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Paediatric Dentistry

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry ( 3 years Full-time )

Overview

If you are a dental graduate who wishes to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry, this programme is for you. The Professional Doctorate Programme in Paediatric Dentistry provides an integrated three years training for dentists who aspire to be specialists, either in primary or secondary services, or clinical academics of the future.

The DClinDent Degree integrates academic activities with clinical practice and research up to level 8 of FHEQ and covers all the topics in the GDC (UK) Specialist Curriculum. The degree is full-time and will provide a sound basis for developing an academic career and for preparing for a career as a specialist in the discipline of Paediatric Dentistry. Completion of this programme can lead to Membership in Paediatric Dentistry of The Royal College of Surgeons, and full active membership of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.

This programme will:

  • Familiarise you with up-to-date, novel and evidence based clinical practices in paediatric dentistry
  • Give you hands-on training with children and adolescents
  • Allow you to participate in medical paediatric clinics
  • Provide research training to professional doctorate level.

The application deadline is 31st January 2017.  Once we have received applications by the deadline the first selection process will begin. We reserve the right to receive further application after the deadline and make decisions on those applications in July/August subject to places being available.

Why study your DClinDent in Paediatric Dentistry 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.

  • This programme is recognised by the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • It is part of the training for Membership of the Paediatric Dentistry
  • It is well established, since 1985

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.

Postgraduate Dental students will have access to laboratories and equipment, including those at the Dental Biophysics and Material Departments in Mile End, and Blizard Institute in Whitechapel, with their world class facilities, to carry out state-of-the-art biomedical research, including:

  • X-Ray Microtomography, Optical Coherence Tomography, facial and body laser scanners.
  • Nanovision units with novel scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes.
  • Confocal microscopy unit, incorporating two confocal microscopes, enabling advanced 3-D imaging of living cells.

Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratories; five dedicated cell culture laboratories, a molecular biology facility and general purpose laboratories.

Structure

DClinDent in Paediatric Dentistry is currently available to study full-time for three years.

The aim of the DClinDent programme is to extend knowledge and skills in Paediatric Dentistry beyond the level obtained as an undergraduate and to prepare the candidate for a professional career as a specialist in that discipline.

The components of the programme are designed to accomplish this aim:

  • A programme of seminars, practical classes and other didactic sessions commencing with an introductory course and reviewing the clinical and scientific scope of the subject to determine its evidence base.
  • Supervised clinical and as appropriate laboratory practice in which treatment planning and clinical procedures are performed for selected cases, including a number of complex treatments.
  • Work-based learning, clinical audit / service evaluation project as to evaluate clinical practices.
  • A research investigation leading to a dissertation in which the candidate is required to demonstrate the application of scientific method to a problem of relevance to the subject area.

Full-time

Undertaking a professional doctorate 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

  • Core Knowledge and Clinical skill in Paediatric Dentistry.
  • Research I – Research Project progression report I + Clinical Portfolio initial report.
  • Advanced Clinical Skill and Science and in Paediatric Dentistry.
  • Research II - Research Project progression report II + Clinical Portfolio and Service Evaluation preliminary reports.
  • Consolidated Clinical Skill and Science in Paediatric Dentistry.
  • Research III –Dissertation – Research Project Final Report + Service Evaluation Final Report + Clinical Portfolio Final Report.

In addition to your studies, you have a chance to interact with external specialists, through an extensive seminar series held within the Institute of Dentistry, the Blizard Institute and Queen Mary as a whole.

Contact

Professor  F S L Wong
PGT Academic Selector and Course Lead
Email: f.s.l.wong@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

You should have a primary qualification in Dentistry - BDS or equivalent, plus two years full-time (or equivalent) post qualification clinical practice of dentistry, including 6 months full-time experience in paediatric dentistry.

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 overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a writing score of 6.5.

Please note that in order for your application to be considered you must have obtained a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 at the point of submission of your application.

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 January 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.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one–to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers.

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

Each module is assessed separately, including essays, written, clinical and viva voce examinations.

Dissertation

You will also be assessed on a supervised dissertation (limited to 50,000 words).

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full time £24,700

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full time £43,250

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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