Postgraduate MSc/PgDip

Restorative Dentistry

School of Health and Society




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

This course is delivered in partnership with the ICE Postgraduate Dental Hospital and Institute. This partnership will allow you as a student to gain hands on, supervised learning in a highly technical clinical setting at their facility in Salford Quays.

The course is aimed at dental practitioners who hold a GDC registrable dental degree and post-qualification experience in hospital service or general dental practice.

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.


To book a place on the next Open Evening at the ICE facilities in Salford Quays, email: or call: 0161 413 8336.



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You will:
  • Develop clinical skills and competency in restorative dentistry
  • Use of case-based discussions and peer support to enable your professional development
  • Have opportunities to undertake research supported by university academics

This is for you if...


You want to feel supported throughout your training and focus on developing your skills


You want to learn in a unique state of the art environment at the ICE hospital


You value evidence-based teaching making the course transferable to your clinic


You want to develop knowledge and a critical awareness of current issues in the field of dentistry


You want to progress your career in restorative dentistry


You want to develop your knowledge and critical awareness of current issues in the field of dentistry

Course details

All about the course

This MSc in Restorative Dentistry is aimed to equip you with core clinical skills and competency in the assessment, management and treatment of patients who have disease of the oral cavity, the teeth or their supporting structures. You will benefit from a combination of clinical support and academic teaching.

This MSc in Restorative Dentistry aims for you to:

  • Develop core knowledge, skills and clinical competencies to assess, manage and treat patients who have diseases of the oral cavity, the teeth and their supporting structures to a high standard, efficiently and safely.
  • Develop, evaluate and demonstrate evidenced-based practice.
  • Gain knowledge and a critical awareness of current issues in the field of Dentistry.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles of research inquiry.

The programme is delivered on a part-time basis only. The PgDip is delivered over 2 years and consists of four core modules that are each worth 30 credits. To complete the MSc, you must also complete the 60 credit dissertation module in year 3. Students can step off before the dissertation module for a Post-Graduate Diploma or continue onto the Masters by completing the Dissertation.  

Year one

Fundamentals of Restorative Dentistry - Planning and Diagnosis

Semester one:

This module focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects relating to the assessment, diagnosis and management of dental diseases. Some of the Intended Learning Outcomes of this module include:

  • Synthesise the evidence underpinning treatment planning
  • Critically discuss the factors that impact on occlusion and how this can affect restoration design.
  • Discuss the range of pathologies related to the dental pulp.
  • Demonstrate understanding and bleaching techniques and their application using the current legislation and guidelines in place

Applied Restorative Dentistry

Semester two:

This module aims to enable you develop skills in complex (class 4 restorations), denture design, posterior restorations and management strategies for patients with dentine hypersensitivity. Some of the Intended Learning Outcomes for this module include:

  • Appropriately select dental materials for restorative management of posterior teeth.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of dentine hypersensitivity to clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of Denture design.
Year two

Clinical Restorative Dentistry

Semester one:

The aims of this module are:

  • To enable you to critically evaluate the evidence concerning the restoration of root treated teeth, and to conservatively restore missing teeth.
  • Expand your knowledge of indirect dental material.
  • To provide you with an understanding of the principles of research inquiry.

Rehabilitation of the edentulous and partially-edentulous jaw

The aims of this module are:  

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of rehabilitation of the edentulous and partially-edentulous jaw 

  1. Critically evaluate the management of the terminal dentition and planning of full-mouth implant prosthetics 

  1. Analyse the removable and fixed options, indications and criteria for prosthetic choices 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of indications, advantages and disadvantages of digitally guided treatment 

  1. Sythensise the psychological assessment of patients and managing expectations and explaining treatment modalities 

Year three

Dissertation (Restorative Dentistry)

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 restorative dentistry

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


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)


Academic and Clinical Skills are assessed by a range of formative and summative assessment techniques including:

  • e-Portfolio of Clinical Learning 

  • Reflective Reports 

  • Case Discussions with Peers 

  • Essays  

  • Poster Presentations 

  • Oral Presentations  

  • Supervisory Meetings  

  • Dissertation 


The facilities at 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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What about after uni?

Graduates of this programme will already be working dentists in professional practice.

This course will extend your scope of practice by providing you with advanced skills in restorative dentistry. There is a large demand for this type of treatment from patients and therefore dentists need to be skilled in this specialised area of dentistry.



Career Links

ICE Postgraduate Dental Institute & Hospital 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.


What you need to know


This programme is aimed at dental practitioners who hold a GDC registrable dental degree.


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.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

This programme 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. 

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 

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 an e-portfolio and will be evaluated as part of the admission process. 


Alternative entry requirements

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).

How much?

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

1. Payment in full at online registration (£9,000 per year)

2. Payment by installments.

Type of study Year Fees
Part-time 2021/22 £4,500 per 30 credit module
Part-time 2022/23 £4,410 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Start Date(s): January/February 


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

Enrolment dates

September 2022

September 2023