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Dental Implantology

MSc/PgDip/PgCert

School - School of Health Sciences

Subject area - Radiography and Occupational Health

Start Date(s): September

Duration:

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

Fees:

In Brief:

  • Treat patients that ICE finds for you at their purpose-built hospital
  • Treat patients that ICE finds for you at their purpose-built hospital
  • Develop clinical skills & 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 & 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 2 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. Five instalments – 25th of October to 25th of Feb£1600.00 per month by Recurring card payment set up during online registration

    3. Eight instalments - 25th Oct to 25th May £1000.00 per month by Recurring card payment. (When you register online you will initially set up 5 instalments, you will then need to email income-treasury@salford.ac.uk stating you are on the Dental Radiography course and wish to change to 8 instalments).

    For any international/Tier 4 students the following instalments are available for September registration:

    1. Payment in full at online registration

    2. Five instalments - You will be required to pay the deposit of £4400.00 and then 5 instalments of £720.00 25th of October to 25th of Feb.

    3. Eight instalments - You will be required to pay the deposit of £4400.00 and then 8 instalments of £450.00 25th of October to 25th of May. (When you register online you will initially set up 5 instalments, you will then need to email income-treasury@salford.ac.uk stating you are on the Dental Radiography course and wish to change to 8 instalments).

    Awards and Accreditation

    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

    This MSc in Dental Implantology course 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.

    This course has been designed specifically to take the stress away from you. ICE provides all the required equipment, patients, and mentorship to help you treat a diverse range of implant cases (min. 4) within your comfort zone to gain the practical skills and competency in patient assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with confidence. All this will be done under the supervision of a clinical mentor within ICE’s purpose-built facilities.

    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 dentistry and dental implants.

    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 inquiry
    • Transferable skills in communicating to a range of audiences, decision making and problem solving.

    This is a 3-year part time MSc Course, with the opportunity to step off with a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) after 2 years. Across the first two years, you will study 4 modules, as shown below.

    YEAR 1

    Patient Assessment and Treatment Planning (Year 1, Semester 1: 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 1, Semester 2: 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 2

    Restorative Treatment and Maintenance (Year 2, Semester 1: 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 2, Semester 2: 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 3

    Dissertation (Dental Implantology) (Year 3, Semesters 1,2, &3)

    This module builds on your understanding of research inquiry developed through modules 1-4. 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

    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.

    Fees 2018-19

    Type of StudyFee

    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

    and 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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