Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) (MClinDent)
- Duration: 3 years
- Mode: Full time
Why study this course
Designed to aid in developing evidence based practice and develop advanced clinical skills to enable you to become a mono-specialist in Endodontology or fixed and removable Prosthodontics.
The MClinDent (Prosthodontics) course is a full-time three year specialist training programme. It has been designed to enhance student life-long learning skills, aid in developing evidence-based practice, develop advanced clinical skills to enable you to become a mono-specialist in Prosthodontics, and facilitate further career development.
You will study 10 taught modules as well as a dissertation module based on your own research project.
By fully engaging in this course, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate an unbiased, systematic and critical appraisal of contemporary knowledge, and an awareness of current problems and/or new insights, many of which are informed by the latest advances in Restorative Dentistry.
- Be capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas in Restorative Dentistry often in the absence of complete data, be able to communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to other specialist colleagues and non-specialist audiences, and engage in critical dialogue about clinical management in Restorative Dentistry.
- Read, understand and critically appraise relevant scientific and clinical literature.
- Formulate a hypothesis, plan and implement an appropriate project to test the hypothesis and report the findings of the project in the appropriate format.
- Evaluate psychological aspects relevant to restorative dentistry.
- Execute simple and complex treatment procedures.
- Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams and treatment of compromised patients, such as cleft lip and palate and tooth anomalies, such as hypodontia.
- Understand the relevance of underlying social, dental and medical factors that may influence the uptake compliance and outcome of treatment.
- Be familiar with all aspects of clinical governance (clinical, corporate, research) and conduct of professional care.
The course will prepare you to take the Membership in Restorative Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – MRDRCS(Ed) – at the end of the programme.
Candidates must satisfy the requirements of Cardiff University General Entrance Requirement and, in addition:
- Hold a primary dental qualification (BDS/DDS or equivalent) plus additional postgraduate clinical experience.
- Have a minimum of two years’ clinical experience post qualification.
- Meet Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust requirements to hold an Honorary Clinical Contract (Occupational Health clearance including Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP) and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance (Enhanced).
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.
On acceptance of a place a non-refundable deposit will be required.
PLEASE NOTE: This course is currently only available to International students
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 7.0 with 6.5 in each subskill no more than 2 years prior to the start of the programme, or
- Evidence of a primary dental qualification that has been taught and examined in English achieved no more than 2 years prior to the start of the programme, or
- Evidence of a pass in a language test for registration with a regulatory authority in a country where the first language is English 2 years prior to the start of the programme, Or
- 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, they must meet the criteria we have set out by the GDC i.e. the evidence must be robust, recent and readily verifiable by the GDC.
Selection process: 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
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.
This is a three-year full-time modular course. Years one and two consist of four 30-credit modules per year with the final year consisting of two 30-credit modules and a dissertation module of 60 credits.
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.
Year one involves four 30-credit modules.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Research Methods||DET031||30 credits|
|Foundation to Restorative Dentistry with Emphasis on Prosthodontics||DET037||30 credits|
|Foundation to Restorative Dentistry with Emphasis on Periodontics||DET038||30 credits|
|Foundation to Restorative Dentistry with Emphasis on Endodontics||DET039||30 credits|
Year two involves four 30-credit modules.
Year three involves two 30-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation module.
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 MClinDent. You will attend lectures, and participate in seminars, tutorials, and a clinical attachment. 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. You will be given a list of laboratory, clinical and/or library-based project titles which will form the basis of the final dissertation. Project topics are generally related to the scientific/clinical areas of interest of members of staff, and you will have individual supervision.
How will I be assessed?
There are ten taught modules within the course which are assessed through the following in-course assessments over three years together with the dissertation module:
- Extended essays
- Clinical Assessments
- Oral presentations
- Short Answer Questions
- Statistical assignments
- Library and information skills assignments
- Dissertation (not more than 20,000 words)
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 will have the opportunity for regular meetings with your supervisor to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance, and give written feedback on a draft.
Opportunities to reflect on your 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 presentations.
What skills will I practise and develop?
By fully engaging in this course, you should be able to:
- Develop and use appropriate systematic search strategies that incorporate a variety of electronic databases and other information sources.
- Define appropriate outcome measures and data requirements for specific research designs.
- Demonstrate the ability to set up, enter and manipulate data sets relevant to your area of interest.
- Analyse simple quantitative datasets using appropriate statistical methods.
- Evaluate the main research methods used in Restorative Dentistry and justify their use in relevant research literature.
- Contrast the likely quality and reliability of data collected using various methods.
- Critically appraise research papers and draw appropriate conclusions.
- Integrate knowledge and understanding of research methods to plan and design research proposals.
- Synthesise evidence from a variety of sources to develop a deeper appreciation of evidence-based clinical Restorative Dentistry.
- Use health informatics and information technology as a means of communication and data collection and analysis and for self-directed learning.
- Acquire, analyse, process and communicate information in a scientific, critical and effective manner to solve problems and guide clinical decision making.
UK and EU students (2020/21)
This course does not currently accept students from the UK/EU.
Students from outside the EU (2020/21)
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.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
We will supply any equipment required.
On successful completion of the course, you should have the opportunity to pursue a career as a specialist in Prosthodontics.