introduction to inhalation sedation as an adjunct to treatment.

The syllabus content will be applied to encourage the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skill development, and will include:

  • Contemporary aetiopathology and epidemiology of periodontal diseases entities
  • Periodontal examination and assessment of risk factors
  • Clinical photography
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning in periodontology
  • Contemporary management of periodontal disease
  • Perio medicine
  • Periodontal regeneration
  • Suture removal
  • Inhalation sedation
  • Oral medicine
  • Medical and legal consideration and issues

It will cover patient’s examination, diagnosis and treatment planning, complications and case evaluation. In addition case presentation and critical case analysis of the student’s own patients will be undertaken and peer discussion actively encouraged

Practical procedures will be demonstrated, supervised and assessed within the UCLan clinical training facility

Year 2

DX4027 - Research Strategy (40 Credits)

This on-line module will build upon the knowledge from DX4017 and develop the student’s skills in gathering and appraising scientific studies to inform their own and colleague’s practice, on the basis of best available evidence. Students will learn the key stages in developing focused research questions, constructing systematic searches, and producing a research proposal. Understanding different study designs and recognising their limitations will allow for deeper critical appraisal of both the design and the evidence produced. This knowledge will be applied in developing and implementing their own research proposals and data synthesis. This module leads to the submission of an 8,000 word professional project.

DX4028 Enhanced Restorative Practice (60 Credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce clinical knowledge and the necessary practical skills relating to the safe practice of restorative dentistry within a primary dental care environment.

It will cover patient’s examination, diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as case management including occlusal assessment, aesthetic considerations and the delivery of appropriate restorations in the primary and secondary dentitions. In addition case presentation and critical case analysis of the student’s own patients will be undertaken, and this will include peer discussion and reflection

Practical procedures will be demonstrated, supervised and assessed within the UCLan clinical skills training facility.

The syllabus content will be applied to encourage the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skill development, and will include:

  • Basic occlusal examination
  • Impression taking
  • Occlusal records and the use of mounted study casts in restorative practice
  • Minimal intervention dentistry
  • Aesthetic considerations and restorative solutions
  • Tooth whitening
  • Contemporary techniques and material selection for the restoration of primary and secondary dentition
  • Pulp therapies for the primary dentition

The 2 year MSc course will provide you with 180 academic credits, and this equates to 1,800 hours of verifiable CPD that relate to the GDC Development Outcomes as follows:

Year 1 – A, C & D

Year 2 – A, B , C & D

Postgraduate Advice Event

Register for our postgraduate advice event taking place on Sunday 23rd June 2019.

Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

As a student on this course you will have access to excellent online materials to guide and support your learning.

It will provide authentic clinical training and education, delivered both online and face-to-face that will prepare you to provide safe and appropriate treatment as part of your clinical practice.

This course will provide further training in periodontal and restorative practice in order that dental therapists can work to their full scope of practice and focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

During the course, you will be expected to attend up to 15 study/assessment days per year. 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 eLearn system allowing you to both prepare work for study days and undertake additional work independently from your home location.

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 allow you to monitor your progress and guide your learning as well as testing your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher level skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, case presentations, practical tests, written examinations and critical essays.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, 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).

Handbook

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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: Year 1 £7,748; Year 2 £7,748

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Professional Accreditation

Postgraduate qualifications in dentistry are not regulated by the General Dental Council in the UK.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Modules DX4017 and DX4027 are delivered and assessed online.

The clinical modules, DX4018 and DX4028 are assessed with a blend of course work, written assessments, practical assessments including direct observations whilst treating patients, and seen and unseen clinical case assessments.

The teaching faculty is led by Malcolm Edwards, is a highly experienced Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, and Director of Postgraduate Dental Studies in the School of Dentistry.

Course highlights

You’ll work in modern facilities as part of your programme and be taught by experienced clinicians and specialists.

Opportunities

This course will provide further training in periodontal and restorative practice in order that dental therapists can work to their full scope of practice.