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Implantology (MSc)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Full time

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Why study this course

This course is an academic and clinical programme leading to the award of an MSc in Implantology. In this programme, students treat patients provided for them under expert supervision. Students have the opportunity to participate in the full spectrum of contemporary implant practice where all forms of bone and soft-tissue grafting are undertaken.

This full-time Master’s course offers knowledge and expertise in the science and practice of implantology, from theoretical science through restorative treatment planning to clinical practice in the direct management of patients requiring fixed and removable implant-retained prostheses.

The course offers you the opportunity to explore and analyse existing and developing theories and concepts underpinning the field of implantology, and it can facilitate professional and personal growth through a wide range of educational and direct clinical experiences.

Distinctive features

Distinctive features of this course include:

  • High quality, interdisciplinary research environment
  • Excellent clinical and academic facilities

Accreditations

Where you'll study

School of Dentistry

We are the only dental school in Wales, providing unique and important leadership in dental research, teaching and patient care.

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Admissions criteria

The course is suitable for postgraduate dental students with a minimum 2:2 Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain an overall IELTS score of 7 (with a minimum sub score of 6.5 in each of the four sub sections). This test will need to have been taken within 2 years of commencement of study. Applicants are required to have achieved the IELTS test result prior to an application being submitted.

Selection to the Programme is through written application, meeting above entry criteria, receipt of two references (one must be academic, one must be clinical), and success at informal interview.

Application deadline: 31 December. Please note: interviews will be undertaken on a first come first served basis throughout the application period and offers made to suitable candidates.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

A diverse range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the MSc in Implantology. You will attend lectures, and participate in seminars, tutorials, and a clinical attachment. You will also be taught by visiting experts in the field.

All taught modules are compulsory and you will also undertake a laboratory-based or clinical research project and independent study to enable you to complete your dissertation.

How will I be assessed?

The four taught modules are assessed through the following in-course assessments:

  • Extended essays.
  • Grant writing assignments.
  • Oral presentations.
  • Poster presentations.
  • Statistical assignments.
  • Clinical workplace-based assessments in the key clinical surgical and restorative skills necessary to practice implantology.
  • Library and information skills assignments.

How will I be supported?

All modules make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Learning Central, on which you will find course materials and links to related materials. You will be supervised when undertaking your dissertation, and your supervisor will schedule regular meetings to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance, and give written feedback on a draft.

Opportunities to reflect on abilities and performance are made available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module and through scheduled meetings with personal tutors.

Feedback

You will receive written feedback on all assessments, in addition to oral feedback on assessed oral/poster presentations.

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging with this course, you should acquire and develop a range of valuable skills – those which are specific to implantology, as well as more generic ‘employability skills’ – including the ability to:

  • Demonstrate systematic understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of implantology and the need for integration of knowledge from different fields.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cellular/tissue alterations which occur during various disease states and ageing in humans.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the core principles of implantology and the supporting disciplines.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and biochemical techniques available for the assessment and development of tissue-engineered products for clinical use.
  • Critically evaluate knowledge at the forefront of a range of disciplines, such as stem cell biology, biomaterials, tissue/organ engineering and innovation.
  • Utilise knowledge and scientific evidence-based methods in the assessment and solution of challenges in the field of implantology.
  • Undertake and accurately perform various clinical and laboratory-based methodologies relevant to research into implantology.
  • Collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of ways, and identify means to gather new data where required.
Studying in Cardiff University for a year was an amazing experience. I had a chance to be guided by the most talented supervisors and helped by the most friendly colleagues. In addition, I took very interesting courses all relating to the Dental Implantology, Prosthodontic and also valuable laboratory and clinical skills. I was also able to operate in surgery and learn from all the supervisors. It was very lucky for me to have this splendid year.
Wenya, Implantology (MSc)

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£39,200£5,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

EU students entering in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£39,200£5,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment required

Career prospects

The Courses, the accredited CPD, the documented clinical skills and the scientific training (and skills acquired) will all support the development of the career of the individuals in hospital, specialist or family dental practices.

The qualification will also support the individual in future career  in the University sector.

Funding

Master's Excellence Scholarship

This award worth £3000 is open to UK and EU students intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

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