Advanced Restorative Dental Practice, MSc

Advanced Restorative Dental Practice, MSc


Take your Restorative Dental Practice to the next level with our part-time masters programme. Through online learning, practice-based assessments and residential based study, you will develop your skills through progressive, evidence-based techniques and knowledge and be able to apply those skills to the benefit of your practice.

Please note that this programme is not currently open for applications.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
30 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
Location of Study

This programme is for the busy dental practitioner who has an interest in high quality, evidence-based restorative treatment. You’ll be taught by dental professionals who have amassed many years of experience not only in teaching but also in applying their knowledge to their own patient care. The variety of teaching brings you up to date with GDC requirements, enhances your record-keeping skills, communication skills and team-working ability. Our programme covers disciplines that will enhance your practice.

  • Our treatment phases teach you not only the theory but will give you an opportunity to practice those skills in a simulated environment and to then showcase your skills in structured case-based presentations.
  • Each of the restorative disciplines will be covered at a greater depth by teachers and consultants who will ensure your knowledge and techniques are modern evidence-based dentistry.
  • Later in the programme you will learn to apply these skills and look at when and how to apply adjunct therapies such as bleaching and general practitioner applied orthodontics with an introduction to facial aesthetics.
  • You will also have the opportunity to cover GDC-based requirements such as keeping your Basic Life Support skills honed and completing your core of knowledge training for the next five years.
  • You will receive some business insight from world-class teachers such as Chris Barrow and Ashley Latter who will help you to understand how to enhance your practice and uptake of treatments.
  • For your dissertation, you will choose a topic you are keen to learn more about or holds a particular interest for you and develop a deeper appreciation and knowledge in your chosen area.

What You'll Study

Our programme consists of seven modules that will enhance your practice:

Unit 1 Getting Better at General Practice
Unit 2 Expanding Prosthodontic Skills for the Advanced General Practitioner
Unit 3 The Perio-Endo Complex unravelled
Unit 4 Research Methods, Audit and Governance
Unit 5 Expanding Restorative Dentistry
Unit 6 The Business of Advanced General Practice
Unit 7 Dissertation

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Students must take the following courses.

Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen (PD5006)

This course, which is prescribed for all taught postgraduate students, is studied entirely online, takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks.

Topics include orientation overview, equality and diversity, health, safety and cyber security and how to make the most of your time at university in relation to careers and employability.

Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’.

Getting Better at General Practice (DE5042)

20 Credit Points

This is the first course in the programme and it will provide a firm foundation for studies in advanced restorative general practice. It will provide the opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills whilst ensuring developing concepts to underpin future studies. It will be delivered through a series of webinars and a 4 day residential at the University of Aberdeen enabling Postgraduates to join the university in person.

Expanding Prosthodontic Skills for the Advanced General Practitioner (DE5517)

20 Credit Points

This is the second course in the programme and it will build upon the firm foundation for studies in advanced restorative general practice. It will provide the an up to date review of fixed prosthodontics.

The Perio - Endo Complex Unravelled (DE5518)

20 Credit Points

This is the third course in the programme which focuses on endodontics and the relationship between the endodontic canal system and the periodontium.

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Students must take the following courses.

  • DE5040 Research Methods, Audit and Governance (20 credit points)
  • DE5519 Expanding Restorative Dentistry (20 credit points)
The Business of Advanced General Practice (DE5520)

20 Credit Points

The penultimate course explores the business of Advanced General Practice

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

MSc Dissertation - Advanced General Dental Practice (DE5044)

20 Credit Points

This course offers students the opportunity to complete a substantial piece of data-driven, empirical work within the field of restorative dentistry. It involves working on an independent research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher prior to completion of a write up in the style of an academic article for publication. Alongside supervisors, students will identify a suitable topic area, describe an appropriate study design and implement an empirical study. Students will be involved alongside the supervisors in the process of defining the research question, and developing the research plan, and where appropriate obtaining all regulatory approvals.

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.

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £18,900
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year This programme is studied over 3 years. £6300 is charged per year.

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

How You'll Study

This programme is technology-based, you can choose to study where and when you find convenient. Whether you prefer to work before leaving for the office, after you have put your children to bed or in your breaks, your laptop, tablet or smartphone will be able to access our teaching material, so you can study at your convenience.

Each module is assessed, and feedback is given so that you can learn from your experience and tailor your learning experience to the best advantage to you.

Participation in group forums and teamwork is actively encouraged and rewarded throughout your learning. Through this programme you will grow your network of colleagues, meeting fellow dentists from all around the UK and the world.

There are three residential workshops throughout your course where you will travel to Aberdeen to have a practical, hands-on course under the direct guidance of staff members, you can meet your tutor or course director face to face and have personal teaching to enhance your cases and case presentations.

Learning Methods

  • Clinical Learning
  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Peer Learning
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

Assessment, both formative and summative, occurs throughout the programme in order to give you guidance and feedback on your studies. The formats of assessment are multiple choice, single best answer, multiple short questions, small structured essay, essay and direct feedback on practical exercises. As you successfully complete each module you will be able to progress through our programme until you complete, and earn, your Master of Science degree.

Why Study Advanced Restorative Dental Practice?

  • Our programme provides a structured learning process that teaches the practitioner how to assess their own learning needs and styles, plan their treatments and learning requirements and implement these skills in a clinical environment. 
  • Evaluation will allow the clinician to improve their skills, techniques and knowledge giving them greater confidence in their ability to perform high-class treatments. 
  • Our programme takes a holistic look at Advanced Restorative General Practice with modules that help you prepare and plan the course of treatment; there are modules on techniques and advanced skills and there are modules that will help you enhance your practice in order to benefit from these enhanced skills and techniques that are now available. 
  • The programme is heavily geared towards evidence based and proven techniques and through this MSc you will be taught the skills necessary for research, audit and governance in order that you will be become a reflective practitioner who will continue to improve after the course is complete.
  • The programme is studied via blended learning allowing you to study while you work.

Entry Requirements

You will be a qualified dentist with interest and experience of treating patients with a desire to improve your patient care. You should also be registered by the General Dental Council (if you are UK based) and have had appropriate clinical experience (Post VT if UK based).

Please note that this programme is not currently open for applications.


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 2 years.

Application via CV and personal statement ( 500 words ) and reference from current or most recent employer stating suitability and support for course. (If self-employed the reference is not necessary).

Evidence of registration with the General Dental Council is also required for UK applicants.

You will need access to a clinical camera to take photographs of cases throughout the course and, of course, adequate clinical facilities and access to patients requiring treatment relevant to the subject area.

You will need internet access and a computer to complete your qualification. If you have purchased a new computer since 2012 it should meet the qualification computing requirements.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

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:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

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.

an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person


There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Industry Links

Those successful students with over 10 years of post-qualification experience may apply to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow for Membership via the non-examination route. This degree will give good evidence of continuing professional development when applying.

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