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Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) (MClinDent)

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Start date

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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 fixed and removable Prosthodontics.


Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

After successfully completing the programme, you will be awarded the MClinDent qualification in Prosthodontics by Cardiff University and will be eligible to enter the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Membership in Prosthodontic (MProstho) examination.


Join a top 3 Dental School

We are ranked in the Top 3 for Dentistry by the Complete University Guide 2020 based on student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects.


Only Dental Hospital in Wales

Situated in the University Dental Hospital, where there are approximately 100,000 patient contacts per year. The School also benefits from being located next to 100 acres of parkland and playing fields and being a walkable two-mile distance to the city centre.


Close links with NHS

Our close links with the National Health Service expedites access to a wide range of patients whose clinical care needs are suitable for undertaking specialist and advanced clinical teaching.


Close-knit community

We offer a close-knit dental community with a postgraduate population of about 50 registered students. We have a dedicated postgraduate study suite available for all our students to enjoy. We also have a dedicated postgraduate team that support you and make sure you feel at home from day one.

This programme offers you the opportunity to participate in a full-time, three-year specialist training programme in Prosthodontics.

The programme has been designed to enhance your lifelong learning skills, aid in developing evidence-based practice, develop advanced clinical skills to enable you to become a mono-specialist in fixed and removable Prosthodontics, and, through acquisitions of research knowledge, skills and the production of a research project, facilitate further career development .

This is a three-year, full-time modular programme. Years one and two consist of four 30-credit modules per year with the final year consists of two 30-credit modules and one dissertation module of 60 credits. Exit awards are available for students successfully completing year one (Postgraduate Certificate) or years one and two (Postgraduate Diploma).

Methods used throughout the programme include self-directed learning and presentation in small groups to encourage a problem based learning method, clinical teaching and instruction, monitoring and support for the clinical portfolio, case review and discussions, guided critical reading and journal clubs and individual research guidance. Clinical, practical and academic skills are assessed throughout this three-year course using both summative and formative assessments. Summative or more formal examinations will be taken at the end of each academic year.

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.

After successfully completing the programme, you will be awarded the MClinDent qualification in Endodontology by Cardiff University and will be eligible to enter the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Membership in Endodontics (MEndo) examination.  More information is available at

During the first year, I had the opportunity to undertake treatment for patients with complex cases under the supervision of highly skilled and experienced consultants in restorative dentistry. The School is well equipped with the latest technology in dentistry which will help you to develop your skills in your long career as a Prosthodontist. Being a graduate from Cardiff University will offer me a great potential for professional and academic development when I return to my home country.
Ibrahim Aziz, Master of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics)

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

Academic requirements

Typically, you will need to have a primary dental qualification (BDS/DDS or equivalent).

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.

Other essential requirements

You will also need to provide:

  • an up-to-date CV
  • evidence that you have a minimum of two years' post-qualification clinical experience, and
  • one academic and one clinical reference.

You must also meet the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust requirements to hold an Honorary Clinical Contract: Occupational Health clearance including Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP).

Selection process: We will review your application and if you meet the entry requirements, we will invite you to an interview.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is currently only available to International students

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 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.

Course structure

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 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

Year one involves four 30-credit modules.

Year two

Year two involves four 30-credit modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Removable ProsthodonticsDET02130 credits
Advanced OperativeDET02230 credits
Prosthodontic Clinical PracticeDET02330 credits
MCD - ImplantologyDET02730 credits

Year three

Year three involves two 30-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Dissertation (Pros)DET02460 credits
Advanced Clinical ProsthodonticsDET02530 credits
Advanced Clinical Removable ProsthodonticsDET02630 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 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.
Cardiff is a dynamic city with a tangible energy and deep roots into the past. It has a multicultural society in which foreigners feel welcome. The School of Dentistry represents this diversity on a smaller scale by the supportive and friendly staff. After spending almost three years in this school, I can say without doubt that I have made the right choice in joining the Master of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) programme here. The course provides a great potential for professional and academic development. The associated staff are skilled and experienced. The clinical experience is challenging, yet very rewarding and beneficial. On top of all this, the facility is well equipped and includes a state of the art library.
Mahdi Master of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics), Third year student

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

This course does not currently accept students from the UK/EU.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.

Additional costs

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

We will supply any equipment required.

Career prospects

On successful completion of the course, you should have the opportunity to pursue a career as a specialist in Prosthodontics.


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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