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Operative Dentistry PG Dip

The details on this page are for the 2022-23 year of entry (programme starting in April 2023; application deadline 9 December 2022).

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The postgraduate diploma in Operative Dentistry is designed to enhance the operative skills of newly-qualified dentists, as well as experienced practitioners wishing to upskill, whilst they continue to work in general dental practice. Course participants will develop the technical, diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary to practice modern clinical operative dentistry effectively and efficiently. Topics covered will include the comprehensive management of single and multiple crown/onlay restorations, treatment planning, aesthetic composite restorations, occlusion, dental implants, resin bonded tooth replacement, removable prosthodontics, tooth surface loss, bleaching, rotary endodontics, restoring the endodontically treated tooth and the development of a variety of complementary skills.

Key benefits

  • Created in collaboration with the Department of Restorative Dentistry at King's College Hospital
  • A unique and comprehensive blend of practical training, clinical practice, seminars and independent study
  • Designed and taught by leading experts in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics
Ridhi, Operative Dentistry PG Dip 2022

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Ridhi, Graduate, Postgraduate Diploma in Operative Dentistry

The course combines seminars, hands-on training and direct clinical contact with patients, alongside self-guided learning and webinars. Course participants will study the applied science of operative dentistry and acquire clinical and practical skills in operative dentistry. This training will be delivered at the Denmark Hill Campus where you will attend for approximately 46 contact days (predominantly every other Friday) over the two years. It is specifically designed for dentists already working in dental practice using patients from both their practice and the hospital to develop a reflective log of treatment which will form a major part of the course assessment. The programme is taught and led by Aws Alani, Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Naureen Rizvi, Specialist in Prosthodontics, in conjunction with visiting lecturers and teachers. The course offers a breadth of expertise, covering topics such as restorative treatment planning, anterior and posterior restorations, a variety of different crown preparation techniques, resin-bonded bridges, occlusion, management of tooth surface loss, clinical photography, dento-legal issues, endodontics and restoration of the non-vital tooth, implant maintenance, bleaching, removable prosthodontics provision and a variety of other operative dentistry-related topics.

Course Aims

  • The programme aims to provide newly qualified dentists and experienced practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of operative dentistry.
  • Students will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and to apply evidence-based practice to operative dentistry.
  • The clinical sessions will enable participants to translate their knowledge, understanding, intellectual and practical skills to improve and enhance their operative dentistry.

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

  Self-guided learning Seminars, field & lab work, studio work, supervised learning Project work
Year 1 350 hours 210 hours 40 hours
Year 2 350 hours 210 hours 40 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We will teach you through lectures, seminars, hands-on training and supervision of patient treatment on clinic. An incorporated webinar programme with invited guest speakers provides further opportunity for group learning and discussion. Course material will be available through our online learning environment, King's E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS), where you will find information, interactive questions, assignments, bibliographic databases and reading material.

This training will be delivered at the Denmark Hill Campus where you will attend for approximately 46 contact days over the two years. In addition, at least 12 webinars will also be provided.

Students are required to have access to adequate clinical facilities and to patients requiring treatment relevant to the subject area.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include case reports, written examinations and unseen cases VIVAs.

    The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits. You are required to take:

    Applied Science of Operative Dentistry - Part 1 (30 credits)
    Clinical and Practical Skills of Operative Dentistry - Part 1 (30 credits)

    Year 2

    Applied Science of Operative Dentistry - Part 2 (30 credits)
    Clinical and Practical Skills of Operative Dentistry - Part 2 (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.

    Employability

    It is expected that postgraduates will continue in general dental practice, offering a higher standard of clinical care with increased confidence, ability and professional reward. They might also use the programme to enter into assessment via the Royal College of Surgeons or equivalent to be able to practice as an enhanced practitioner.

