This is an established and popular modular course in fixed and removable prosthodontics and is suitable for dentists contemplating an academic career or to improve your clinical practice.
You will develop enhanced skills and understanding of the scientific basis and practice of prosthodontics so that you become competent in the diagnosis and treatment of more complex problems.
Status: Applications are now closed for September 2012 entry. As this is a two-year course, there is only an intake every second year and so the next intake will be in September 2014. Applications for 2014 will open during October 2013, and this date will be notified on this web site.
Why study Prosthodontics at Dundee?
This course will help you build upon the skills you earned in your dental undergraduate course and develop these skills in a clinical environment.
The staff teaching this course are experienced in diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function in patients with a range of dental problems. You will receive close supervision and support when treating patients throughout the course. All clinical facilities, equipment and materials are provided.
What's so good about Prosthodontics at Dundee?
The School of Dentistry at the University of Dundee is based in the Dental School and Hospital and is located on the University's city campus. The Dental School, which was inaugurated in 1916, is at the forefront of research, teaching and clinical dental practice and benefits from being an integral part of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.
The Dental School performs consistently well in league tables for both research and teaching. The University of Dundee Dental School is a top UK dental school as noted in the Guardian University Guide 2011 and The Complete University Guide.
The Dental School has a reputation as a supportive and nurturing environment which gives students the opportunity to fulfil their aspirations to achieve excellence clinically and academically.
Who should study this course?
This course is suitable for dentists contemplating an academic career or preparing for specialist practice.
Teaching & Assessment
This course is taught by staff in the School of Dentistry.
The course is two years long and begins every second year, in September (2012, 2014 etc), and finishes at the end of June in the second year. Teaching follows the European week, i.e. Mondays to Fridays inclusive.
How you will be taught
Students will attend lectures, seminars and laboratory demonstrations. Students will treat patients under supervision on two half days per week, and carry out some of the laboratory work as advised by course tutors. More than one module may be taught concurrently and clinical work will be undertaken on regular sessions throughout the course.
Provision will be made for personal study time throughout the course and students are expected to make good use of this time to prepare for the assessments and to read widely on the subject of prosthodontics.
What you will study
Every candidate for the Degree shall be required to undertake the prescribed course of study and submit a dissertation. Candidates will be required to present themselves for examination, including oral examination.
The various aspects of fixed prosthodontics will be performed on a phantom head before proceeding to the clinic as it is considered important to thoroughly revise techniques to ensure a high standard of clinical work. This includes endodontics, post preparation, core build-ups and preparations for inlays, crowns, bridges and resin-retained bridges.
There are eight modules, all of which must be completed satisfactorily, together with a research project. The modules and their associated SCQF (the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) credits are as follows:
- Introductory module (20 credits)
- Radiology Decontamination and infection control
- Communication and IT skills
- Clinical photography
- Dental caries - diagnosis and management
- Periodontal disease - diagnosis and management
- Treatment planning in Restorative Dentistry
- Health care law and administration
- Complete dentures (20 credits)
- Partial dentures (20 credits)
- Operative and adhesive dentistry (20 credits)
- Endodontics (20 credits)
- Laboratory-fabricated restorations (20 credits)
- Applied dental materials (20 credits)
- Dentistry for the elderly (10 credits)
- Dissertation, including research methods and basic statistics (30 credits)
How you will be assessed
Assessment will be comprised of a one-hour written short-answer examination for each taught module. Reports of four cases treated by the candidate will be presented to the external examiner at the final examination at the end of the course.
Students carry out a research project related to fixed and removable prosthodontics or dental materials and produce a typed and bound dissertation. This will include a critical review of the literature. It is anticipated that the proportion of time spent on the research project should be approximately 25% of the course.
The results of the module assessments and the logbook of clinical activity will be scrutinised by the examiners.
All components will carry equal weighting and candidates must achieve a pass in all examination.
This course provides good preparation for the MFDS examination of the Royal Colleges but is not approved for eligibility to sit the MRD examination.
Candidates must have a degree in dentistry and must have at least two years clinical experience following graduation.
As this is a clinical course, your level of English is highly important.
English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5, with minimum of 6.0 in the Writing component and a preferred 6.0 in the other three components (no component below 5.5) (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.
It is essential that applicants can certify that they are not carriers of Hepatitis B. If applicants arrive without a certificate, they will be tested and if found positive they will be excluded from the course, even if they have already matriculated. It is also mandatory that clinical postgraduate students are immunised against Hepatitis B before beginning clinical work and have proof that the immunisation has been successful.
Fees and Funding
Sources of Funding
The School of Dentistry is not currently offering any school scholarships.
Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.
- Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
- Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
- As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.
Course ContactDr M.F. Lyons
Dundee Dental Hospital and School
University of Dundee
Telephone: 01382 381637 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 381637 (from outside the UK)
Admissions ContactPostgraduate Admissions
Admissions and Student Recruitment
University of Dundee
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