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MSc (Clin) Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Our three-year MSc (Clin) Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics course is designed for dental practitioners who want to further their knowledge of prosthodontics up to specialist level.

You will develop skills in providing a range of procedures, including complex removable prostheses, implant-supported prostheses, integrated fixed and removable prostheses, and restoration of tooth wear using direct and indirect materials.

You will also gain an insight into clinical and technical skills, contemporary prosthodontic techniques, scientific understanding of fixed and removable prosthodontics, diagnosis and treatment planning and reflective prosthodontic practice.

You will undertake up to five clinical sessions per week where you will see, assess and treat patients. You will have the option to undertake more extensive treatment plans with further experience in the broader area of restorative dentistry.

Completion of this course will make you eligible to sit the MPros Royal College examination.

In addition, you will develop research planning and implementation skills through the dissertation unit.


This course aims to:

  • provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues involved in the scientific basis of fixed and removable prosthodontics;
  • develop your knowledge, skills and attitude to enable critical evaluation and problem solving for prosthodontic problems to allow you to practice independently at the appropriate level;
  • provide you with knowledge and clinical experience of fixed and removable prosthodontics (including an appreciation of an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive patient care);
  • ensure you are competent in the design and interpretation of original clinical research (including data collection and statistical analysis);
  • enable you to plan, implement and complete a research project showing initiative and personal responsibility.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.

You will learn through clinical sessions, e-learning, lectures, clinical skills training, technical/laboratory skills training, seminars, and specialist courses in implants and endodontics.

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Coursework and assessment

Research Methods

Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments.


Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments.

Specialist clinical component

You will be assessed via a variety of formative and summative methods. These include patient logs, submission of clinical and technical skills work, written assignments and structured essay papers, Multiple Short Answer (MSA), Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Question (EMQ) papers, Objective Structured Long Examination Record (OSLER), mini-case write-ups and structured oral examinations.


You will also produce a dissertation that is 10,000-15,000 words in length.

Course unit details

Specialist clinical component (90 credits)

Full-time students typically undertake up to six sessions per week over 45 weeks for the clinical component of the course

The specialist clinical component comprises six units:

  • Clinical and Technical Skills (15 credits)
  • Scientific Understanding of Fixed and Removable ProsthodonticsI and II (15 credits each)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (15 credits)
  • Reflective Prosthodontic Practice (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Prosthodontic Techniques (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Biostatistics (15 credits each)

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation provides training in identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project.

Teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.

Examples of dissertations submitted include:

  • An investigation to evaluate fracture resistance of fibre-reinforced crowns
  • The effect of isolating solution on the attachment and retention of candidal species on denture acrylic
  • A comparative assessment of dentists' perceptions of smile aesthetics in facial and dental views
  • The outcomes of providing dental implants to patients with risk of osteoporosis of the mandibular bone
  • A comparison of prosthodontic treatment plan prescribing provided by vocational dental practitioners and their trainees in England

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
MSc Dissertation DENT60020 60 Mandatory
Research Methods DENT61010 15 Mandatory
Biostatistics DENT70001 15 Mandatory
Clinical & Technical Skills DENT70111 15 Mandatory
Diagnosis & Treatment Planning DENT70112 15 Mandatory
Scientific Understanding of Fixed & Removable Prosthodontics 1 DENT70121 15 Mandatory
Reflective Prosthodontic Practice DENT70122 15 Mandatory
Scientific Understanding of Fixed & Removable Prosthodontics 2 DENT70131 15 Mandatory
Contemporary Prosthodontic Techniques DENT70132 15 Mandatory

What our students say

The best thing about this course is the amount of hands-on clinical work I have been able to do over all three years. My skills have improved remarkably and I have become much more confident as a dentist and specialist.

Salma Abdulhadi


You will have access to dedicated postgraduate suites at the University, as well as extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We will invite you to participate in a number of conferences and courses. Some selected seminars will also provide you with CPD hours.