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Operative Dentistry PG Dip

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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

  • 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

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Two years, April to March

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Course intake Groups of 10 students

Course leaders

Aws Alani BDS MFDS MSc FDS RCS LLM

Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Senior Clinical Lecturer

Further details

Course contact for further information

Neil Smith

Dental Postgraduate Course Manager

020 3299 5657

 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King’s College London

Faculty Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

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Operative Dentistry Postgraduate Diploma

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The postgraduate diploma in Operative Dentistry is designed to enhance the skills of newly-qualified dentists and experienced practitioners wishing to upskill, whilst they continue to work in general dental practice. Participants will develop the technical, diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary to practice modern clinical operative dentistry effectively and efficiently. Topics covered include 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.

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Course detail

Description

The course combines seminars, hands-on training and direct clinical contact with patients, alongside self-guided learning. 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 44 contact days 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.

Taught and led by Aws Alani, the following consultants, specialists or highly skilled practitioners will also contribute to the programme: Peter Briggs, Gareth Calvert, Ravi Chauhan, Rajesh Dubal, Rowland Gardener, Vinit Gohil, Zoe Harrington, Sarra Jawad, Irene Kaimakamis, Jagdip Kalsi, Sneha Kubal, Mark Packer, Mahul Patel, Tony Perkins, Tif Qureshi, Arijit Ray-Chaudhuri, Lakshmi Rasaratnum, Lloyd Searson, Soureya Seeta and Guy Stephens.

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.

You will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and to apply evidence-based practice to operative dentistry. The clinical sessions will enable you to transfer your knowledge, understanding, intellectual and practical skills to improve and enhance your practice.

 

 

Course purpose

The programme aims to provide newly qualified dentists and experienced practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of operative dentistry. They will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and 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.

Course format and assessment

  Self-guided learning Seminars, field & lab work, studio work, supervised learningProject 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 teach you through lectures, seminars, hands-on training and supervision of patient treatment on clinic. 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.

Assessment

Applied Science of Operative Dentistry (Parts 1 and 2) will be assessed by exams (50%) and by unseen cases (50%).
Clinical & Practical Skills of Operative Dentistry (Parts 1 and 2) will be assessed by two case reports (50%) and by unseen cases (50%).

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

Year 1

Required Modules

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

You are required to take:

Module 1 - Applied Science of Operative Dentistry - Part 1 (30 credits)

Module 2 - Clinical and Practical Skills of Operative Dentistry - Part 1 (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.

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Year 2

Required Modules

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

You are required to take:

Module 3 - Applied Science of Operative Dentistry - Part 2 (30 credits)

Module 4 - 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.

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements   BDS or equivalent and registration with the UK General Dental Council (GDC). Currently working in general dental practice in the UK.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
 Specific employment requirement   As access to patients is required, postgraduate students must have access to a clinical environment to allow practice of clinical skills developed on the course. Special consideration may be given to new graduates who are unfortunate not to secure employment wishing to develop their clinical skills further. In such cases, they will need to secure honorary contracts for patient treatment in sessions out with the course.

 

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 College London. 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.

All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Completed applications for April 2020 entry will consist of an online application form, two references, a copy of the applicant's GDC certificate and a CV which should be submitted by the first deadline of 25 October 2019.

Applications will remain open if places are available and the programme will be closed as soon as it is full.

Applications will be considered on a "first come first served" basis according to the date of completion of the application, and candidates will be shortlisted and interviewed on an ongoing basis. Early applications are strongly advised.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. 

 

 

Personal statement and supporting information

As access to patients is required to successfully complete the course, course participants must have access to a clinical environment to allow them to practice the clinical skills developed on the course.

Special consideration may be given to new graduates who are not in secure employment wishing to develop their clinical skills further. In such cases, it may be possible to arrange patient treatment in sessions out with the course (without pay).

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Operative Dentistry checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in operative dentistry, hold a dental qualification and be registered with the GDC.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.

Application closing date

Our first deadline for applications is 25 October 2019 for April 2020 entry. After this date, the programme will remain open if places are available, and will be closed as soon as it is full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. 

 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: N/A - see part-time tuition fees below
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £9,800 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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/EU deposit is £500.

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/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, 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
  • clinical tunics
  • 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

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

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