• For Entry: September 2018
  • 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.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

Prosthodontics

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.

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

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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:

60 credits

  • Literature search, research methods and basic statistics
  • A 10,000 to 15,000 word dissertation on fixed and removable prosthodontics or dental materials.
  • An opportunity to develop research skills and the ability to critically read the literature relevant to the topic

20 credits

This module comprises a didactic teaching on the following topics:

  • 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.

25 credits

This module comprises of laboratory and clinical courses, and review of literature on the following topics:

  • The recording of a history and examination of an edentulous patient
  • The examination of existing dentures and diagnosis of faults
  • Retention
  • Impression techniques
  • Occlusal vertical dimension and jaw registration
  • Pattern of bone change following tooth loss
  • Anatomy of the denture-bearing areas
  • Occlusal schemes
  • Complete denture aesthetics
  • The single complete denture
  • The replica technique
  • Complete denture complaints and the difficult patient
  • Rehabilitation and non-surgical preparation of the mouth
  • Pre-prosthetic surgery
  • Relining, rebasing and repairs
  • An overview of implant systems
  • The value of the lower implant-supported over-denture.

25 credits

This module comprises of laboratory and clinical courses and review of literature on the following topics:

  • Patient and operator safety
  • Pain and pain control
  • Cavity preparation design principles
  • Composite and amalgam restorations in the treatment of occlusal and proximal surfaces
  • Tooth wear
  • Discoloration of teeth.

15 credits

Literature review on the following topics:

  • Microleakage and its sequelae
  • Effects on the pulp of operative procedures and materials.
  • Preparation of the root canal
  • Obturation of the root canal
  • Heated gutta percha techniques.
  • Outcomes of root canal treatment
  • Vital and non-vital tooth bleaching
  • Endodontic-periodontic relationships.

Clinical Skills Laboratory Course:

  • Endodontic treatment of a single rooted tooth
  • Endodontic treatment of a multi-rooted tooth
  • Use of engine-driven instruments
  • Crown-down root canal preparation
  • The correct use of apex locators.

25 credits

This module comprises of laboratory, clinical skills laboratory and clinical courses and review of literature on the following topics:

  • Impression techniques and soft tissue management.
  • Temporary and provisional restorations.
  • The use of root canal posts
  • Methods of building a core
  • Bridge design
  • Resin bonded bridges
  • Metal-free restorations
  • Repair of failed restorations
  • Dentine bonded crowns
  • Principles of occlusion
  • Articulators
  • Registration of occlusion
  • Custom incisal guidance tables
  • The hinge axis and the facebow
  • Diagnostic wax-ups 

Clinical Skills Laboratory Course:

  • Crowns: full gold crown, metal ceramic crowns, ¾ crown, dentine bonded
  • Bridges: conventional and resin retained, fixed-movable
  • Veneers
  • Inlays/onlays
  • Restoration of the endodontically treated tooth
  • Temporary restorations

25 credits

This module comprises of laboratory and clinical courses and review of literature on the following topics:

  • The recording of a history and examination of a partially dentate patient
  • The examination of existing partial dentures and diagnosis of faults
  • Retention of partial dentures
  • Impression techniques for partial dentures
  • Surveying of casts
  • The free-end saddle situation, including RPI and altered cast technique
  • Design of acrylic partial dentures
  • Design of cobalt-chrome partial dentures
  • Partial dentures and periodontal considerations
  • Relining, rebasing and repairs of partial dentures
  • Types of attachments available
  • The indications for and the use of attachments

15 credits

  • Update on all materials used routinely within restorative dentistry

30 credits

This module comprises of laboratory and clinical courses, and review of literature on the following topics:

  • Clinical treatment of patients
  • Diagnostic wax-ups
  • Methods of restoring the worn dentition
  • CAD/CAM restorations and digital impression-taking
  • The management of bruxism
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Snoring and sleep apnoea
  • The management of temporomandibular disorders
  • Occlusal splints

And

  • Compilation of a logbook.
  • Reflection in clinical practise.
  • On-going and detailed discussions of treatment planning.

This course provides good preparation for the MFDS examination of the Royal Colleges but is not approved for eligibility to sit the MRD examination. On completion of this course students may consider an academic career or specialised clinical practice.

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 7.0
Listening 6.5
Reading 6.5
Writing 6.5
Speaking 6.5

 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.

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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.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students Course does not run in 2017. Fees for 2018 to be confirmed but will be no less than £34,650 per year of study.
Rest of UK students Course does not run in 2017. Fees for 2018 to be confirmed but will be no less than £34,650 per year of study.
Overseas students (non-EU) Course does not run in 2017. Fees for 2018 to be confirmed but will be no less than £34,650 per year of study.
Applications can be made from May 2017 on UKPASS for the next entry in September 2018.

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 MDScP060464

Course Contact

Dr Ryan Olley
Dentistry
MDSC-Prosthodontics-dentistry@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 381725