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The course aims to develop confident senior dental practitioners in the theory and safe practice of treatment in oral implantology.

Summary

The course aims to develop confident senior practitioners who are able to undertake effective evidence-based practice. It also aims to equip practitioners with appropriate skills to safely practice in modern implant dentistry. The programme aims are to:

  • Provide unbiased teaching in the theory and practice of implant dentistry

  • Create opportunities for personal and professional development

  • Contribute to the research base of implantology and to encourage research practitioners

  • Promote implant dentistry as a safe and practical method of treating edentulism

  • Produce safe, competent and reflective practitioners

  • Appraise levels of competency.

  • Additionally, the Programme aims to promote an understanding of the different requirements essential to the provision of ethical, predictable and evidence based treatments in the areas of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

For further details please visit the College website at www.comd.org.uk

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About

The Oral Implantology Master of Science course is intended for dental practitioners wishing to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical clinical skills of treatment planning, surgical placement, restoration and maintenance of dental implants. The course has been designed to allow you to gain treatment planning experience and surgical skills within a supervised environment. You will be taught by the most advanced dentistry education experts, and will ensure you receive a well-rounded and robust education through in-depth seminars, interactive problem-based scenarios, and clinical training to achieve highest level of patient satisfaction and proficiency to deliver implant treatment.The programme starts by delivering teaching on treatment planning and surgical skills in oral implantology. Students will also gain practical and clinical skills in oral implantology.

As the programme continues, students will acquire advanced knowledge of bone grafting, occlusion, digital implantology and management of failing implants.

Throughout the programme students will gain competency in research methodology skills, and will submit a final dissertation at the end of the programme.

For further details please visit the College website at comd.org.uk

Our Dentistry programmes are delivered in partnership between Ulster University and the College of Dentistry, Birmingham. By applying to one of our Dentistry programmes you will be consenting to the personal information you provide in your application being shared between Ulster University and College of Dentistry for the purposes of processing your application.

Attendance

This full-time programme is delivered at the College of Dentistry in Birmingham.

The programme is delivered over 2 years, with 3 semesters of study each year.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The programme is multi-modular, and all modules have to be completed to progress through the programme. Students must complete all the modules on the programme and the programme does not offer any optional modules. However, the sequence of modules in a given academic year is flexible and not fixed.

Teaching will include lectures, seminars, practical interactive workshops and training on phantom heads and simulated models.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Introduction to Oral Implantology - Surgical Skills

Year: 1

The module will prepare the student to understand the principles of surgical assessment and treatment and the risks associated with it.

Treatment Planning

Year: 1

The module will prepare the student to understand the principles of surgical assessment and treatment and the risks associated with it.

Practical and Clinical Skills in Oral Implantology I

Year: 1

The module will prepare the student to understand the principles of implant patient assessment and treatment and the risks associated with it.

Research Methodology I

Year: 1

This module will give students the required knowledge to be able to design a research proposal. This is a comprehensive module covering clinical statistics, evidence based practice, critical appraisal, research design, and explores their specific application in dental research and treatment. It also enables students to identify and access the information they need in the dental literature, reading it from a critical viewpoint, and applying rules to assess the validity of methodology and conclusions.

Year two

Advanced Implantology - Bone Grafting

Year: 2

The module will prepare the student to understand the principles of surgical assessment and treatment and the risks associated with it of bone grafting and sinus elevation.

Advanced Implantology - Occlusion

Year: 2

The module will prepare the student to understand the principles of occlusion in implant dentistry assessment and treatment and the risks associated with it.

Practical and Clinical Skills in Oral Implantology II

Year: 2

The module will prepare the student to understand and treat implant cases and understand the risks associated with it.

Research Methodology II

Year: 2

This module will give students the required knowledge to be able to design a research protocol. This is a comprehensive module covering enhanced knowledge and skills on clinical statistics, evidence based practice, critical appraisal, research design, and explores their specific application in dental research and treatment. It also enables students to efficiently identify and access the information they need in the dental literature, reading it from a critical viewpoint, and applying rules and measurements to assess the validity of methodology and conclusions.

Year three

Digital Implantology

Year: 3

The module will prepare the student to understand the principles of digital dentistry and it's applications in every day implant practice.

Advanced Implantology III - Management of Failing Implants

Year: 3

The module will prepare the student to understand the principles of failing implants and its treatment.

Practical and Clinical Skills in Oral Implantology III

Year: 3

The module will prepare the student to understand and treat implant cases and understand the risks associated with it.

Research Dissertation

Year: 3

This module will give students the required knowledge to be able to complete all elements of a research dissertation on postgraduate level 7 attainment. This is a comprehensive module covering advanced knowledge and skills on biostatistics, evidence based practice, critical appraisal, research design, and explores their specific application in dental research and treatment. It also enables students to efficiently identify and access the information they need in the dental literature, reading it from a critical viewpoint, and applying rules and measurements to assess the validity of methodology and conclusions.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a degree of at least 2ii Honours standard or equivalent or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning. In addition, applicants must:

a) have gained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), or equivalent, or other approved qualification in a cognate area;

b) for those residing outside the UK, be currently registered within their profession within their own country and have access to an appropriate patient base to facilitate study;

c) or those practising on patients in the College#:

  • be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC)
  • provide evidence of good health
  • provide evidence of Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance or equivalent

and

d) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GSCE grade C or equivalent) or for international students, a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with no band score under 5.5 or equivalent English language examinations and tests;

and

e) provide two satisfactory references, one of which must be an academic reference.

# Criterion c) is only for those who are practising on patients in the college. If an applicant cannot meet criterion c) then they can undertake the courses but would not practice on patients – their practice would be simulation-based.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to the standard entry criteria, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Completion of this programme will upskill dental practitioners in the dental specialism and should enhance employability and career progression within this specialist field.

Work placement / study abroad

Students who are GDC registered will have placements within the College Dental Institute during the programme.

Students who are non-GDC registered will be able to attend these placements, however they will only be able to observe treatments being delivered.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Scholarships, awards and prizes

The Dental Clinic Portishead is delighted launch a scholarship scheme, which aims to showcase everything you can do to preserve your pearly whites.

The winner of our competition will receive £1,000 to help with the costs of higher education.

Link: https://www.dentalclinicportishead.co.uk/scholarships/
Email: portishead.scholarships@gmail.com
Fee: Free to apply
Deadline: 10th August 2019

Contact

Enquiries should be made to Loji Thebe E: l.thebe@comd.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)121 345 9847

For more information visit

Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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