Maxillofacial & Craniofacial Technology MSc
The MSc programme in Maxillofacial and Craniofacial Technology has been designed for practising Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists (MPTs) who wish to advance their knowledge in advanced procedures/applications and wish to participate in research. This is currently the only Masters programme in Europe and provides training for exceptional students who may wish to consider registration for a PhD in Maxillofacial and Craniofacial materials and technology.
The unique feature of this programme permits students to attend multi-disciplinary team meetings and attend follow-up sessions, including theatre and clinical rehabilitation of the patient. It utilises the combined services of Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust and King's College Hospital Trust, providing an ideal clinical base that offers excellent educational opportunities covering a wide range of treatments for students to experience.
External speakers, expert in their field of knowledge, regularly contribute to the educational experience of the programme. International links are also being forged with the MAMS programme in Chicago, which will permit student interaction and provide an exchange of lectures, tutorials and seminars.
One of the greatest challenges for the MPT is to rehabilitate a patient with a facial prosthesis (eg ear, eye nose) which matches the natural surrounding tissue. My research has been based upon using three dimensional technologies to provide prostheses of adequate shape and dimensions. More recently, by using spectrophotometry in conjunction with colour formulation software, King's Dental Institute and a commercial company have developed a digital system capable of matching silicone to the patient's own skin.