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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 3rd September 2018. 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

The minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 UK degree or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject.  Degree disciplines such as Medicine, Dentistry, Dental Technology, Chemistry, Biology or related subjects in the Sciences will be considered. A QM graduate certificate in dental technology awarded at the level of merit. A dental technology foundation degree (two years' post-initial qualification experience) may be considered. Applicants may be required to satisfy a practical test.

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 3rd September 2018. 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

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £12,700
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £20,390
Part-time study is not available for this course

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 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

Profiles

Mr Andreas Tsoutsos (winner of Drapers' Company Prize)

What was your experience and did the course meet your expectations

Studying at the University of Queen Mary was a unique experience which provided me with the necessary tools to excel in my field. I had the chance to meet extraordinary people and work alongside them, who were eager to share their knowledge with the students and push them to produce work of the highest academic standard. The course surpassed my expectations as far as the technical and research work was concerned. Working on such a high level was inspiring and motivating.

 

Acquired new skills and Knowledge/ Challenging

Throughout the academic year we attended numerous lectures and seminars which provided us with in depth knowledge on Occlusion, Implantology, Dental Materials and many more. The technical work and laboratory seminars were challenging and led to the growth of our technical skills.

 

What did you find most useful/ interesting about the course?

The whole course was planned in such a way that the students graduate having absorbed all the essential knowledge in order to apply themselves in a laboratory or even in an academic position. All the members of the staff were so eager to help and aid the students in order to get them to achieve great results in their essays, research work and technical work. I will never forget that.

 

What do you think of the new dental school facilities/staff/students?

The facilities of the Dental Hospital provided us with all the necessary tools in order to reach and maintain academic work of the highest level. The dental laboratory as well as the research laboratory are equipped with instruments and materials of the latest technologies and the course is a great way for someone to be introduced or even improve his/her skills in a laboratory.

It was really inspiring to work alongside world class researchers whose office doors were always open in order to aid the students as much as they could.

Attending lectures and seminars with students from other courses was very inspirational and exciting. We got to meet students from all over the world and work side by side with them, exchanging views, experiences and discussing about Dentistry on a higher level. Furthermore, the fact that we got to shadow some of the best clinicians in the field and work collaboratively with them, was a once in a lifetime experience.

 

Would you recommend anyone thinking of joining the course?

I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in obtaining a greater understanding of Dental Technology to attend the MSc in Dental Technology of Queen Mary. It was a challenging year of my life, which equipped me with a great number of skills in order to tackle the everyday working life with the correct mindset and with huge success. I never forget my year at the University of Queen Mary and I will be forever grateful to my tutors.

 

How had the course enhanced your career prospects?

Upon finishing my academic year, I was immediately employed at a Dental Laboratory in London and also had offers from other jobs in the field of dentistry.

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