Institute of Dentistry
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The MSc in Special Care Dentistry provides Dentists with the theoretical knowledge and clinical expertise to care for people with special care dental needs.
This programme is studied by blended learning - a mixture of on campus and online.
This MSc is aimed at graduated dentists who are looking to further their knowledge and experience of special care dentistry. The programme is designed to furnish dentists with a basic understanding of special care dentistry and the concept of patient centred care as well as provide guidance to develop critical thinking, care planning and delivery from evidenced sources. Participants will initially gain a background knowledge in research / service planning as well as conditions and disabilities and get experience treating patients with special care needs in a supported environment.
Dentistry is changing and there is a growing expectation of holistic care for patients with special needs. The University of Aberdeen Dental School is well placed to assist dental professionals to build their expertise in providing care for people with special care dental needs with a robust, quality assured and flexible course.
There are 4 compulsory courses worth 15 credits each.
This course covers the basic principles behind appraising literature and undertaking research in order to assess and develop an evidence base for special care dentistry.
This course delivers practical experience in providing clinical care to a number of special care patients focussing on key skills and strategies required for the effective delivery of oral care. An understanding of risk assessment will also be covered.
This course explores the underlying medical, social and emotional effects of conditions which may cause disability and how this relates to special care dentistry.
This course explores models of disability and health belief in relation to oral care.
The legal and ethical frameworks covered are put in to the context of special care dentistry and oral care.
Students will get the opportunity to focus in more depth on specific patient groups.
The PgDip is made up of four 15 credit courses.
There will be a choice of two clinical courses and two compulsory background courses.
Courses 1 and 2 will be assessed via a research project submission regarding evidence based service planning for a specific special care group. The other two courses would be assessed via a review of patient log book with evidence base. Students would be expected to keep a log of their own relevant patient activity or have sessions arrange at Aberdeen dental Hospital if required.
Course 1: Clinical practice and service planning
Course 2: Research/critical appraisal teaching and appraisal
Course 3a: Dentistry for the older dental patient
Course 3b: Mental health and phobia
Course 3c: Learning disability
Course 4a: Medically compromising conditions
Course 4b: Physical disability
This would be achieved by completion of a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits. Each student would be allocated an appropriate supervisor for the project chosen which would ideally follow on from the developments in the certificate and diploma.
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
A broad range of teaching methods are used throughout the course both online and on campus.
There will be both formative and summative assessments.
You will be a qualified dentist with interest and experience of treating patients with a special care need. You should also be registered by the General Dental Council and have had appropriate clinical experience.
Due to the limited number of places on this programme we recommend that you apply as early as possible. For the January 2020 intake, the application deadline is Saturday 26th October. Applicants will receive a decision shortly after this date.
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
BDS or equivalent dental degree.
Qualified for at least 4 years.
Application via CV and personal statement ( 500 words ) and reference from current or most recent employer stating suitability and support for attending course. (If self-employed the reference is not necessary).
Evidence of registration with the General Dental Council is also required.
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To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54
Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.
You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.
|Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.|
|Indicative Programme Fee||£9,740|
|Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2019/20 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over 3 years.|
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A post graduate qualification in special care dentistry could enhance your career prospects and employability. The public dental service will often look for a postgraduate qualification when looking to appoint senior dental officers.
You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
The Foresterhill Health Campus is one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe which includes the Medical School, large teaching hospital, the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.
A dedicated Medical Library on the Foresterhill Health Campus and the fantastic facilities in the Sir Duncan Rice Library at King’s College, are complemented by online access to the key medical and health sciences journals and textbooks.