Restorative Dentistry (MSc, Pg Dip, Pg Cert - Online Learning)


Program Description

Programme description

Please note this programme was previously advertised as Primary Dental Care

This part-time, online modular programme provides masters-level education for general dentists, with a particular emphasis on restorative dentistry.

The structure of the degree is designed to meet the needs of dental practitioners from all over the world.

The programme develops your ability to take an evidence-based approach to clinical practice and to assess and provide quality primary dental care.

*(Revised 20 February to reflect programme name change)

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

Each course will run over a period of five or ten weeks (depending on the credits) with participation in online discussions and completion of timed tasks being a compulsory part of the process.

The programme is supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE) and all the educational material is available online. Coursework for assessment is uploaded to the site and there is an active student discussion board available alongside tutor-led discussions.

Maintenance of a portfolio of evidence is an essential component of assessment. Students are strongly encouraged to include a reflective element and to maintain a personal journal.

There is a significant commitment of time required to complete this programme and applicants should be aware that they will be required to take part in weekly tutorials and discussions. It is estimated that between 15-20 hours of clinical time and personal study will be required each week.

You may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level. There is also the opportunity to register for PPD or CPD for individual courses.

Year 1 (certificate) and Year 2 (diploma) courses include: *

  • Introduction to Clinical Evidence
  • Introduction to Dental Clinical Photography
  • Oral Health Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Assessment and Management of Occlusion
  • Treatment Planning
  • Prevention and Management of Dental Caries
  • Endodontics in Primary Dental Care
  • Periodontal Management in Primary Dental Care
  • Indirect Restorations
  • Restoration of the Edentulous Space

In Year 3 (masters), you will complete a research dissertation or clinical management project and carry out clinical case reports.

An annual summer school will be run in the Edinburgh Dental Institute to reinforce the clinical-skills coaching element of the teaching.

*(Revised 20 February to update the list of courses).

Career opportunities

This masters degree does not allow entry to any specialist lists, but it will aid promotion in a general dental practice career pathway, particularly within a salaried service.

General Dental Practitioners who wish to be involved with teaching or research will also find this an important qualification.

Entry requirements

A primary dental qualification (such as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery), or its international equivalent, plus a minimum of one years' post-qualification experience in general dental practice or equivalent.

*(Revised 20 February 2019 to provide clarification on post-qualification experience.)

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)

Fees and costs

Tuition fee deposit

Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £1,500 before an unconditional offer can be made. This will be offset against tuition fees upon entry to the programme.

Programme fees

Tuition Fee: Restorative Dentistry (Online Learning) (MSc) - 3 Years (Part-Time)

Academic Session Home/EU Overseas/International Online Distance Learning Additional Programme Costs
2019/0 N/A N/A £6,900 £0

Tuition Fee: Restorative Dentistry (Online Learning) (PgCert) - 1 Year (Part-Time)

Academic Session Home/EU Overseas/International Online Distance Learning Additional Programme Costs
2019/0 N/A N/A £6,900 £0

Tuition Fee: Restorative Dentistry (Online Learning) (PgDip) - 2 Years (Part-Time)

Academic Session Home/EU Overseas/International Online Distance Learning Additional Programme Costs
2019/0 N/A N/A £6,900 £0

Scholarships and funding

UK government postgraduate loans

UK nationals, those with settled status, and some EU nationals not resident in the UK could be eligible for a postgraduate loan towards fees - and in some cases living costs.

Application deadlines

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

Last updated November 2019

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