Special Care Dentistry MSc
This MSc provides relevant education and training to meet the oral health care needs and demands of persons with special needs. A key feature of the programme is the opportunity to discuss the care of patients with complex disease and learn of the latest appropriate dental health care methods.
What will I learn?
The programme provides a detailed understanding of the common systemic disorders likely to be of implication for routine dental care, alongside an understanding of the appropriate management and the ability to undertake clinical investigations (phlebotomy, biopsy, cranial nerve assessment) for patients with systemic disease likely to complicate dental treatment.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Eastman is a major centre of excellence, at the forefront of evidence-based clinical service, research and development, and education in the oral health care sciences. It is the largest academic postgraduate dental centre in Europe, and has a world-wide reputation for its specialist training delivered through clinically intensive postgraduate programmes.
Students on this MSc programme benefit from a friendly, welcoming staff, a comprehensive education portfolio, first-class facilities for both education and research which provide unique, seamless training in specialist dentistry, and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques which ensures experience of managing complex clinical problems.
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in the submission of a dissertation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, journal clubs and clinics organised by many of the scientists and clinicians of the Institute and allied hospital. Assessment is through practical, clinical and oral examinations, written papers (MCQ, MSA and essays), internal graduate appraisal and the dissertation.
Entry and application
All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and normally have a minimum of two years' clinical experience.
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 previous work or education experience in English. See English Language Qualification page for full details.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications for this programme is 11 January for the year of entry. However, late applications may be considered after this date. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Students applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is directed towards dentally qualified clinicians who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in Special Care Dentistry to become a competent practitioner in the field within and outside the United Kingdom.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- why you want to study Special Care Dentistry at graduate level
- what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
- what is your source of funding and is this something you have applied for already
- what is your previous experience of Special Care Dentistry
- what is your after completion of this masters degree and how do you expect this qualification to help you
Successful graduates of this programme have progressed to:
- Entry to the GDC specialist list in Special Care dentistry
- Senior Academic appointments in Special Care dentistry in Europe, South America and New Zealand
- Senior clinicians within UK Special Care Dental services
- The establishment of new Special Care dentistry units
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