Dental Technology - MSc/PgD/PgC (Distance Learning)
The programme offers specialist training building on an initial qualification in dental technology.
There are no required attendances to Cardiff Metropolitan University for this programme as it is delivered via distance. This will necessitate students accessing video conferencing over a PC with a broadband connection. There will be weekly meetings within each module. Students are expected to carry out at least 6 hours of practical work per week in their laboratory/workplace throughout the academic year.
Completion of 60 credits at each stage is required. At Certificate and Diploma levels, students study modules from a selected specialist area which may include fixed prosthodontics (conservation), removable prosthodontics (dentures) and orthodontics. For example, module titles include, complex complete and partial dentures, precision attachments, implants, fixed and myofunctional orthodontic appliances.
There are several Work Based Learning modules involving case studies, personal and portfolio development. Research modules are also available preparing candidates for the Masters’ if required. At this level a research project and preparation of a publishable article must be undertaken. The research topic is agreed between the student and their allocated supervisor.
Employability & Careers
The qualifications allow application for the post of Senior Dental Technician and above within the health service (at MT0 3/A4C Band 6 or higher). Successfully completing the programmes would also allow those in the private sector to carry out more demanding work with an associated higher earning potential.
Due to the specialist nature of the programmes, an initial qualification in dental technology is required. Applicants should have a good honours classification (1st or 2:1) in a dental technology degree. Exceptional entry applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Such applicants will need to demonstrate that they are able to benefit from the programme.
School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Postgraduate Certificate: One year
Postgraduate Diploma: Two years
MSc: Three years
Attendance for this programme is by a low attendance mode. This will necessitate students accessing video conferencing over a PC with a broadband connection. About 5 attendances per year will be required but a commitment in time of about 6 hours per week of the academic year.
Certificate and Diploma Modules are assessed by practical and theoretical examinations, written or practical assignments or a combination of these. The Masters’ component (part 2) is assessed by a dissertation worth 60 credits.
Applicants are assessed against the eligibility criteria mentioned above through completion of an application form.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.