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A primary dental qualification (such as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery), or its international equivalent, plus a minimum of two years' postgraduate experience in primary dental care.
Online / Distance Learning Course

This part-time, online modular programme provides masters-level education for primary care clinicians, with a particular emphasis on restorative dentistry.

The structure of the degree is designed to meet the needs of dental practitioners from all over the world.

The programme develops your ability to take an evidence-based approach to clinical practice and to assess and provide quality primary dental care.

Each course will run over a period of six or twelve weeks (depending on the credits) with participation in online discussions and completion of timed tasks being a compulsory part of the process.

The programme is supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE) and all the educational material is available online. Coursework for assessment is uploaded to the site and there is an active student discussion board available alongside tutor-led discussions. All of the modules provide continuous assessment.

Maintenance of a portfolio of evidence is an essential component of assessment. Students are strongly encouraged to include a reflective element and to maintain a personal journal.

There is a significant commitment of time required to complete this programme and applicants should be aware that they will be required to take part in weekly tutorials and discussions. It is estimated that between 15-20 hours of clinical time and personal study will be required each week.

You may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level.

Year 1 (certificate) and Year 2 (diploma) courses include:

  • Introduction to Clinical Evidence
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Direct Restorations
  • Dental Clinic Management
  • Occlusal Management of the Restored Natural Dentition
  • Endodontics in Primary Dental Care
  • Periodontal Management in Primary Dental Care
  • Indirect Restorations
  • Restoration of the Edentulous Space

In Year 3 (masters), you will complete a research dissertation and carry out clinical case reports.

An annual summer school will be run in the Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute to reinforce the clinical-skills coaching element of the teaching.

Please visit our programme website for the most up to date fees




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