Endodontic Practice PG Dip

A part-time, two-year Postgraduate Diploma programme designed for dentists wishing to enhance their endodontic knowledge and clinical skills whilst continuing to work in practice.

Structure

The Endodontic Practice Postgraduate Diploma is a part-time degree programme taken over two years.

Students are able to exit the programme with either a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma in Endodontic Practice following completion of the relevant stages.

Year One: four taught modules, 60 credits, exit with Postgraduate Certificate.
Years Two: three taught modules, +60 credits, exit with Postgraduate Diploma.

Contact days

There are 26 contact days in Year One, including a compulsory induction and enrolment day  Teaching usually takes place on Thursdays and Fridays, two-to-three days per month.
There are 21 contact days in Year Two, comprising one clinical induction day, 18 clinical days and two examination days.  These are arranged in three blocks (dates TBC).

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, hands-on practical sessions and case conferences on practice-managed patients in the first year, followed by direct clinical supervision of patient management at the Eastman in the second year. Assessment is through coursework, literature review, log book, clinical case and oral presentations, MEQ and MCQ examination, case reports, audit project and oral examination.

Professor Kishor Gulabivala is the Programme Director.

Career enhancement

The programme is ideal for the general dental practitioner wishing to develop his or her practice in endodontics in order to improve job-satisfaction and be able to offer patients a higher level of care, and who may wish to work as a dentist with a special interest in Endodontics.

Modules

Year One

Level 1 Clinical Endodontics

15 credits.

Clinical sciences involving patient management, log-book cases and clinical case presentations and critiquing.

Assessed through log book (up to 1,000 words on four long cases, and one side of A$ on six short cases) and a 15 minute oral examination.

Level 1 Endodontics Sciences

15 credits.

Endodontic sciences delivered through structured lecture/tutorial series.

Assessed through two open-book essays (2,000 words each) and a 15 minute oral examination.

Level 1 Practical Endodontics

15 credits.

Mentored hands-on skills-laboratory training on a variety of techniques.

Assessed through a 250 word log book exercise and a 20 minute oral presentation.

Level 2 Practical Endodontics

15 credits.

Mentored hands-on skills-laboratory training on a variety of techniques.

Assessed through a 250 word log book exercise and a 20 minute oral presentation.

Year Two

Generalist skills

15 credits.

Generalist skills acquired through an online and computer based training.  Supervised audit in the student's practice.

Assessed through an audit project report (1,500 words) and a 45 minute MCQ examination.

Special Interest Skills -  Endodontic Surgery and Trauma Management

15 credits.

Development of clinical skills in endodontics through completion of clinical cases within the students' own practice (distance monitored through log book) as well as in the supervised clinical environment at UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

Assessed through clinical case log (full treatment record for two cases, up to 1,000 words each, including a surgical case and endodontic management of traumatic dento-alveolar injury, plus four log summaries of simple surgery or endodontic management of traumatic dento-alveolar injuries), a 90 minute modified essay question paper examination and a 15 minute oral examination.

Special Interest Skills -  Pulp Therapy, Primary Root Canal Treatment and Endodontic Retreatment

30 credits.
Development of clinical skills in endodontics through completion of clinical cases within the students' own practice (distance monitored through log book) as well as in the supervised clinical environment at UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

Assessed through clinical case log (full treatment record for four cases, up to 1,000 words each, including primary and secondary root canal treatment and vital pulp therapy, plus 35 log summaries of treatment on primary or secondary cases – suggested mix: 18 primary cases [vital pulpectomy vs periapical lesions : 50:50], 13 secondary cases and four cases involving vital pulp therapy), a 90 minute modified essay question paper examination and a 15 minute oral examination.

Application deadline

To start the programme in September 2015, complete your application by 26 June 2015.

Fees

Tuition fees are set each year, so subsequent years will be subject to increases.  Current fees are:

PG Dip (two years part-time)

  UK/EU students Overseas students
Year One
£15,660 £22,760
Year Two
£15,660 £22,760

Payment is taken each year in two parts.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate dental qualification (i.e. BDS, or equivalent from a recognised institution) and have a minimum of two years experience post-qualification.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that they meet the required standard by either having recently passed one of the UCL recognised English language tests at the 'good' level, or through work or education experience in English.

Applicants must have full and current registration with the UK General Dental Council (or EU equivalent) and to be in practice with access to patients for the duration of the programme.

Students must have appropriate permission to study in the UK.  The UK Home Office does not provide visas for part-time programmes over six months in length.

How to apply

Applicants should apply online through UCL's online application system.  Before doing so, please ensure you have reviewed the above information and have the correct documentation ready.

References

Applicants are required to submit the contact details (address and email address) of two appropriate referees. One must be academic and the other should be an employer or colleague. Referees may not be family members or friends.

Once you have submitted your application, each referee will be contacted by email and supplied with a link to a webpage to which they should upload their reference.

Your application will remain incomplete until all references have been received. You can monitor the status of your application online and resend the reference request emails or change your referee contact details if necessary. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all references are received by the application deadline.

Upload supporting documentation

As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload various documents.

CV Applicants must provide a clear, current and accurate copy of their CV.
Transcript Applicants must provide a copy of their current full GDC registration certificate.
Transcript 2 Graduates of non-UK institutions will need to provide a scanned copy of their academic transcripts or degree certificate.
English Language Test Applicants whose first language is not English need to provide their UCL-approved English language certification.

What happens next

After you have submitted your application online, and once your references and have been received, your application will be considered by the Programme Director.  The outcome will be communicated to you informally via email by Institute Admissions as soon as possible (normally within three weeks of your references being received.)

If your application has been successful, University Admissions will then issue a formal offer letter confirming your fee status and specifying a deadline by which you must confirm acceptance.  If your offer is conditional, you will be given a deadline by which you must meet the condition.

Contacts

Yvette Ayton-George
Programme Administrator
y.ayton-george@ucl.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7905 1234
For any further information about the content of the programme.
Institute Admissions edi-admissions@ucl.ac.uk
+44(0)20 3456 1092
For help with the application process, including entry requirements.
University Admissions admissions@ucl.ac.uk For queries about visas, immigration and fees.

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