- Duration: 1 year
- Mode: Full time
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.
Varied clinical experiences
You’ll participate in the full spectrum of contemporary implant practice where all forms of bone and soft-tissue grafting are undertaken.
Hands-on practical skills
You’ll have direct management of patients requiring fixed and removable implant retained prostheses with expert supervision in a friendly environment.
Join a top 10 Dental School
We are ranked in the Top 10 for Dentistry by the Complete University Guide 2024 based on student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects.
University Dental Hospital
Our School is located in a working hospital, where there are approximately 100,000 patient contacts per year. Next door you'll find 100 acres of parkland and playing fields, and the vibrant city centre is a walkable two-mile distance away.
This one-year, full-time modular programme is designed to provide students from a professional dental background with an extensive understanding of the science and clinical practice of implantology.
You’ll study the scientific background of implantology and progress through restorative treatment planning into implant surgery. Having direct management of patients requiring fixed and removable implant-retained prostheses and will start seeing your own patients in the first month of the programme. The course will facilitate your professional and personal growth through a wide range of educational and direct clinical experiences, designed to be the most suitable combination of skills for the practice of dental implantology.
This is a modular programme consisting of four taught core modules (Part One) and a dissertation (Part Two). In Part One, each module is credit-rated at 30 M-level credits. The modules are Research Methodologies, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Restorative Dentistry and Implantology, delivered concurrently over a 26-week period.
Following satisfactory completion of the assessed course work and examinations in Part One, you will go on to Part Two of the course; the dissertation. You will be required to complete and submit a clinically or laboratory-based research project (60 credits) to obtain a Master’s degree in Implantology. To be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Restorative Dental Practice, you must have completed modules one and three of the course, which will give you the knowledge, intellectual, practical and transferable skills appropriate to a qualification in Restorative Dental Practice and its practical application.
The modules that are studied will be taught through lectures, seminars and project-based learning, as well as extensive clinical teaching. Clinical, practical and academic skills will be assessed throughout this course using both summative and formative assessments. Summative or more formal examinations will be taken at the end of Part One of the programme before proceeding to the dissertation element.
Our teaching is at the forefront of dental education, clinical training and research, and you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from leaders in their respective fields. You’ll have access to some of the finest clinical, educational and research facilities of the top UK Dental School in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
All of this takes place within a friendly, supportive and professional environment within the University Dental Hospital and School in Cardiff, where we do everything we can to ensure you have the very best experience and achieve your academic and clinical goals.
In order to be considered for an offer for this programme you will need to meet all of the entry requirements. Your application will not be progressed if the information and evidence listed is not provided.
With your online application you will need to provide:
- A copy of your degree certificate and transcripts which show you have achieved a primary dental qualification (BDS/DDS or equivalent).
- An academic reference which demonstrates your suitability for the programme. References should be signed and dated.
- A clinical reference to evidence 2 years’ full-time equivalent post-qualification experience. References should be signed, dated and less than six months old at the time you submit your application.
- An up-to-date CV which details your full education and work history.
- Evidence that you are a registered dental practitioner such as a professional registration record or certificate.
- A personal statement which describes your clinical experience, and a statement of understanding that you agree to comply with the University’s and Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust’s Occupational Health clearance including Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP).
English language requirements
The English language requirement for this programme is set by the regulatory body, the General Dental Council (GDC). In line with GDC guidelines, acceptable English language evidence includes:
- IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with 6.5 in all subskills;
- A primary dental qualification which has been taught (in its entirety) in a country on the UKVI list of exceptions and is no more than 2 years old prior to the start of the programme;
- A pass in a language test for registration with a regulatory authority in a country where the first language is English, no longer than 2 years prior to the start of the programme;
- Evidence of 2 years’ experience of practising in a country where the first language is English.
If you provide evidence other than those listed above, it must meet the criteria set out by the GDC (ie; the evidence must be robust, recent and readily verifiable by the GDC).
You must meet the English language requirement at the point you submit your application, pending tests are not accepted.
The application deadline is 31 December 2023 for entry in September 2024. If you submit an application after this date, we will only consider it if places are still available.
We will review your application and if you meet the entry requirements, we will invite you to an interview. Following interview, offers will be made to the highest scoring candidates.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
You will be required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check if your application is successful. If you are applying from certain countries overseas, a Certificate of Good Conduct may be required.
If you have a relevant criminal conviction, this will be stated in the check and may affect your ability to enrol on the course. Applicants who are on the barred list should be aware that applying to this course is likely to be considered a criminal offence.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2024/25 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2024.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Concepts in Restorative Dentistry and their Applications to Dental Implantology||DET004||30 credits|
|Cellular and Molecular Biology||DET028||30 credits|
|Research Methods||DET031||30 credits|
|Dissertation Implantology||DET029||60 credits|
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.
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.
Tuition fees for 2024 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Fees for home status
Fees for entry 2024/25 are not yet available.
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2024/25 academic year.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the postgraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2024/25 academic year.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
No specific equipment required
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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.
HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.