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Dental Technology

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )

Overview

If you are a dentist, dental technician or a scientist who wants to gain a better research knowledge of dental technology and dental materials, this is the training course for you.

On this course you will be taught elements of dental technology, CAD-CAM, implantology, occlusion, aesthetics and materials. Teaching is carried out by our clinical consultants, chief technicians and dental/biomaterials experts in the Institute of Dentistry. This course is designed for future leaders in the field of dental technology or dental biomaterials and has generated award winning students and those who have gone on to take up prominent posts in academia and research.


This programme will:

  • Give you an improved scientific base and research skills
  • Teach you alongside our clinical postgraduate students, a unique feature of this programme
  • Allow you to interact with clinicians, attend implantology clinics and technical practice sessions and also attend management leadership and presentation skills courses.

Applications are processed upon receipt. The application deadline is 31st August in the year of entry. However, we reserve the right to receive further applications after the deadline and make decisions on those applications subject to places being available.

Why study your MSc in Dental technology at Queen Mary?

The School of Medicine and Dentistry has an unrivalled tradition of excellence in research and teaching extending as far back as 1123 with the founding of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The London Hospital Medical College was the first Medical School in England, founded in 1785, and our Dental School was established well over a century ago. We are ranked 3rd in the UK for Dentistry (Guardian University Guide 2017) and our research is ranked among the best in the UK according to the most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF 2014).


In April 2014, QMUL’s new Dental School opened its doors to patients and students - the first new dental school in the UK to be built in 40 years. The £78m new school houses the most modern dental facilities in the UK, following more than a decade of planning and work. The new premises provide cutting-edge technology, superb education and research facilities for clinical dentistry and a vastly improved patient experience.


Students’ postgraduate learning experience is enhanced by our fantastic location in the east of London. Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live and work but we also serve a diverse local community, where students develop their clinical skills and knowledge. Moreover, the Dental School offers students many exciting opportunities to develop an understanding of health and the treatment of disease in a global and international context.

 

 

Facilities

You will have access to a range of facilities including: medical and dental libraries located at the Royal London and at Bart's hospitals, as well as the Mile End library.

You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including:

  • Fully equipped dental laboratories at Whitechapel with casting, heat extrusion, CAD and laser welding technologies.
  • A range of high temperature furnaces for glass/ glass-ceramic making.
  • Thermal Analysis Lab for characterisation of glasses and polymers.
  • Room and High temperature X-ray diffraction.
  • Mechanical Testing Facilities.
  • Spectroscopy Lab and nano-scale profilometry.
  • NanoVision Centre; our state-of-the-art microscopy unit bringing together the latest microscope techniques for structural, chemical and mechanical analysis at the nanometer scale http://www.nanovision.qmul.ac.uk/
  • Nanoforce Technology  - a world leading advanced materials processing company in the development of advanced polymers and composites and high performance ceramics http://www.nanoforce.co.uk/ having a state of the art laboratory e.g. Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) and Nanospider equipment.

Postgraduate Dental students have access to a Dental Metrology Unit equipped with facial laser scan and facial image analysis.

You will have access to laboratories and equipment, including those at the Blizard Institute with its world class facilities, to carry out state-of-the-art biomedical research, including:

  • Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratories; five dedicated cell culture laboratories, a molecular biology facility and general purpose laboratories
  • Confocal microscopy unit, incorporating two confocal microscopes, enabling advanced 3D imaging of living cells.

 

Structure

Dental technology is available to study at MSc or PGDip, full-time for one year.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Research Methods
  • Properties of Dental Materials/Processing Methods
  • Occlusion
  • Introduction to Implantology
  • Aesthetics
  • Advanced Technical Practice
  • Research Project and Report
  • Management, Leadership and Communication Skills
  • Research Project.

Contact

Dr Michael Cattell
PGT Academic Selector and Course Lead
Email: m.cattell@qmul.ac.uk

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Patricia Devlin
PGT Dental Programme Student Support Manager
Tel: 020 7882 8930
Email: p.devlin@qmul.ac.uk

Entry requirements

  • A degree (minimum of second class honours) in dentistry or a subject relevant to dentistry, such as basic sciences or medical/bioengineering, or the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience.
  • A dental technology foundation degree, a minimum of two years' post-initial qualification experience, and the ability to demonstrate advanced technical expertise in the field. Applicants may also be required to satisfy a practical trade test.
  • A recognised qualification in dental technology through assessments, including a written examination of a standard comparable to a three-year foundation degree in dental technology, or a graduate certificate in dental technology awarded at the level of merit.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential and non-native English speakers are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with a writing score of 6.0 at the start of the course.

Other international qualifications may be acceptable, please contact the Admissions Office for clarification.

If you do not meet the language requirements it might be possible for you to undertake a pre-sessional programme that will prepare you for the masters programme. Queen Mary's Summer Pre-Sessional programmes.

Applications are processed upon receipt. The application deadline is 31st August in the year of entry. However, we reserve the right to receive further applications after the deadline and make decisions on those applications subject to places being available.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge.

Teaching is in the form of lectures, small group seminars and technical practice sessions. In addition to the formal seminar programme, time is set aside for readings, reviews, discussion and problem solving for student projects, practical exercises and feedback.

The course will offer students the opportunity to become familiar with the issues of study design, data analysis and critical thought. The course aims to offer a high teacher/student ratio so that access to advice and ease of communication can be assured.

You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Assessment methods used include: written examinations; essays; practical assessments; oral examinations; a technical case submission and presentation; (MSc only) a written research project report and presentation.

Dissertation

The MSc research project is conducted under supervision and is evaluated by thesis, presentation and viva examination.

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £12,250

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £19,700

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

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