MSc in Restorative Dentistry
Not all University qualifications are the same and it is often difficult for potential applicants to compare “like with like”. Our programme is a quality assured and externally assessed University degree delivered within the SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) credit system. This is equivalent to the rest of the UK and Europe and is transferrable within these other systems. Each year will deliver the equivalent of 60 SCQF, 30 ECTS or QCF credits. Our fee includes the cost of the annual clinical skills hands-on course (the only additional cost would be travel and accommodation if required).
The programme begins in September each year.
In 2020 our summer school event had to move online because of government restrictions to travel and movement of people. This event will only run, as a face to face teaching event, in future years when government restrictions allow.
The Masters degree takes 3 years to complete with exit points at the end of each year. That means that it is possible to exit after 1 year and be awarded a certificate, or to exit after 2 years and be awarded a diploma.
In addition it is possible to register for CPD or PPD and participate in one course at a time.
You will be expected to maintain a log book of clinical cases that you have treated in your own general practice or clinic throughout each clinical course for the purposes of reflection and to share with your tutor to aid progress. These cases will not be formally assessed.
You will be expected to have access to a dental clinical camera and a semi-adjustable articulator in order to complete the log-book of cases. Further information is available from our programme team - please email for the advice sheets.
No, all assessment is in the form of continuous assessment. You will be asked to participate in timed tasks, tutor-led discussion board topics, group projects and to submit written coursework in the form of essays, reports, case discussions and reflective accounts. You will also be expected to maintain a reflective journal.
You will be asked to pay your deposit by the closing date for applications and the first year’s fees will be invoiced at the beginning of September, in the year of study, in order to give you access to our virtual learning environment and all the library and other resources to support the programme.
Further information about payment of fees can be obtained here:
Most practitioners find that a senior colleague, vocational trainer, vocational training adviser, CPD tutor, study group leader or similar colleague is the most appropriate. The idea behind asking for a reference is so that the University can ask your referee to confirm your professional identity and to comment on whether you have the necessary attributes to complete a postgraduate degree programme. Most of our applicants have been qualified for too long to expect one of their undergraduate tutors to provide a reference and so we are very willing to accept colleagues who have been involved in your professional development since qualifying.
Please note that the University admissions team require to be able to validate your reference. Please make sure that you provide a professional email address for your referee (from an academic institution, dental clinic, or other business address) as they do not accept online email accounts like hotmail and gmail or similar. Please also ask your referee to use headed notepaper and sign the reference before submitting using the links provided by the admissions team.
This would be a scanned copy of your license to practice within your own country (for instance in the UK we would expect to see a scanned copy of your registration certificate from the General Dental Council).
We would normally expect to have a letter using headed notepaper from either your employer or a clinical manager confirming that you are working in a general dentistry clinical environment and that you will have access to a sufficient number of patients to complete the requirements of the coursework assessments.
This degree programme has been running since 2007 but was upgraded and improved in 2013 and then again, more recently in 2018. The new version concentrates on restorative dentistry within general dental practice but still uses the successful format of online learning.
The international reputation of Masters degrees from the University of Edinburgh is very high – we are a Russell Group University and have been ranked in the world’s top 20 universities in the Times Higher Education World rankings. Our medical and dental graduates are well known and respected throughout the world. Our online learning degrees are quality assured and externally verified in exactly the same way as our on-campus programmes and there is no difference in the degree awarded.
Graduates from our existing MSc in dental primary care degree have found that this degree opens up opportunities in the general dental practice career pathway. All of them have extended the treatments offered within their own practice and have reduced the number of cases that they refer to specialist practices. Some have been promoted into senior roles within the salaried GDP service. A number have been accepted as clinical tutors within dental schools or within vocational training schemes.
Most of our online tutors are graduates from this programme. Although we are now concentrating on the restorative dentistry content within the programme, the same high standards apply.
Please see our testimonials page for further information.
This programme is designed to be accessed online and so the number of hours per week are given for guidance only. You will be expected to read literature, watch videos, listen to lectures and access interactive teaching material. You will have "tasks" to do each week, or every few weeks, that relate to the topic of the current module. Some of those tasks will be clinical and you will photograph your own treatment of patients and submit them for feedback from your tutor. You will have an online tutor assigned to your group who will interact regularly with you. Other tasks will involve participating in discussion boards with your group.