Advanced General Dental Practice is for dental practitioners to enhance their clinical and academic skills for professional development, expanding on BDS level knowledge. This programme will also provide great support and guidance for dentists who plan to take FFGDP, MJDF, MFDS, MFD and ORE examinations.
- Dentistry at Kings is a renowned centre of international excellence for teaching and research.
- Pioneers of teaching dentistry through a blended learning approach with over 20 years experience.
- Face to face training in year one and two to learn and adopt latest techniques.
- Programme structure allows you to continue working in practice while studying your degree at your own pace.
- Delivered by a team of academics, many of whom are world-leaders in their field.
- Contributes towards continuing professional development (CPD).
- Opportunity to network with other Distance Learning students.
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A sample of the course is available in the Taster.
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It is expected that graduates will continue in general dental practice, community (salaried) dental services or hospitals offering a high standard of clinical dental care with increased competence. Graduates may also use the programme to enter independent practice.
Dr Shihab Romeed
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
Two or three years (January 2013 start).
Study at home using flexible learning materials, as well as compulsory attendance at an intensive face-to-face course in years one and two in the UK.
Year of entry 2013
31 August 2013 for January 2014 entry. Late applications may be considered.
20 distance learning students per year.
PT Home: £8,350 per annum, for three years (subject to annual increments) (2013-4). Fees cover all elements of the programme, including face-to-face courses (excluding accommodation, travel and meals). If programme is taken over two years, fees are £16,700 for year 1.
PT Overseas: £8,350 per annum, for three years (subject to annual increments) (2013-4). Fees cover all elements of the programme, including face-to-face courses (excluding accommodation, travel and meals). If programme is taken over two years, fees are £16,700 for year 1.
Unit of Distance Learning, tel +44 (0)20 7188 6444
To enable UK and overseas dental practitioners to enhance their clinical skills. To obtain an academic qualification which will be a platform for clinical or academic professional development.
The programme aims to provide advanced knowledge of restorative dentistry techniques and improve clinical skills of those in primary dental care settings. There is also a module on practice management and personal development to assist in the setting up and running of a successful practice, including staff management, compliance with regulations and financial issues.
The mode of delivery of Distance Learning, which combines online and face-to-face components, enables dentists to remain in dental practice while training, ensuring no loss of income or work experience and establishes a dental practice using skills learnt on the programme. The course has been designed to provide theory, support and discussion groups by online training using a dedicated virtual learning environment, to provide access to content wherever students are in the world.
The Unit of Distance Learning consists of a team of highly experienced administrative and support staff dedicated to providing support to students. Combined with the use of a comprehensive online educational delivery system, this allows students to continually interact with staff and colleagues, to further enhance their learning experience.
Partial completion or early exit may result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma.
Intensive Face-to-Face Course
To supplement your online teaching you will also receive hands-on clinical training at our training centres in the UK. Designated tutors are present to offer expert guidance to students on complex dental procedures. There are two compulsory face-to-face courses of nine or ten days, in years one and two respectively.
Part of your training will take place at LonDEC, a recently opened post-graduate teaching facility, providing you with some of the finest hands-on dental teaching facilities available in the UK and Europe.
Core programme content
- Primary Dental Care
- Practice Management
- Attendance at Intensive Face-to-Face Course.
- Restorative Dentistry
- Clinical Practice
- Attendance at Intensive Face-to-Face Course.
You can view more detailed information about modules on this course here.
Studying this course over two years would include completing all taught elements including the face to face courses in Year 1, with the research project and clinical case work completed in Year 2.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
This Masters programme is assessed through a combination of assignments, written examinations, clinical case presentations and a dissertation. In the first two years, most modules within the programme are assessed by a combination of 60 per cent written examination and 40 per cent written assignments. Each year you will receive an assignment schedule to follow for the year and must complete four assignments from each module between January and August to be entered into the end of year exams. Exams are usually held in early October and can be taken in the UK or, for overseas students, at centres in the student's country of residence. In Year two there is also a clinical module which is assessed by submission of four clinical cases only. In the final year, you will be allocated a supervisor and undertake a dissertation or project between January and September. The dissertation provides the mark for Year 3.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
All of the following requirements must be met by applicants:
Qualification and employment status
- A dental qualification acceptable to the College.
- Employment as a dentist in a dental practice, dental school, hospital, or community dental services environment.
Access to facilities and equipment
- Adequate clinical facilities and access to patients requiring treatment relevant to your subject area.
- Approved video equipment, as part of the monitoring process (advice on this will be given in the first Intensive Face-to-Face course).
- Access to an appropriate dental library.
- USB headset with a microphone (or separate headphones and microphone).
- Internet connection - broadband is preferable. Ideally with minimum speeds of 2Mbps down and 3Mbps up.
- A wired internet connection is preferable, so if you have wireless internet access, you may need to be able to connect your computer by cable to maintain a high-quality connection during tutorials.
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APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
Completed applications (consisting of an online application form, both references, transcripts of previous qualifications and evidence of English Language score where required) will be considered on a "first come first served" basis according to the date of completion of the application. Early applications are strongly advised.
The initial decision will be to either confirm the offer of a place without an interview, invite you for an interview, hold your application for further consideration following the official closing date for applications, or to reject the application.
You should be expect to receive this initial decision within six weeks of the date of completion of the completed application, although this may be slightly longer at peak periods near to the closing date. Applicants who are offered a place will have to provide original documentary evidence of their previous qualifications, and pay a non-refundable deposit, before access to the online virtual learning environment will be given at the start of your course.
Applications received after the closing date will be held as reserve applications on a waiting list, in case there are vacancies or places become available.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
You should describe how the degree will fit into your career plan and demonstrate a focused interest in the programme. You should also confirm that you have read the computing specification required to commence the programme, which can be viewed at http: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/dentistry/pg/distance/pcspec.html
and provide details of your access to: Adequate clinical facilities and an appropriate selection of patients; Approved video equipment, as part of the communication process (advice on this will be given in the first intensive face-to-face course); An appropriate dental library.
Fees have undergone a simplification process aimed at providing a total price for a whole year’s tuition.
In previous years, face-to-face course fees were charged in addition to annual tuition fees, which caused confusion.
The new fees cover all the tuition, including face-to-face courses. Students will still need to fund accommodation, travel and meals for their face-to-face courses.
We think this provides a clearer picture of the final cost of the programme and will allow students to plan accordingly.
Self-funded. See the King's Graduate Funding Database (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database/) for any available funding opportunities.
Advanced General Dental Practice MSc
I chose this course because it's very innovative and knowledge-transfer based. Further, it is very specific in its content and yet diverse enough to add value to my work. The course has a very hands-on approach in its requirements i.e. assignments, face to face teaching and exams.
After I receive the AGDP qualification, I will contribute my services both in the public sector and in the private sector. Specifically, I will be able to run my own practice on a full time basis. The knowledge of both the clinical aspect and the management aspect will add great value to my practice.
Distance learning enables me to maximize my learning and enables me to practice my profession in my home town. Additionally, distance learning gives me the benefit of both a complex and advanced environment in the UK and my own location at home with its peculiarities. In addition, my family is able to benefit. This blend is valuable for every practitioner who is bound to practice in both 'worlds'.