    The diploma has been designed to equip you with the components needed to apply for a dentist with enhanced skills to your local commissioning group.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Part time: £10,500 per year (2022/23) - course commences April 2023

    International:

    Part time: £14,070 per year (2022/23) - course commences April 2023

    Deposit

    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 to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer between 1st to 31st October, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1st November and 30th November, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer in December, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

    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:

    • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks approximately; £50 for an initial check; ongoing subscription at £13 per year. Check the government website for further information https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check.
    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies 
    • Printing course handouts 
    • Society membership fees  
    • Conference attendance (optional)
    • Stationery 
    • Travel costs to London
    • Graduation costs
    • Consider photography equipment (to be discussed further at enrolment): digital camera with a macro lens and ring flash, SD card, photo editing software. 
    • Mirrors and retractors

    Funding

    The course combines seminars, hands-on training and direct clinical contact with patients, alongside self-guided learning and webinars. Course participants will study the applied science of operative dentistry and acquire clinical and practical skills in operative dentistry. This training will be delivered at the Denmark Hill Campus where you will attend for approximately 46 contact days (predominantly every other Friday) over the two years. It is specifically designed for dentists already working in dental practice using patients from both their practice and the hospital to develop a reflective log of treatment which will form a major part of the course assessment. The programme is taught and led by Aws Alani, Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Naureen Rizvi, Specialist in Prosthodontics, in conjunction with visiting lecturers and teachers. The course offers a breadth of expertise, covering topics such as restorative treatment planning, anterior and posterior restorations, a variety of different crown preparation techniques, resin-bonded bridges, occlusion, management of tooth surface loss, clinical photography, dento-legal issues, endodontics and restoration of the non-vital tooth, implant maintenance, bleaching, removable prosthodontics provision and a variety of other operative dentistry-related topics.

    Course Aims

    • The programme aims to provide newly qualified dentists and experienced practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of operative dentistry.
    • Students will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and to apply evidence-based practice to operative dentistry.
    • The clinical sessions will enable participants to translate their knowledge, understanding, intellectual and practical skills to improve and enhance their operative dentistry.

    Base campus

    NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
    Denmark Hill Campus

    Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

      Self-guided learning Seminars, field & lab work, studio work, supervised learning Project work
    Year 1 350 hours 210 hours 40 hours
    Year 2 350 hours 210 hours 40 hours

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    We will teach you through lectures, seminars, hands-on training and supervision of patient treatment on clinic. An incorporated webinar programme with invited guest speakers provides further opportunity for group learning and discussion. Course material will be available through our online learning environment, King's E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS), where you will find information, interactive questions, assignments, bibliographic databases and reading material.

    This training will be delivered at the Denmark Hill Campus where you will attend for approximately 46 contact days over the two years. In addition, at least 12 webinars will also be provided.

    Students are required to have access to adequate clinical facilities and to patients requiring treatment relevant to the subject area.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include case reports, written examinations and unseen cases VIVAs.

      The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits. You are required to take:

      Applied Science of Operative Dentistry - Part 1 (30 credits)
      Clinical and Practical Skills of Operative Dentistry - Part 1 (30 credits)

      Year 2

      Applied Science of Operative Dentistry - Part 2 (30 credits)
      Clinical and Practical Skills of Operative Dentistry - Part 2 (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.

      Employability

      It is expected that postgraduates will continue in general dental practice, offering a higher standard of clinical care with increased confidence, ability and professional reward. They might also use the programme to enter into assessment via the Royal College of Surgeons or equivalent to be able to practice as an enhanced practitioner.

      The diploma has been designed to equip you with the components needed to apply for a dentist with enhanced skills to your local commissioning group.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Part time: £10,500 per year (2022/23) - course commences April 2023

      International:

      Part time: £14,070 per year (2022/23) - course commences April 2023

      Deposit

      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 to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer between 1st to 31st October, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1st November and 30th November, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer in December, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

      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:

      • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks approximately; £50 for an initial check; ongoing subscription at £13 per year. Check the government website for further information https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check.
      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Personal photocopies 
      • Printing course handouts 
      • Society membership fees  
      • Conference attendance (optional)
      • Stationery 
      • Travel costs to London
      • Graduation costs
      • Consider photography equipment (to be discussed further at enrolment): digital camera with a macro lens and ring flash, SD card, photo editing software. 
      • Mirrors and retractors

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      Our first application deadline is 9 December 2022. This is the final deadline for Overseas applications. 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 Home applications will be accepted after 28 January 2023.

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