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Dental Cone Beam CT Radiological Interpretation PG Cert

The details on this page are for the 2022-23 year of entry (programme starting in January 2023; application deadline 25 October 2022).

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Our postgraduate certificate in Dental Cone Beam CT Radiological Interpretation is a part-time distance-learning course to train dentists to be able to use CBCT imaging appropriately to help diagnose clinical problems of the dento-alveolar areas of the jaws, correctly interpret the radiological signs and write structured radiological reports. This course is mostly delivered online, so you can study with minimum disruption to your professional and personal life while benefiting from world-class teaching.

Key benefits

  • The first university-based training of its kind.
  • Enables students to understand and interpret the relatively new x-ray imaging modality of cone beam CT, enabling 3-dimensional cross-sectional imaging.
  • Curriculum delivered by expert teaching staff, all at consultant level and GDC-registered specialists in this subject.
  • Largest dental radiology department in UK, equipped with state-of-the-art CBCT machines.
  • Delivered primarily online, the course also includes a block of face-to-face lectures and hands-on training at Guy's Hospital.
  • Curriculum based on, and extends beyond, the latest UK guidelines for the training of dentists in the use and interpretation of CBCT scans.
John W

I found the course extremely well organised, easy to navigate and supported by well-structured webinars. Dr Suk Ng and her team went the extra mile to support candidates before the examinations in London.

John W, Alumni, Dental Cone Beam CT Radiological Interpretation PG Cert

The course provides knowledge and understanding of: - Legislation, guidelines and radiation safety in relation to the use of CBCT in dentistry. - Justification and selection criteria for CBCT and dental radiography: the value and role of each technique. - CBCT appearance of normal anatomy, artifacts and pathological conditions of the dentoalveolar region. - Understanding of radiological signs of disease. Students will acquire skills in: - The process of making a differential diagnosis using radiological evidence. - Image manipulation (anonymised scans and viewing software provided). - Understanding which clinical problems may or may not be investigated using modern dental X-ray techniques. - Viewing strategies for certain clinical applications. - Understanding variations in normal anatomy in dental and maxillofacial regions. - Critical awareness of limitations of CBCT and dental radiography and the impact of imaging artefacts on radiological interpretation. - Writing radiological reports using a structured approach and concise description.

Base campus

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Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

The course is a blended learning course taught primarily online through the King’s College London’s online learning environment, KEATS (King’s E-learning and Teaching Service) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. Content is supplemented by online seminars and tutorials delivered by teaching staff.

Face-to-face lectures and hands-on training and mock oral exams take place in the September of the teaching year. This component will consist of lectures, practical exercises, mock oral exams and tutor feedback, which will help to prepare students for the final exams taking place in the following week

The following table will give you an idea of the typical hours you will spend as you progress through your studies. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Year Online lectures, seminars
and tutor feedback (hours)
Self-study, practice and
assignments (hours)
Face-to-face training and
lectures (hours)
1 20 540 40

The face-to-face component takes place for one week and two days at King’s College London, Guy’s Campus (normally in the September of the teaching year). This component typically consists of five days of lectures, practical exercises, mock oral exams and tutor feedback, which will help to prepare students for the final exams taking place in the following week.

Face-to-face provision was substituted with an online alternative during the COVID-19 pandemic and this would be repeated if safety issues relating to COVID-19 become a significant issue again. The length of the face-to-face component may be subject to change so please double check before making arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Notes for applicants

  • The course does not provide great detail on implant planning or image-guided planning/surgery and is not intended to train a dentist to become a radiologist.
  • In the UK, a radiologist is trained within a scheme approved by the regional LETB/Deanery, in a hospital setting, which requires minimum of 4 years full-time training and is examined by the Royal College of Radiologists.

Assessment

    • Module 1 Physics & Regulations: In-course formative assessment in the form of a written assignment; final exam summative assessment in the form of a written paper.
    • Module 2 Anatomy: In-course formative assessment in the form of MCQ/short answers; final exam summative assessment in the form of a written paper.
    • Module 3 Interpretation: In-course formative assessments in the form of written assignments; final exam summative assessment consisting of a practical exam and an oral exam.

