For Maxillofacial Prosthetists, Technologists and Prosthodontists working in a hospital environment or similar practice, to enhance their knowledge of intra and extra oral prosthetic facial rehabilitation and improve their clinical and technical skills. The programme provides opportunities to experience cutting edge digital technology resulting in a higher standard of clinical practice.
- Dentistry at King's 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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It is anticipated that graduates will continue in clinical practice offering a high standard of clinical care with an increased confidence and ability.
Dr Trevor Coward
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
Three years distance learning (January 2014 start).
Study from home using specially prepared flexible learning materials. In years one and two students attend a compulsory intensive face-to-face course in Pune, India.
Year of entry 2013
31 August 2013 for January 2014 entry. Late applications may be considered but early application is strongly advised.
20 distance learning students per year.
PT Home: £7,200 (2013-4) per annum, for three years (subject to annual increments).
PT Overseas: £7,200 (2013-4) per annum, for three years (subject to annual increments).
Unit of Distance Learning, Tel +44 (0)20 7188 6444
This programme is suitable for Maxillofacial Prosthetists, Technologists and Prosthodontists who wish to develop their technical skills and would like to develop higher standards of clinical practice.
This innovative programme offers seven modules over three years through part time distance and e-learning training to obtain 180 credits at level 7 for an MSc.
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate extended knowledge, understanding and advanced skills in the treatment of patients who require prosthetic facial rehabilitation. It covers a broad range of treatments for replacement of missing hard and soft tissues using both traditional and advanced digital technologies.
Through optional modules you will focus your study on prosthodontics, or psychology for maxillofacial prosthetics. The module on the psychological and social support required in facial rehabilitation covers skills in communication, counselling and an appreciation of the psychosocial effects of surgical treatment. The module on oro-facial prosthodontics covers comprehensive diagnosis, treatment planning and management of patients with fixed and removable implants.
Students develop their clinical skills further by developing a clinical portfolio of four cases, using videographic material to demonstrate their practical abilities. Students on the psychological module will be required to cover a range of facial prosthetics retained by varying methods, while students taking the prosthodontics module will demonstrate prosthetic/restorative cases. Students taking this module must be clinically qualified to perform prosthodontic procedures.
The mode of delivery is Distance Learning, which combines online and face-to-face components, enables Maxillofacial Prosthetists, Technologists and Prosthodontists to remain in clinical practice while training. This ensures no loss of income or work experience and establishes 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 programme employs theory, support and discussion groups using online tools and 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 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. Designated tutors are present to offer expert guidance to students on complex procedures and clinical skills. There are two compulsory face to face courses, which require attendance for seven days in year 1 and 10 days in year two.
Further information is available on request.
Core programme content
- Maxillofacial and Ocular Prosthetics;
- Patient Management;
- Research Methods;
- Intensive Face-to-Face Course;
- Clinical Practice.
- Applied Science of Maxillofacial and Craniofacial Technology;
- Psychological and Social Issues in Head and Neck Cancer OR Oro-Facial Prosthodontics;
- Clinical Practice;
- Intensive Face-to-Face Course.
- Completion of clinical work.
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FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
This Masters programme is assessed through a combination of assignments, written examinations, clinical case presentations and a dissertation. Upon enrolling, students must choose between two optional modules: Psychological and Social Issues in Head and Neck Cancer OR Oro-Facial Prosthodontics (if suitably qualified to undertake prosthodontic treatement). 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 two assignments from each module between January and August to be entered into the end of year exams. Exams can be taken in London or, for overseas students, at centres in the student's country of residence. Further details of overseas exam arrangements and applicable fees can be viewed at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/structure/admin/acservices/examinations/students/sea/alternative
The Clinical Practice module is undertaken over the three years of the programme and is assessed 100 per cent on a clinical portfolio of four cases. The Report module is undertaken in the final year. Students will work towards a 10,000 word dissertation/project with an allocated supervisor which will be assessed 100 per cent on the basis of the report.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
All of the following requirements must be met by applicants:
Qualification and employment status
- UK applicants will be expected to have a diploma in Professional Studies (Maxillofacial Prosthetics & Technology) or a degree in Dental Technology with at least two years post-qualification technical experience.
- Overseas applicants should have a dental technology qualification and at least two years postgraduate experience.
- Overseas applicants will not be expected to have completed the Diploma in Professional studies (Maxillofacial Prosthetics & Technology) but must have a focused interest in maxillofacial and craniofacial technology.
- Students wishing to undertake the Oro-Facial Prosthodontics module must be clinically qualified to perform prosthodontic treatment.
- Overseas applicants will also be accepted with a dental qualification if employed as a prosthodontist in a dental practice, dental school, hospital, or community dental services environment.
Access to facilities and equipment
- Access to appropriate library facilities, email and internet.
- 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 on this).
- 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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- Popup windows must be enabled.
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, two 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 expect to receive this initial decision within six weeks of the date of submission 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 documentation 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 the course.
Applications received after the closing date will be held in reserve 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://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 fee covers all tuition fees, including face-to-face fees. Students will still need to fund accommodation, travel and meals for their face-to-face courses.
We think this provide a clearer picture of the final cost of the programme and will allow students to plan accordingly.
Self-funded. See the King's Student Funding Office website for any available funding opportunities. http: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database/
Maxillofacial Prosthetic Rehabilitation MSc DL
I wanted to learn more about the field of facial prosthetics and this was a great opportunity for me to get an international education whilst living in Norway.
The lecturers at King's have a great deal of experience both practically and theoretically. This is very important for me as I can learn about a variety of patient cases. The fact that King's College has a solid reputation enforces the quality of the programme. I also like that the course offers updated computer technology education.
When I finish this program I will continue working for a better cooperation with the craniofacial team, especially concerning treatment planning. I already feel more confident in treating patients and I look forward to learning more.
Studying at a distance allows me to study and work in Norway. This enables me to continue to work in Oslo and to live with my family. As I have children in Norway it would be very difficult for me to move to London. I can choose when to study and I can work at home and also continue to work at the hospital.
I think the face-to-face part of the course in London was very rewarding because I got to know the other students and we had a lot of hands on training.
I recommend this programme to colleagues because you get an updated education allowing you to treat patients more confidently. This is a way to get a formal education in the area, studying with other students from many different backgrounds.