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MClinDent Advanced General Dental Practice

Key facts

Start date

Duration/mode 36 months

UK/EU fees Not applicable

International fees £126,000 (total)

Entry requirements

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in every skill


This full-time course is open to international applicants only.

This unique course will advance your skills and clinical development in general dental practice providing core skills in oral health, patient challenges and dealing with complex dental cases. The course has a heavily clinically-based nature and is the only course in the UK that provides an integrated postgraduate clinical education.

The course has been designed in close collaboration with General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) to provide flexible, tailored support and will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills to provide more complex care for patients.

Aimed at experienced dental surgeons seeking personal, professional and clinical progression the course will develop your problem solving skills within a patient-focused clinical setting.

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Course content

Using specially designed Case-Based Learning, you'll be able to relate your learning to a simulated clinical case, thereby embedding your newfound knowledge in a meaningful and useful way.

The programme includes:

  • Content across all General Dental Practice disciplines
  • High quality supervised clinical education
  • Innovative Case-Based Learning materials
  • Teaching in small groups
  • World-leading virtual experience in our clinical rehearsal suite
  • Access to advanced haptic training simulations
  • Teaching by tutors who really understand the needs of general dental practitioners
  • Mentoring from an experienced, practising general dental practitioner

Modules total 120 credits each year of which 40-60 credits will be clinical practice.

Year 1

This suite of modules aims to update your knowledge in new innovations and emerging evidence to provide a firm foundation on which to build your new skills.

Pillars of Oral Health (20 credits)
Takes the knowledge and application of the scientific evidence behind prevention and management of the key dental diseases to a more advanced level.

Patient Challenges (20 credits)
Expands applied knowledge of more complex and challenging patient interactions.

Managing Dental Aesthetics and the Worn Dentition (20 credits)
Will consider dental appearance and indications for restoration of tooth surface loss.

Clinical Practice
Refreshing and Refining Skills (60 credits)

The rehearsal of clinical skills will be validated before progression to management of real cases in the clinics of the Dental Institute.

Year 2

Year two develops higher level skills in more complex and challenging situations.

Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery (20 credits)
Equips you to diagnose and manage more complex oral medical and surgical issues.

Endodontics and Traumatology (20 credits)
To develop and apply a higher level of knowledge in this discipline.

Advanced Periodontology and Restorative Dentistry (20 credits)
Consideration will be given to complex issues in periodontology and restorative dentistry.

Research Methodology and Statistics (10 credits)
Prepare for the final year independent research project with this research skills module.

Clinical Practice
Developing and Expanding Skills (50 credits)

Applied knowledge gained in case-based learning modules is translated into the clinical setting.

Year 3

Year three culminates in an original independent research dissertation giving you the opportunity to explore your area of interest in-depth. There is also a Clinical Audit Project where you will be able to choose an area of practice in which you wish to undertake an audit project.

Research dissertation (40 credits)
You will undertake an individual project and so deepen their understanding of the philosophy of research, ethics and ethical approval, good practice and research methodology. You will gain experience of working within research groups with clinical and non-clinical colleagues.

Clinical Audit Project (10 credits)
Discuss how you can improve clinical practice to make a positive difference to your patients. The project includes how to plan an audit, collect different types of data and how to compile, analyse and interpret data and implement change.

Multidisciplinary Management of the Complex Case (20 credits)
This module addresses multi-disciplinary issues such as diagnosis and management of atypical facial pain and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Clinical Practice
Dealing with Complexity and Challenge (50 credits)

This module develops more complex skills in challenging situations in a supported environment.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Learning and teaching

Teaching will take place in small groups as a series of modules covering case based learning platforms and enhanced clinical education at the Leeds Dental Institute.

You will be taught by staff with a wealth of General Dental Practice experience. Learning will be tailored to General Dental Practitioners.

You will have access to our world-leading virtual learning platform including the use of the largest clinical rehearsal suite in Europe.


You will be assessed on your ability to apply your knowledge of advanced dental practice alongside competency of performing clinical procedures.

Assessment of professional standards is a key feature and includes the submission of a “living” portfolio covering a professional development plan, 360 degree feedback, results of patient surveys and personal reflection.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

The course requires a Primary Clinical Dental qualification that is acceptable to the University of Leeds: BDS, BChD or equivalent.

Three years full time (or equivalent) post-graduation clinical experience in General Dental Practice.

Letter of recommendation from two Senior Clinicians.

Accreditation of prior learning may be given for applicants who have undertaken other recognised programmes at an equivalent level.

International qualifications

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in every skill. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

How to apply

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Applications will open 1st September 2017

Application deadline: 30th July 2018.
Late applications may be considered on an adhoc basis.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: Not applicable
International fees: £126,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

You must pay a £1,500 deposit when you accept your offer to secure your place on the programme.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

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Career opportunities

This unique programme includes extensive clinical experience and assessment of skills and will support your clinical development to an Advanced level. These higher level skills will be invaluable to future employers in your home country and will allow you to upskill in core competences in dentistry.

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