Prosthodontics MSc

Prosthodontics MSc

School of Dentistry


Post- graduate





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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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

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    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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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 to develop your practice, provide an enhanced level of care for your patients and achieve greater professional satisfaction. This programme allows you to develop your clinical skills, deepen your understanding of the evidence underpinning modern prosthodontics and widen your knowledge. Many of our graduates have used the MSc programme as a launchpad towards academic involvement in research and education, or to further specialist training.

MSc programmes at UCLan differ from most other courses in that you will have direct patient contact across the diploma year of the course. In our modern on-campus Dental Clinic we provide the patients, facilities and support to enable you to practice what you have learned. This will allow you to practice techniques and develop your confidence under expert supervision.

If you are interested, and would like the opportunity to meet the Course Leader and have a tour of our specialist facilities including the dental clinic, come along to one of our Applicant Days. These are regularly held in the Dental School at UCLan, and the dates are listed below.

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 for Prosthodontics (20 credits)

The syllabus will introduce foundation topics relating to the safe practice of fixed and removable prosthodontics. The module will cover the knowledge base underpinning the clinical aspects of prosthodontic treatment, including patient examination, treatment planning and case selection.

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

  • Patient assessment, aesthetic evaluation and treatment planning
  • Analysis and management of occlusion in prosthodontics
  • Principles of intra and extra coronal restorations
  • Treatment options for the replacements of missing teeth.
  • Soft tissue management in relation to successful prosthodontics
  • Update on Modern materials and their application

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 Scientific Literature (20 credits)

The syllabus aims to develop students’ skills in appraising scientific 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.

The syllabus content is as follows:

  • Developing a research question Identifying and researching a problem; moving from problem to question; focusing the research question; from question to appropriate study design
  • Quantitative study designs Experimental and observational human participant designs; association – causation; bias, confounding and chance; outcome measures; reporting findings.
  • Appraising experimental and observational studies bias, critical appraisal, critical appraisal checklists, assessing risk of bias and risk of bias tools
  • Qualitative study designs Interviews, focus groups, and observations; positionality and reflexivity; qualitative data analysis and reporting findings; 
  • Appraising qualitative study designs; credibility, transferability, dependability, trustworthiness;
  • Ethical issues in clinical and healthcare related research   Ethical principles; gaining ethical approval and dealing with situational ethics.

Year 2

Clinical Practice of Prosthodontics (60 credits)

This year long module is based in the UCLan Dental Clinic, our purpose built clinical facility that has been equipped to a high standard, including clinical microscopes and a cone beam CT scanner. This module provides the ideal step between working on phantom heads and treating patients in your own practice. During this module, we will provide patients for you to assess and develop patient centred treatment options. You will then deliver the treatment under the clinical supervision of Consultants and experienced clinicians. This is the ideal environment to put into practice the knowledge and skills you have acquired in the first year of the programme, with the reassurance that support is available.

You will encounter patients with tooth wear, missing teeth and failing dentitions. You will gain experience of managing these challenging cases using a range of contemporary fixed and removable prosthodontic solutions, and providing aesthetic and functional restorations, both direct and indirect. We will spend 15 days with you on the clinic, and there will be time for case discussion and critical review of your progress. We encourage your involvement in peer review through case presentation to enhance further your clinical acumen.

Year 3

Research Project (60 credits)

The Research Project is the central component of the final year of the Masters programme. Students will be expected to take responsibility for designing, conducting and analysing the results of an appropriate and manageable mini-systematic review on a topic of professional interest.  Student will cover the following key areas: 

  • Developing a focused review question
  • Designing systematic searches
  • Using tools to appraise the methodological quality and biases in experimental and observational studies
  • Using tools to appraise research processes and findings in qualitative studies
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Scientific writing 
  • Presentation of research findings  

The project will be written up in the agreed Master’s degree format. Students will also be encouraged to write a short article suitable for submission for presentation at appropriate conference and where possible for publication in specialty related journal. This will provide the student an opportunity to develop a professional writing style and to achieve publication.


The 3 year MSc course will also provide you with over 300 Verifiable CPD Hours which link to the GDC Development Outcomes as follows:

Year 1 – A, C & D
Year 2 – A, B , C & D
Year 3 – C

Postgraduate Advice Event

Register for our postgraduate advice event taking place on 10 April 2019

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

Further Information

Postgraduate Advice Events

  • Wednesday 10th April 2019 2pm
  • Wednesday 8th May 2019 2pm
  • Sunday 23rd June 2019 10 am (part of Wider University Open Day)
  • Saturday 6th July 2019 10 am

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.

Postgraduate Advice Events

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 2pm – 4pm (1 hour CPD lecture 4pm – 5pm)
Saturday 16th June 2018, 10.30am – 12pm
Tuesday 10th July 2018, 2pm – 4pm (1 hour CPD lecture 4pm – 5pm)

Reserve your place by emailing

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).


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 2019/20

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: Year 1 - £8,675 (UK/EU); Year 2 - £16,500 (UK/EU); Year 3 - £7,150 (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Industry Links

The programme is approved for verifiable CPD.

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

Postgraduate Dentistry Gallery

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


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



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