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Special Care Dentistry MSc

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Overview

Special Care Dentistry provides a theoretical foundation and develops appropriate clinical skills for the care of patients needing special care with particular emphasis on the use of behaviour management techniques, analgesia, sedation and general anaesthesia. Also covers training in research methods and their practical application.


Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned academics.

  • Excellent reputation for treating adults who are dentally anxious with both pharmacological methods and using psychological treatments.

  • Students will receive training and teaching in a range of settings including hospital and community clinics.

  • Opportunity to become a specialist in special care (subject to status).

  • Hands on experience in providing dental care for special care patients.

  • The course encompasses all dental disciplines providing a holistic approach to patient care.

  • Close academic contact throughout the programme due to small teaching numbers (intake capped at six students).

  • There are opportunities to visit external specialist clinics offering experience in other clinical areas Located in the heart of London.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration Two years, three days per week, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations For selected candidates the two year MSc programme is recognised by the Specialist Advisory Committee for Special Care Dentistry as partially contributing towards the three year specialist training programme in Special Care Dentistry.

Course intake Please contact for details.

Course leaders

Dr Samalie Koburunga
Senior Specialist Clinical Teacher Programme Leader, MSc Special Care Dentistry

sam.koburunga@kcl.ac.uk

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Dental Institute

Department

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Entry requirements & how to apply


Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

All applicants: a dental qualification plus at least two years post-qualification experience. EU applicants will normally need to satisfy any additional specialist training requirements and acquire an NTN before programme commences. For UK applicants FDS, MFDS or MJDF is desirable.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies. Completed applications (which will normally consist of an online application form, both references, a transcript of previous degrees and a CV) will be considered after the closing date.

Applications will be initially considered by two academic members of staff. It is expected that applicants will be required to attend an interview.

 

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants should demonstrate a focused interest in special care dentistry and/or conscious sedation. Please submit a separate CV in addition to the application form.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

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Course detail

Description

Provides a theoretical foundation and develops appropriate clinical skills for the care of patients needing special care with particular emphasis on the use of behaviour management techniques, analgesia, sedation and general anaesthesia. It also covers training in research methods and their practical application. You will also undertake a research project. Research focus is on the management of individuals requiring special care and the impact of providing this service for the community.

Course purpose

For clinicians working in general practice, community, hospital and/or university departments who wish to become specialists and leaders in this area of dental care. To increase knowledge about dental care for individuals with special needs and the impact of providing this service for the community.

Further literature

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200 https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Course format and assessment

Modular programme consisting of 180 credits, as follows: 

  1. Two taught modules, covering the scientific and clinical basis of sedation and special care dentistry, assessed by written examination;

  2. A clinical module, involving supervised clinical practice and examined by a mixture of case studies on treated and unseen patients;

  3. A research module, involving the submission of a research project including a literature review, with an oral defence of the research.

Extra information

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King's. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment.

If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.
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Career prospects

Graduates have continued their chosen career pathway at senior level posts. Some have combined this with part-time work in the hospital service, academic and teaching posts.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£12,900 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£22,800 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

TBC

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

TBC

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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