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 fixed and removable Prosthodontics.
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
On completion of the programme, you'll be awarded the MClinDent qualification in Prosthodontics by Cardiff University and 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.
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.
Strong links with NHS
Our close links with the National Health Service allow us access to a diverse range of patients, whose clinical care needs are suitable for specialist and advanced clinical teaching.
Our close-knit dental community has a postgraduate population of about 50 registered students. Our postgraduate study suite, and dedicated postgraduate team will ensure you have all the support you need.
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 Prosthodontics by Cardiff University and will be eligible to enter the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Membership in Prosthodontics (MPros) examination. More information is available at https://www.rcsed.ac.uk/.
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.
Please note: The Programme does not come with a National Training Number and, therefore, will not permit automatic or any guarantee of entry to the Specialist list in the relevant dental monspecialty. Completion of the course does not automatically entitle entry to the GDC specialist list.
You must hold a primary dental qualification (BDS/DDS or equivalent).
English language requirements:
You must supply evidence that you meet the English language requirements at the point you submit your application.
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 old at the start of the programme, or
- evidence of 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 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 no longer than 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 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 all of the following at the point you submit your application in order to be considered:
- one academic reference
- one clinical reference to evidence 2 years' post-qualification experience
- an up-to-date CV
- evidence that you are a registered dental practitioner
- personal statement
- a copy of your undergraduate degree certificate and related formal transcripts.
Applicants should normally have passed the MJDF/MFDS/FDS qualifications of the Royal College of Surgeons and have a broad clinical experience. Previous audit and research experience is beneficial.
You must submit a fully completed application by 31 December 2022 to be considered for September 2023 entry. Applications received or completed after this date may be considered subject to availability of places.
We will review your application and if you meet the entry requirements, we will invite you to an interview.
Successful candidates will be required to comply with the University’s and Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust’s Occupational Health clearance including Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP).
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.
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 2023/24 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.
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.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Removable Prosthodontics||DET021||30 credits|
|Advanced Operative||DET022||30 credits|
|Prosthodontic Clinical Practice||DET023||30 credits|
|MCD - Implantology||DET027||30 credits|
Year three involves two 30-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation module.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Dissertation (Pros)||DET024||60 credits|
|Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics||DET025||30 credits|
|Advanced Clinical Removable Prosthodontics||DET026||30 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.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Learn how we decide your fee status
Fees for home status
This course does not currently accept students from the UK/EU.
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2023/24 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
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
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.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
On successful completion of the course, you should have the opportunity to pursue a career as a specialist in Prosthodontics.
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.