MSc Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics (Dental Specialties) / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Our MSc Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics (Dental Specialties) course is ideal for dental practitioners who want to learn more about this field.

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.

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

Dentists requiring specialist training in this field may be interested in our three-year MSc (Clin) Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics course .


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 an appropriate level;
  • provide you with knowledge and clinical experience of fixed and removable prosthodontics 
  • 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 and technical sessions, seminars, e-learning and lectures.

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Key academic staff

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 between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.

Course unit details

Specialist clinical component (90 credits)

Full-time students typically undertake up to five sessions per week over 45 weeks for the clinical component of the course (2-3 sessions per week for part-time students in each of the two years).

The specialist clinical component comprises six units:

  • Clinical and Technical Skills (15 credits)
  • Scientific Understanding of Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics I 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


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 students to participate in a number of conferences. Some selected seminars will also provide you with CPD hours.