MSc Advanced Restorative Dentistry / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Our Restorative Dentistry course is aimed at dentists who want to develop skills in this area.

You will cover areas such as:

  • aesthetic considerations in restorative practice;
  • current techniques, materials and clinical advances in restorative techniques;
  • patient communication and advanced treatment planning of patients;
  • tooth replacement;
  • current clinical techniques for soft tissue management;
  • working as part of an interdisciplinary team to ensure comprehensive aesthetic restorative care to patients.

You will also gain practical experience of the following through the mandatory hands-on component of the course, which is completed during a residential in both years of the course:

  • advanced anterior/posterior restorations and aesthetics;
  • complex treatment planning;
  • occlusion;
  • bonding and cementation;
  • indirect restorations. 


This course aims to:

  • provide innovative teaching and learning that enhances current knowledge and clinical skills in advanced restorative dentistry;
  • present sound academic theory and high-quality practical training in advanced restorative dentistry concepts by world-class mentors;
  • provide you with the confidence and ability to enhance your current clinical practice by incorporating the latest advances in technology and research, ensuring evidence based practice as well as biocompatible, functional and long-lasting restorative care;
  • deliver learning using the latest technology, enabling you to access the course regardless of place or time zone while maintaining your dental practice.

Teaching and learning

The majority of the learning resources will be online. The course uses recorded lectures to create an integrated learning programme, using the best of new media and technology.

The course is designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning. The emphasis of the MSc is on a self-directed learning approach.

In addition, your online learning will be supplemented by attendance at two residential courses to complete the hands-on portion of the course.

Coursework and assessment

The majority of course unit assessments will be completed online, including the MCQ examination, and will include the preparation and presentation of clinical and written work, and competency case assessments.

For the Research Methods component, formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments.

Read more about methods of assessment .

Course unit details

The MSc comprises five course units and a dissertation (180 credits):

  • Fundamentals in Restorative Dentistry [30 credits]
  • Issues in patient management [30 credits]
  • Research Methods [15 credits]
  • Operative Dentistry [15 credits]
  • Complex Treatment [30 credits]
  • Dissertation [60 credits]

The PGDip comprises five course units (120 credits):

  • Fundamentals in Restorative Dentistry [30 credits]
  • Issues in patient management [30 credits]
  • Research Methods [15 credits]
  • Operative Dentistry [15 credits]
  • Complex Treatment [30 credits]

Students who wish to continue to an MSc on successful completion of the mandatory PGDip course units [120 credits] must complete:

  • Dissertation [60 credits]

The PGDip runs for 18 months and finishes at the end of July.

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
Online Dissertion Unit DENT60030 60 Mandatory
Research Methods DENT61010 15 Mandatory
Understanding Academic Malpractice DENT77007 0 Mandatory


You will have access to the University's online library .

Disability support

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