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Dental Implantology

MSc/PgDip

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Radiography and Occupational Therapy

Start Date(s): September

Duration:

MSc (three years part-time)
PgDip (18 months to two years part-time)

Fees:

Part-time - £8,000 per year

In Brief:

  • Treat patients that ICE finds for you at their purpose-built hospital
  • Learn from leading implant experts and clinical mentors
  • Develop clinical skills and competency in Implant Dentistry
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

This MSc in Dental Implantology programme at the University of Salford has been developed in partnership with ICE Postgraduate Dental Institute and Hospital. This partnership will allow you as a student to gain hands on supervised learning in a highly technical clinical setting.

Key features of the course:

  • Patients and trained mentors are provided by ICE, this way ensuring that you are supported throughout your training and can focus on developing your skills.
  • A unique state of the art learning environment at the ICE implant hospital .
  • Evidence-based teaching making the course transferable to your clinic .
  • Access to cutting edge digital dentistry equipment at the ICE National Reference Centre for Digital Dentistry.

The PGDip/MSc Programme in Dental Implantology is aimed at dental practitioners who hold a GDC registrable dental degree and two years post-qualification experience in hospital service or general dental practice.

This course is delivered in partnership with the ICE Postgraduate Dental Hospital and Institute

Fees

For UK/EU students the following instalments are available for September registration, the following payment options are available:

1. Payment in full at online registration

2. Eight instalments - 25 Oct to 25 May - £1,000 per month

Course Details

Postgraduate Diploma: 120 graduate credits in your chosen pathway of study

MSc: 180 graduate credits in your chosen pathway of study to include the Dissertation module

Course Structure

Postgraduate Diploma: 120 postgraduate credits in your chosen pathway of study

MSc: 180 postgraduate credits in your chosen pathway of study to include the Dissertation module

The Institute of Clinical Excellence (ICE) and the University of Salford run this MSc/PGDip programme jointly. As a learning centre, ICE consists of fully equipped teaching clinics, including one operating theatre with a live AV link to the lecture theatre for live surgery. This programme will allow you to gain hands on supervised study in a clinical setting.

STRUCTURE

This MSc/PgDip in Dental Implantology Programme is aimed to equip you with core clinical skills and competency in both the restorative and surgical aspects of implant dentistry, through a combination of clinical support and academic teaching in accordance with the GDP/FGDP Training Standards in Implant Dentistry.

The course has been specifically designed to take the stress away of finding patients and provide a mentor to help you complete your first few cases with confidence. You will treat a minimum of four patients and learn to use multiple-implant systems. Your supervised learning will take place within the ICE purpose-built facilities and you will gain practical skills and competency in patient assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.

By covering the whole implant process in depth from treatment planning and implant placement to restoration, this course provides a strong foundation for you to progress your career in implant dentistry.

This MSc in Dental Implantology aims for you to develop:

  • Core knowledge, skills and clinical competencies to assess, manage and treat patients with tooth loss to a high standard, efficiently and safely.
  • The ability to evaluate and demonstrate evidenced-based practice.
  • Knowledge and a critical awareness of current issues in the field of dentistry
  • A comprehensive understanding of the principles of research enquiry
  • Transferable skills in communicating with a range of audiences, decision making and problem solving.

This is a three year part-time MSc Course, with the opportunity to step off with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) after two years. Across the first two years, you will study four modules, as shown below.

YEAR ONE

Patient Assessment and Treatment Planning (Year one, Semester one: Sept- Jan)

This module aims to enable you to assess and manage patients with tooth loss. Some of the intended learning outcomes of this module include:

  • Understand the basic principles of restorative implant treatment
  • Demonstrate the ability to write evidence based-treatment plans
  • Critically evaluate risk factors in implant success rates.

Implant Surgery (Year one, Semester two: Jan-June)

This module aims to enable you to apply surgical and imaging principles in the management of patients with tooth loss. Some of the intended learning outcomes for this module include:

  • Synthesize and apply the principles of radiation protection, clinical photography and imaging software
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the impact of oral health and periodontitis for surgical procedures
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of cross infection risks during surgical procedures.

YEAR TWO

Restorative Treatment and Maintenance (Year two, Semester one: Sept- Jan)

The aims of this module are:

  • To equip you with the skills and knowledge to manage and treat patients requiring restorative dental implant therapy
  • To provide you with an understanding of the principles of research inquiry.

Dental Implant Procedures and Complex Cases (Year two, Semester two: Jan-June)

This module aims to enable you to demonstrate knowledge of dental implant procedures and complex cases. Some of the intended learning outcomes for this module include:

  • Critically evaluate risks and complications of surgical and implant procedures while providing highlight effective patient care
  • Critically analyse indications for high risk and complex cases and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of when to refer on cases.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of advanced surgical techniques and complications.

