For a century, the dental hygienist has played an increasingly important role within the dental team. Personalised primary prevention, treatment in the presence of disease, followed by secondary prevention provided or facilitated by the dental hygienist means better oral health: lower levels of decay, periodontitis, tooth loss and as a result, improved systemic health. As a healthcare professional, dental hygienists are well positioned enhance their knowledge and skills through lifelong learning to fulfill leadership roles in clinical practice, community care, education and commercial industry.
Our new Dental Hygiene MSc programme allows currently practicing dental hygienists to gain further in-depth understanding of theoretical, physiological and pathological aspects of oral diseases management in a variety of diverse patient profiles.
It will enable evidence based assessments to be made applying them to clinical decision-making using state of the art techniques. Furthermore, it will serve to enhance professional confidence and leadership skills through group project work, encouraging teamwork and management skills. This in turn will equip the Dental Hygienist to consider alternate employment settings such as allied healthcare leadership or teaching posts..
There are multiple exit points (Certificate/ Diploma) for qualifying students who are not able to complete the whole MSc qualification.
Dental Hygiene MSc
This three -year, part-time degree is designed as a blended learning programme delivered mainly online with practical skills lab work and group exercises delivered at the Institute*. The bulk of the practical assessment shall be evaluating patient notes that students make from their current work practice.
* Nb.For those starting this September, class of 2019/20, the residential weeks will be held 21-25 October 2019 and 24-28 February 2020.
The academic teaching facilities comprise of four fully equipped seminar rooms; three skills laboratories with a total of 50 individual work stations, each with its own phantom head equipment and computer screen linked to a teaching station; five well equipped surgeries (with microscopes) for clinical sessions and an open space where peer groups can meet to discuss cases, the day’s teaching and reflections on the impact on practice.
The Programme welcomes visits and enquiries from prospective students. Please email the Programme Administrator for more information.