    The course starts in early January of the teaching year; and exams are in September of the same year.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Physics & Regulations (15 credits)
    Anatomy (15 credits)
    Interpretation (30 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: Part time tuition fees apply - see below

    Part time: £14,070 p.a. (2022/23)*

    International:

    Full time: Part time tuition fees apply - see below

    Part time: £14,070 p.a. (2022/23)*

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

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    • If you receive an offer before 31 May, payment is due by 30 June 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 June and 30 August, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 September and 31 October, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 November and 30 November, payment is due within one week from the offer date.
    • If you receive an offer from 1 December, payment is due within three days from the offer date.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

     

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • Internet access
    • Computer equipment
    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies 
    • Printing course materials
    • Graduation costs 
    • Stationery
    • Examination fees (if not taken at venue in London)
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Society membership fees

    Funding

    The course provides knowledge and understanding of: - Legislation, guidelines and radiation safety in relation to the use of CBCT in dentistry. - Justification and selection criteria for CBCT and dental radiography: the value and role of each technique. - CBCT appearance of normal anatomy, artifacts and pathological conditions of the dentoalveolar region. - Understanding of radiological signs of disease. Students will acquire skills in: - The process of making a differential diagnosis using radiological evidence. - Image manipulation (anonymised scans and viewing software provided). - Understanding which clinical problems may or may not be investigated using modern dental X-ray techniques. - Viewing strategies for certain clinical applications. - Understanding variations in normal anatomy in dental and maxillofacial regions. - Critical awareness of limitations of CBCT and dental radiography and the impact of imaging artefacts on radiological interpretation. - Writing radiological reports using a structured approach and concise description.

    Base campus

    campus guys
    Guy’s Campus

    The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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    Teaching methods - what to expect

    The course is a blended learning course taught primarily online through the King’s College London’s online learning environment, KEATS (King’s E-learning and Teaching Service) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. Content is supplemented by online seminars and tutorials delivered by teaching staff.

    Face-to-face lectures and hands-on training and mock oral exams take place in the September of the teaching year. This component will consist of lectures, practical exercises, mock oral exams and tutor feedback, which will help to prepare students for the final exams taking place in the following week

    The following table will give you an idea of the typical hours you will spend as you progress through your studies. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Year Online lectures, seminars
    and tutor feedback (hours)
    Self-study, practice and
    assignments (hours)
    Face-to-face training and
    lectures (hours)
    1 20 540 40

    The face-to-face component takes place for one week and two days at King’s College London, Guy’s Campus (normally in the September of the teaching year). This component typically consists of five days of lectures, practical exercises, mock oral exams and tutor feedback, which will help to prepare students for the final exams taking place in the following week.

    Face-to-face provision was substituted with an online alternative during the COVID-19 pandemic and this would be repeated if safety issues relating to COVID-19 become a significant issue again. The length of the face-to-face component may be subject to change so please double check before making arrangements for travel and accommodation.

    Notes for applicants

    • The course does not provide great detail on implant planning or image-guided planning/surgery and is not intended to train a dentist to become a radiologist.
    • In the UK, a radiologist is trained within a scheme approved by the regional LETB/Deanery, in a hospital setting, which requires minimum of 4 years full-time training and is examined by the Royal College of Radiologists.

    Assessment

      • Module 1 Physics & Regulations: In-course formative assessment in the form of a written assignment; final exam summative assessment in the form of a written paper.
      • Module 2 Anatomy: In-course formative assessment in the form of MCQ/short answers; final exam summative assessment in the form of a written paper.
      • Module 3 Interpretation: In-course formative assessments in the form of written assignments; final exam summative assessment consisting of a practical exam and an oral exam.

      The course starts in early January of the teaching year; and exams are in September of the same year.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Physics & Regulations (15 credits)
      Anatomy (15 credits)
      Interpretation (30 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: Part time tuition fees apply - see below

      Part time: £14,070 p.a. (2022/23)*

      International:

      Full time: Part time tuition fees apply - see below

      Part time: £14,070 p.a. (2022/23)*

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

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      • If you receive an offer before 31 May, payment is due by 30 June 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 June and 30 August, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 September and 31 October, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 November and 30 November, payment is due within one week from the offer date.
      • If you receive an offer from 1 December, payment is due within three days from the offer date.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

       

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • Internet access
      • Computer equipment
      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Personal photocopies 
      • Printing course materials
      • Graduation costs 
      • Stationery
      • Examination fees (if not taken at venue in London)
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Society membership fees

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      Our first application deadline is on 25 October 2022 (23:59, UK time). After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full. Where the programme remains open beyond this date, no further applications will be accepted after 22 November 2022 (23:59, UK time).

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, particularly if your application may result in a conditional offer. Any conditions must be met by the deadline set in the offer letter.

      Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in October and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadline above.

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