Advanced General Dental Practice MSc (Distance Learning)

Applications are now open for the October 2014 start.

This international online Masters programme from the School of Dentistry is specially designed for primary dental care providers who want to advance their clinical skills and knowledge, with the primary objective of enhancing the quality of their patient care. With 13 years of experience in successfully delivering this course on our campus, it is now available as an online distance learning programme, making it easier to fit in with the lives of busy practitioners both in the UK and all over the world.

Please note, if you wish to apply for the October 2014 start date, select the academic year 2014/15.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Distance learning, taught

Study Options: Part time

Duration: 2 years, flexible.

Start date: October

Details

This international online Masters programme is designed for primary dental care providers who want to advance their clinical skills and knowledge, with the primary objective of enhancing the quality of their patient care.

The objectives of the programme are:

  • To provide you with the opportunity to enhance your clinical knowledge, insight and expertise in areas directly relating to your practice
  • To enhance the quality of care provided to your patients
  • To provide a base for enjoyable personal professional development
  • To improve your employability in a highly competitive job market
  • To provide support for achieving other qualifications - ORE, MFDS, FFGDP, MJDF etc

Why study this course

This distance learning programme was designed by the School of Dentistry's Times Higher Award winning e-learning team to offer you a distance course that feels like a campus course, giving you personal contact with your professors and your fellow students, and all the benefits you would expect from one of the UK's top universities. A unique aspect of the programme is to provide you with your own phantom head jaws, equipment and teaching materials, allowing you to refine your practical skills and learn new techniques across a wide range of operative procedures in conservative dentistry, endodontics, periodontology and fixed prosthetics.

Additional Benefits

  • Personal 24/7 access to one of the world's most advanced online dental education platforms
  • Free online access to journals and text books from the University of Birmingham's dental and medical libraries
  • 24/7 access to online lectures and resources from renowned experts in every dental speciality 
  • Free access to www.dentaljuce.com, the 24/7 verifiable e-learning library
  • Free access to School of Dentistry's award-winning ecourse www.dentistry.bham.ac.uk/ecourse 
  • One-to-one online advice and guidance in dental photography via www.dentalphotographyinpractice.com 
  • The opportunity to interact online with peers from around the world

Modules

Please note: programmes evolve continually to keep them up to date so please check the website regularly for any changes

Fees and funding

2014/15 course fee

Full MSc fee £15900, payable in instalments

Fee includes:

  • All study resources and materials
  • Accommodation and tuition fees for the two residential courses
  • Your own Kavo phantom head jaws to produce a portfolio of practical work

Entry requirements

  • You must have a primary degree in dental surgery or equivalent qualification.
  • Two references from professional colleagues.
  • You will need to be currently delivering clinical care for patients that will provide a range of procedures for case reports on which some assessments are based.

Learn more about entry requirements

International students:

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Foreign nationals who are registered with the UK General Dental Council do not have to undertake English tests.

How to apply

Please note, if you wish to apply for the October 2014 start date, select the academic year 2014/15.

Learning and teaching

The programme will contain two residential weeks based in Birmingham (one week per year), and will allow you to receive direct hands-on tuition from some of the world's most experienced dental educators. You will use the brand new £1 million simulation suite at the School of Dentistry. Accommodation on the University's delightful campus and a full programme of social activities are included in the price of your Masters degree course.

Students will design and carry out an audit project with academic support from specialists relevant to their chosen subject. Also, in addition to clinical studies, Masters students will carry out a series of chair-side simulated practical procedures of their choosing, using the latest contemporary materials and equipment and following online step-by-step technique guides unique to this programme.

Feedback from many online courses confirms that students need to have direct access to real people who respond quickly and authoritatively to enquiries and requests.

"The key to successful distance learning is to not feel the distance."

Therefore you will have a personal named advisor for both your dental studies and for your general requirements as a fully enrolled student at the University of Birmingham. Your academic advisors will be highly experienced and qualified dentists from the Birmingham School of Dentistry.

Using email, telephone, Skype, and web-based discussions you will be able to communicate directly with your teachers, course administrators, and your fellow students.

 

What the students say

We have collected some comments from our current students so you can see what they think about the programme and how they have found the distance learning aspect:

It certainly makes a distance learning course feel close to home.

Student quotes - general course comments

Student quotes - residential week comments

Assessment methods

The programme is divided into eight study modules and each module will be assessed via a series of case reports and presentations that will serve a dual purpose for patient and peer education in practice.

Employability

The MSc Advanced General Dental Practice programme is a Masters degree taught and accredited by the University of Birmingham, and is an excellent addition to your Curriculum Vitae (CV) when seeking new job opportunities. It proves that you have an advanced level of knowledge and skill in your chosen profession, that you have a commitment to improving the quality of your patient care, and that you understand the business aspects of General Dental Practice. These are all important qualities to potential employers.

If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), please note that the MSc Advanced General Dental Practice in itself does not give you a licence to work in the UK.

For enquiries about working in the UK, please consult the UK General Dental Council.