Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) (MSc)

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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About Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) at University of Kent

Location: Medway

This part-time, flexible, multi-professional Master's-level qualification is suitable for all dental care professionals and offers opportunities for Accreditation of Prior Experiential and /or Certificated Learning or Credit Transfer. 

Who is the programme for?
  • Dental care professionals including dentists, therapist, hygienists and nurses, who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role. 
  • It has been specifically designed to meet the needs of qualified, registered dental professionals allowing them to study part-time while working and managing other personal responsibilities.
The programme offers:
  • An innovative, flexible, work-related approach to studies.
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Certificated Learning or Credit Transfer may be available.
  • The opportunity to develop the academic, leadership and professional skills necessary to meet the evolving patient-care needs of contemporary practice.
  • A multi-disciplinary learning environment. 
  • A module structure, providing the opportunity to gain credit for individual modules.
  • Access to University resources and specialist academic and professional services. 
Requests for APECL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Certificated Learning) or Credit Transfer

You are encouraged to convert prior learning achievements into University of Kent academic credit via Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Certificated Learning. To be eligible for accreditation, prior learning must be at the appropriate and relevant to the programme's learning outcomes. For further information,visit:

Study structure

Taught by expert academics and clinicians, you broaden your expertise, deepen your knowledge and hone your research skills while gaining a recognised qualification to help progress your career. The programme is delivered through a variety of teaching methods, including taught sessions and work-based learning, self-study, case-study analysis, individual and group tutorials, projects and presentations. Online learning recourses are available on our virtual learning environment.

Teaching is structured around a series of extended taught weekends (on average four weekends a year at our Medway campus), Friday - Sunday, 9.00-17.00.

Alternative exit awards 

The programme has the following alternative exit awards, subject to credit numbers:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice), 60 credits. 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice), 60 credits - 120 credits in total.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • theories of reflective practice that will equip you to deliver quality services in health and social care settings
  • leadership styles to develop theory and skills appropriate to your specialist areas of practice
  • strategic decision-making in healthcare services and other health and social care and organisational settings
  • a specialist area of practice, with emphasis on developing clinical skills and your ability to evaluate quality and assess clinical or general practice
  • critical analysis of models of care of patients, clients, service users and consumers through evidence-based practice
  • collaborative working in an area of specialist practice
  • practice-based research and enquiry underpinned by concepts of patient/client assessment, such as the critical analysis of medical, health and social care factors
  • theory-building and theory-testing in professional practice, including holistic factors such as health or disease, treatment and sociologic economic factors
  • data management and the main statistical principles and methods used in your area of practice
  • key ethical and legal principles governing your area of practice
  • a critical understanding of the principles and models of dental care provision and an ability to connect these to individual workplace practice
  • a critical understanding of the professional aspects of the dental practice and the importance of continuous education, training and development.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills to:

  • demonstrate critical and analytical reasoning to review and analyse contemporary practice
  • prepare and present clearly reasoned and justified argument in securing practice change and development
  • apply work-based learning to demonstrably enhance services
  • develop a comprehensive professional portfolio that identifies the utility of intellectual skills in practice
  • design and implement a programme of practice-based enquiry
  • collect and analyse data from your practice to inform evidence-based enquiry including the statistical analysis of data
  • undertake and report the ethical analysis of practice research project plans
  • understand the importance to professionalism of positive critique, response to feedback and reflective practice.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills to:

  • demonstrate effective engagement in team working appropriate to your workplace
  • show an in-depth understanding of change management in healthcare services/practice
  • develop new roles that support the interface between the strategic aims of service and practice
  • present and argue an evidence-based case for service change and development
  • carry out ethical professional practice within a dental workplace setting
  • maintain professional practice and support the development of those who are less experienced.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills to:

  • evaluate and enquire, to support you in making a contribution to professional knowledge in your subject field
  • design and implement a research programme with a clear analysis of the outcomes and recommendations for future action
  • provide clear and detailed reporting and accounting for the implementation and outcomes of an applied development project
  • use action-learning set approaches to solve problems and identify solutions
  • use work-based learning effectively to establish a future personal plan within the context of lifelong professional development
  • use supervision to inform and enhance your learning approaches in the workplace
  • communicate effectively in academic and professional/workplace settings
  • show evidence of critical self-reflection and the ability to enhance professional competence on the basis of feedback.

This programme aims to:

  • foster the intellectual and professional development of experienced healthcare practitioners to expand the analytical and critical reasoning powers that underpin practice (eg in organisational leadership and change, health and welfare systems, organisations and services and advanced technical procedures and practices)
  • enhance the skills of experienced practitioners in multidisciplinary decision making as well as team leadership, and deepen your understanding of the dynamics of multidisciplinary working
  • provide supervision for advanced practitioner-centred research that builds a culture of evaluation and enquiry into the practice environment
  • equip experienced practitioners for their role in challenging, questioning and realigning strategies for specialist practice
  • develop confident senior practitioners who are able to participate in the development of practice, work effectively with organisational interests, evidence-based processes, and within complex multidisciplinary teams
  • enable you to critically evaluate your own area of practice, informed by evidence-based research and grounded in self-reflection
  • provide a culture of lifelong learning that values and respects practice as the context for building and testing theory, to enhance services for patients, clients and consumers
  • enable experienced practitioners from a diverse range of educational backgrounds to access and participate in a multidisciplinary working environment
  • support a programme of personal development that underpins practice development and personal planning.

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