• For Entry: September 2016
  • Duration: 24 months
  • School: Dentistry
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Clinical training in, and study of Prosthodontics to prepare dentists for an academic career or specialist practise.

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.

MDSc Prosthodontics

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.


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.

Dundee Dental School

Originally inaugurated in 1916, we are at the forefront of research, teaching and clinical dental practice and benefits from working with our colleagues in medicine and nursing.

We perform consistently well in league tables for both research and teaching and are a top dental school in Scotland as noted in the Guardian University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide.

We have 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.

Prosthodontics students, 2015

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.

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.

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)

This course provides good preparation for the MFDS examination of the Royal Colleges but is not approved for eligibility to sit the MRD examination.

Year of Entry: 2016

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.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £34,650 per year of study
Rest of UK students £34,650 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £34,650 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £36,400 per year of study
Rest of UK students £36,400 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £36,400 per year of study
Deadline for applications - end of February for entry in September 2016.
All applications will be considered after the closing date and applicants will be contacted in March.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowProsthodontics MDScP037294

Course Contact

Dr Andrew Forgie
+44 (0)1382 381725