YEAR THREE

Dissertation (Dental Implantology) (Year three, Semesters one, two and three)

This module builds on your understanding of research inquiry developed through modules one to four. You will use one or more methods of inquiry (qualitative, quantitative, or systematic reviews) to develop transferable skills and a critical evidence-based approach to research.

You will work with a supervisory team to either:

  • Conduct a systematised literature review or
  • Conduct a research project in Dental Implantology

Entry Requirements

Degree grade: The General Entry Academic Requirements are as per the University’s Admissions and Retention Policy detail for Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Specific/subject-specific requirements:

Dental practitioners who fulfil the following criteria will be eligible for acceptance onto the programme:

  • Evidence of full GDC registration and membership of a professional body (UK employees only) or equivalent in their home country for international applicants
  • Evidence of full indemnity insurance
  • Evidence of a relevant degree
  • Evidence of post-qualification experience in general dental practice or hospital service
  • IELTS of 6.5
  • Evidence of completion of recent CPD

Level 2/3 specific requirements: N/A

Please note, you will need to include the following with your application in order for it to be assessed:  

  1. CV
  2. Personal Statement
  3. References
  4. Passport
  5. ILS Certificate
  6. Qualifications
  7. GDC Registration
  8. Indemnity Insurance
  9. DBS
  10. IELTS
  11. Transcript of results (if transferring)

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. This qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6.5 or above (and for each component 6.0 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.

Suitable For

The MSc/PGDip Programme in Dental Implantology is aimed at dental practitioners who hold a GDC registrable dental degree or equivalent in their home country and post-qualification experience in hospital service or general dental practice. Delegates on this Programme will already be working dentists in professional practice.

Dental practitioners who fulfil the following criteria will be eligible for acceptance onto the programme; 

  • evidence of full GDC registration and membership of a professional body (UK employees only) or equivalent in their home country for international applicants
  • evidence of full indemnity insurance
  • evidence of a relevant degree
  • evidence of post-qualification experience in general dental practice or hospital service
  • IELTS of 6.5
  • evidence of completion of recent CPD

The evidence may be presented in a range of formats including certificate of attendance at study days/short courses/published work in the field/signed witness statements/ reflective reports. It should be presented in a portfolio and will be evaluated as part of the admission process.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.atas.fco.gov.uk/

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£8,000 per year

For UK/EU students for September registration, the following payment options are available:

1. Payment in full at online registration (£8,000 per year)

2. Eight instalments - 25 Oct to 25 May - £1,000 per month

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.

Teaching

A range of teaching methods will be used throughout the duration of the course. These include but are not limited to:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Seminars
  • Self-directed study
  • Online learning opportunities via our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard)

Assessment

Academic and clinical skills are assessed by a range of formative and summative assessment techniques including:

  • e-Portfolio of clinical learning
  • Classroom based clinical assessments on Phantom Heads / Pigs/Der heads as option (ethics)
  • Reflective essays
  • Case discussions with peer feedback
  • Essays
  • Poster presentations
  • Oral presentations
  • Supervisory meetings
  • Dissertation

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Simon Wright

(MSc, PGDip Implant Dentistry, BDS, PGCTLCP, FHEA)

GDC number: 77941

Dr Wright completed the Trafford One Year Implant Course in 2004 before completing his Diploma in Implant Dentistry and his MSc in Dental Implantology. He is a Senior Lecturer in Implantology at the University of Salford and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester. He also lectures nationally and internationally for Astra Tech, Straumann, the ITI, Mersey Deanery and on the MSc courses at Manchester, Cardiff and Sheffield. He has a keen interest in teaching dentistry and is a trainer for young foundation dentists and nurses. He has written many courses for nurses and dentists and gained a Fellowship to the Higher Education Academy.

Employability

Career Prospects

Implant dentistry is widely recognised as an increasingly important aspect of career choice for the dental clinician. This is partly driven by patient demand, and partly due to technological developments in the field of digital dentistry.

Training in implant dentistry is not part of the undergraduate curriculum. Therefore, dentists who wish to provide implant treatment are required by GDC standards in the UK to complete formal education and training at postgraduate level.

Further career prospects also include research and teaching. Previous students that graduated from the MSc in Dental Implantology have become mentors for the course and teach to Dental Nurses at ICE,

Links with Industry

Implant Centre of Excellence (ICE) and the University of Salford run this MSc/PGDip programme jointly. As a learning centre, ICE consists of fully equipped teaching clinics, an operating theatre that is enabled to digitally transmit live surgery. This programme will allow you to gain hands on supervised study in a clinical setting.

Facilities

ICE consists of:

  • Fully equipped teaching clinics
  • An operating theatre that is enabled to digitally transmit live surgery
  • High quality video conference and webinar facilities
  • Boardroom
  • Breakout rooms
  • Cone Beam Computed Tomography

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