Applied Dental Professional Practice - MSc programme, part-time, three year
25 September 2019
30 June 2022
University of Kent Centre for Professional Practice
Medway campus, Chatham Maritime, ME4 4AG
Level 7 Master's qualification in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare
Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) MSc is a flexible, part-time three year postgraduate programme designed for dental professionals who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role.
This Master's programme has been designed to encourage you to think more deeply about the challenges associated with your professional practice while enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career aspirations.
The programme is taught part-time at weekends (on average 6 weekends a year) over three years at our Medway campus which is about 30 min drive from London.
Government loans for postgraduate study are available (subject to eligibility criteria).
Exploring a specific area of your profession you will consider the professional challenges associated with your practice and develop academic skills. You will gain the opportunities to analyse the current debates relating to key issues relevant to the professional dental context in which you are working and develop academic and professional skills necessary to meet the evolving needs of patient care of contemporary practice.
Studying within the Centre for Professional Practice, you will benefit from a transdisciplinary learning environment, access to University resources and specialist academic and clinical staff.
In Stage 1 you take the following core modules:
Evidence-Based Practice (15 credits); Professional Standard Setting for Dental Professional Practice (30 credits); Dentistry in a Contemporary Context (15 credits).
In Stage 2 you are given the opportunity to choose modules from the list: Research Skills (15 credits); Inter-professional Working (15 credits); Developing Practice through Mentorship and Coaching (30 credits); Advancing Dental Professional Practice (30 credits); Power Dynamics within Professional Practice (30 credits); Learning and Development (30 credits); Qualitative Research Methods Applied to Professional Practice (15 credits); Special Area of Study (30 credits).
Or you can select optional modules from the wider University catalogue.
Stage 3 - Dissertation (60 credits)
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.