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What can I expect from the first module of my MSc Restorative Dental Science?

What can I expect from the first module of my MSc Restorative Dental Science?

The world of dentistry is evolving and so should you. New technologies, practices and methods are shaping the future of dentistry - while at the same time, new cases are becoming even more complex with increasing patient care needs. For dentists to respond and stay ahead of these changes, it is vital to keep learning, researching, and arming themselves with suitable qualifications to move up the ladder.

The $16.5 billion global dental industry is only expected to keep growing, and to keep up with this demand, it's sometimes helpful to refresh your knowledge of how dental diseases develop in the first place. To do this, a postgraduate degree is an ideal way to do this within your own practice setting.

MSc in Restorative Dental Science

The University of Plymouth’s online and part-time MSc in Restorative Dental Science is a good place to improve your skillset and knowledge. The course is carefully designed with the busy dental practitioner in mind, to provide flexible world-class learning and support to further enhance your career in dentistry wherever you are in the world.

You will benefit from an evidence-based approach to studying restorative dental science and gain in-depth knowledge of the theories and concepts behind your practice. Developing a thorough understanding of the subject and having a new dimension of analysis to clinical dilemmas will help you to become more confident in your work.

This programme covers a variety of monospecialist disciplines, such as endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and implant dentistry, but it begins by teaching the fundamentals.

Understanding Pathogenesis and Diagnoses of Dental Diseases and Dental Materials

The first module of the MSc in Restorative Dental Science is called ‘Pathogenesis and Diagnosis of Dental Diseases, and Dental Materials’. At a glance, this means you will explore the basic science behind common diseases in relation to restorative dentistry.

The module will also discuss how such diseases affect teeth and hard tissue as well as how to choose the right materials to repair the damage, or even replace it when necessary. For example: Understanding periodontal disease, how the disease process works and how to form meaningful diagnoses.

Learning outcomes

As a registered clinician, you will already have a firm understanding of pathogenesis and diagnosis, however, this module aims to build on your ability to assess, diagnose and create optimal treatment plans for your patients in a timely manner. You can expect detailed study materials with guided collaborative activities and discussions along with lectures and seminars to support you throughout the course.

You will also be exposed to a deeper understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the oral hard and soft tissues through guided self-learning, tutorials, online critiques and more. Valuable advice from experts and specialists in the industry will also be available to you, to enrich your learning even more.

Once you learn advanced techniques that can be used to diagnose and understand a dental problem in module one, you will gain the necessary skills to simultaneously use them in your own dental practice. This will further improve your ability to provide a high standard of care to your patients.

Having a module that includes the interactive application of your new knowledge to real-life clinical issues will help embed these concepts and allow you to better employ them in the future.

You will gain all the required tools to understand the pathogenesis and diagnosis of common dental diseases, and your learning will equip you with expert knowledge on their management. Learn more about the other modules you will take as part of the MSc Restorative Dental Science on our course page:

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