Dental Education MSc

Dental Education MSc

School of Dentistry


Post- graduate





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    Part-time: 3 Years

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Why study this programme?

The aim of the programme is to provide students with the opportunities to apply the theory, practice and associated research of teaching and assessment within Dental Education to support leaners and colleagues. This programme is also an opportunity for members of the Dental team who are able to study at level 7 and meet the relevant entry criteria.

This programme will combine didactic teaching by experts in their fields with the opportunity to learn educational practices.

Practical teaching takes place within our modern facilities. You will have the benefit of close support and supervision at all stages of your programme. The emphasis is on small group teaching allowing you maximum contact with your teachers and allowing you to make the best of your opportunity for postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:

  • Must hold a relevant Dental degree (e.g. BDS, Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy or equivalent)
  • Be actively engaged in dental practice
  • Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent in all four areas)

All suitable applicants will be interviewed.  Interview procedures and decisions regarding applications will be conducted within the University’s policies on equal opportunities and admission.

If you have already completed Facilitating Learning and/or Mentoring in Dental Practice (or equivalent), please contact Vicky Buller, to discuss entry onto the programme.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

Facilitating Learning in Healthcare Practice (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to enable health care practitioners to critically analyse the requirements for effective facilitation of learning within and outside the workplace and selectively and appropriately apply principles of best practice to teaching, supporting learning, assessing and giving feedback to others.

Mentoring in Dental Practice (40 credits)
The aim of the module is to equip members of the dental team to fulfil the role of mentor with colleagues who require support to fulfil the requirements of professional practice in Dental care or who have been the subject of Fitness to Practice review

Year 2

Appraising Educational Literature (20 credits)
The module aims to develop students’ skills in appraising educational literature to support their decision-making and professional development. Students will learn how to develop research questions to generate appropriate knowledge, how different research designs are used to answer different research questions, understand the key threats to robust quantitative and qualitative research, and how to appraise existing studies in their area of professional interest.

Assessment in Dental Education (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to enable students to undertake assessment for and of learning, utilising best-practice principles. Students will also undertake evaluation of their teaching to ensure continuous quality improvement of learning and teaching interventions.

Teaching Methods (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and evaluate a range of teaching methods and approaches, to  enable them to teach effectively in a variety of settings, varying their approach according to needs and opportunities and to develop a range of resources that will support student learning.

Year 3

Research Project
The module aims to develop students’ skills in gathering and appraising scientific studies to inform their own and colleagues’ practice on the basis of the best available evidence. It also aims to foster in students greater confidence in their ability to conduct independent research activity and present the findings of research to a professional audience.

Further Information

To accompany the study days, much of the course content 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.


The course is taught in a well-equipped modern facilities.

Assessment is through a range of strategies including, portfolio, audit, educational resource, case based report, case presentations, simulated role play evaluation paper & critical review paper. Students will also undertake a dissertation which will comprise of an independent research project with its focus on a topic of importance and relevance to current educational practice.

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).


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.


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


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £1,152 per 20 credits

Further information:

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

Professional Accreditation

The first module, Facilitating Learning in Healthcare Practice is accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators. Students who successfully complete the module and assessments will be eligible to apply for full membership of the Academy without going through the individual assessment process. This module is also mapped into COPDEND Standards for Dental Educators (2013).