Oral Health Science MSc

What is special about this course?

The exciting and innovative MSc Oral Health Science* is the first of its kind. A customised programme for qualified, registered dental therapists, it will also be of direct relevance and interest to other clinical dental professionals, including dentists.

Clinical topics include periodontology, paediatrics, prevention, and direct restorations, as well as subjects related to leadership, management, and communication. Through focused research at Masters level, you will gain the skills and opportunity to develop your role in the evolving dental teams of the future.

The course is designed to provide innovative education by using online delivery whilst linking closely to your clinical practice within your professional setting. There is a particular focus on studying treatment approaches for patients with extensive periodontitis, as well as the treatment of children, especially those who may be anxious.

Prevention plays an important role and this method will be examined in practice. The work of a dental therapist, in particular, focuses on the use of direct restorations, so you will also investigate different approaches to treatment and materials. 

The programme meets the QAA benchmarks for dentistry in terms of prevention, treatment, knowledge, and understanding, and in the development of skills and attitudes in the postgraduate student through analysis, evaluation, critical exploration, and treatment approaches.

*subject to validation

Special features

  • Completely on-line
  • Access to personal academic tutors 
  • Optional modules available
  • Virtual learning environment and innovative communication with tutors and other students
  • Flexible learning enables you to continue working
  • Investigate and apply skills attained during the BSc Oral Health Science
  • Meets all of the General Dental Council's domains of practice for educational and continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Single-qualified dental hygienists and dental therapists are encouraged to apply for a bespoke route to Masters
  • Directly related to the clinical work of the hygienist and therapist but also of interest to others, including dentists

Entry requirements

  • This course is suitable for dental hygienist/therapists and dentists, with a BSc Oral Health Science or above, a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy, or an equivalent clinical qualification in Dentistry
  • Applicants must be in clinical practice or have worked in clinical practice within the last two years
  • Those with a single Diploma in Dental Hygiene or a Diploma in Dental Therapy may also apply, with evidence of an additional 3 years of clinical experience
  • All applicants must be Registrants with the General Dental Council (GDC) at the time of study
  • A bridging module may be an option for students who wish to undertake an introduction to Postgraduate learning prior to embarking on the course

PgCert

Therapists, dual-qualified therapists/hygienists, and dentists
You will select one core module from the following:

  • Periodontology in practice
  • Paediatric dentistry: a team approach
  • Developing preventative practice
  • Direct restorations in practice

You will also select two option modules from the following (students wishing to continue on to Masters must choose at least one of the Masters route modules, either during the PgCert or PgDip):

  • Research methods and techniques - UN811989 (Masters route)
  • Mixed methods and action research - UX311997 (Masters route)
  • Periodontology in practice
  • Paediatric dentistry: a team approach
  • Developing preventative practice
  • Direct restorations in practice
  • Ethics in health and wellbeing - UM211981
  • Leading the contemporary workforce - UN211014
  • Effective communication - UP911001
  • Introduction to lean healthcare quality improvement - UB711011
  • Introduction to patient safety in integrated health and social care environments - UB911976
  • Informatics in health and social care - UG410938

Single-qualified hygienists
You will study the following core module:

  • Periodontology in Practice

You will also select two option modules from the following (students wishing to continue on to Masters must choose at least one of the Masters route modules, either during the PgCert or PgDip):

  • Research methods and techniques - UN811989 (Masters route)
  • Mixed methods and action research - UX311997 (Masters route)
  • Ethics in health and wellbeing - UM211981
  • Leading the contemporary workforce - UN211014
  • Effective communication - UP911001
  • Introduction to lean healthcare quality improvement - UB711011
  • Introduction to patient safety in integrated health and social care environments - UB911976
  • Informatics in health and social care - UG410938

PgDip

Therapists, dual-qualified therapists/hygienists, and dentists
You will select one of the remaining modules from the PgCert core module list:

  • Periodontology in practice
  • Paediatric dentistry: a team approach
  • Developing preventative practice
  • Direct restorations in practice

You will also select two of the remaining modules from the PgCert option module list (students wishing to continue on to Masters must choose at least one of the Masters route modules, either during the PgCert or PgDip):

  • Research methods and techniques - UN811989 (Masters route)
  • Mixed methods and action research - UX311997 (Masters route)
  • Periodontology in practice
  • Paediatric dentistry: a team approach
  • Developing preventative practice
  • Direct restorations in practice
  • Ethics in health and wellbeing - UM211981
  • Leading the contemporary workforce - UN211014
  • Effective communication - UP911001
  • Introduction to lean healthcare quality improvement - UB711011
  • Introduction to patient safety in integrated health and social care environments - UB911976
  • Informatics in health and social care - UG410938

Single-qualified hygienists
You will study the following core module:

  • Developing preventative practice

You will also select two of the remaining modules from the PgCert option module list (students wishing to continue on to Masters must choose at least one of the Masters route modules, either during the PgCert or PgDip):

  • Research methods and techniques - UN811989 (Masters route)
  • Mixed methods and action research - UX311997 (Masters route)
  • Ethics in health and wellbeing - UM211981
  • Leading the contemporary workforce - UN211014
  • Effective communication - UP911001
  • Introduction to lean healthcare quality improvement - UB711011
  • Introduction to patient safety in integrated health and social care environments - UB911976
  • Informatics in health and social care - UG410938

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc, you will complete a final project or dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed to be fully online, we can confirm that there is no change to the delivery. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course and will be able to meet your fellow students, lecturers and personal academic tutor through video conferencing.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured)

How long will my course last?


  • Part-time (structured): 3-6 years @ 20 hours per module per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

This course is delivered fully online, including video conference lectures and tutorials. You can study from your home location anywhere in the UK. However you will be enrolled and get support from staff at the above campus.

Start date

  • September
  • January

Fees

Fees payable for this online postgraduate course depend on your assessed fee status:

2020-21Scottish (SC) or EU*Rest of UK (RUKO)
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850

*EU students with a term-time address in Scotland.

2019-20Scottish (SC) or EU*Rest of UK (RUKO)
Per module £560 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

This course is not available to students domiciled outside of the UK or for international students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:

  INTOINTO
  2019-20 2020-21
Per module (20 credits) £960 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2,880 £2,940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £5,760 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £8,640 £8,820

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You will gain a recognised qualification which demonstrates application of clinical understanding and knowledge at postgraduate level, meeting CPD requirements for the regulator and potentially aiding professional progression.

Upon successful completion of MSc Oral Health Science, you might like to consider careers or sectors such as:

  • Programme director of BSc Oral Health Science courses
  • NHS roles which require this academic level of achievement
  • Leadership and management roles in the clinical setting
  • Senior dental therapist roles may be possible in some employment areas

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider further study in areas such as: professional doctorates; and masters by research.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Oral Health Science MSc

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

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