This course is designed for graduates in dental surgery who wish to pursue a career in prosthodontics. The clinical specialty of prosthodontics has been recognised in the UK through the publication of the Chief Dental Officer`s Report on specialist training.
The course can contribute the first two years of a three-year specialist training programme in prosthodontics. However, only applicants who meet the entry requirements of the Joint Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry (JCSTD) will be considered for the three-year programme. Transfer from the two-year to the three-year programme will not be possible after the course commences.Course contentThe programme will provide clinical training (60 per cent), formal taught elements (25 per cent) and an opportunity to undertake research (15 per cent) in prosthodontics.
It includes all aspects of fixed and removable prosthodontic care including exposure to implant dentistry. Instruction will be by tutorials, lectures and clinical demonstration, together with self-learning techniques. A major part of the course will be clinical prosthodontic care of patients under direct supervision.You will take five course components:The scientific basis of prosthodontic care
The relationship of other dental disciplines to prosthodontic care
A supervised project or investigation with a dissertation
Diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with advanced prosthodontic problems
Clinical treatment involving combined prosthodontic and other dental therapy. AssessmentYou will take written, clinical, practical and oral examinations, including the presentation of patients for whom you have provided prosthodontic therapy integrated with other restorative dental therapy. The assessment will be in three parts:
The scientific basis of prosthodontic care
Combined prosthodontic and other restorative dental therapy
Assessment of a dissertation.
If you have already obtained an MSc in Conservative Dentistry or Prosthetic Dentistry you may be exempted from the first year of the course and the Part 1 and Part 3 examinations.Entry requirementsYou will need a primary qualification in dental surgery and satisfactory completion of two years’ professional experience. For students whose first language is not English an IELTS band score of 7.0, a TOEFL score of at least 610 or an equivalent alternative qualification is required. The course is recognised by the relevant UK Specialist Advisory Committee as forming part of training leading to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST). All candidates wishing to train on a programme leading to CCST must be eligible for registration with the General Dental Council and hold MFDS. Where equivalent qualifications or experience are being offered, it is essential that the candidate provides written confirmation from the Royal College and attaches this to their application. Applicants who do not provide this confirmation will not be put forward for short listing. Appointment to a programme leading to CCST must be by competitive entry, subject to the ratification of the Dean of Postgraduate Dentistry.