The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Endodontics provides extensive teaching of contemporary endodontics for general dental practitioners and hospital dental staff. Developed through collaboration between the University of South Wales and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board this is the only course of its type in Wales.
The Clinical Endodontics course is designed to strengthen knowledge and understanding in the field of endodontology, improve clinical skills in all aspects of endodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical treatment, and hopefully lead to increased job satisfaction. You will undertake clinical work placements at the Department of Restorative Dentistry at Morriston Hospital and Port Talbot Resource Centre. Lectures will take place on the University’s Glyntaff campus.
The first year involves attending 14 full days (mostly Fridays)
You will spend three days at the University of South Wales’ Glyntaff campus studying the Research Methods module.
There will be an emphasis on lecture and seminar-driven teaching before progressing to the hands-on, clinical components. Lectures and “Phantom-head” type teaching will occur over six days toward the beginning of year one, and live clinical practice occurs over six further days in the second half of the year. In year two you will undertake further self-study and develop your practice case reports.
Course materials (including access to electronic journals) are made available after lectures via the University's online portal Blackboard.
The course is designed around your needs, so you can choose a rate of study that best fits your development needs or career ambitions. For example, you may choose to exit the course after the first year with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) and return to achieve the Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) at a later date. The maximum time frame for completion of the Diploma is five years.
Assessments take the form of written assessments and case reports. Clinical assessment involves both live patient and phantom head testing. A Viva Voce examination is required at the end of the second year.
Applicants require Bachelor of Dental Surgery (equivalent international qualifications are acceptable) and current registration with the GDC.
They should also be employed in primary dental care or in a junior hospital position.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Graduates of this Clinical Endodontics course will, with continued practitioner experience, become skilled in endodontic techniques and have opportunities to tailor their practice in becoming a Dentist with Special Interest (DwSI). It is likely that a PgD qualification such as this will enhance your prospect of joining DwSI lists as and when created by local health boards.
It is anticipated that this course could also be used as accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) towards other postgraduate Masters programmes in endodontology or dentistry. You can also progress to a generic Masters qualification at University of South Wales.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.