Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) at University of Kent - UCAS

University of Kent

Degree level: Postgraduate

Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) (Taught)

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Course summary

Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) MSc is a flexible, part-time, work-related programme designed specifically for registered dental care professionals including dentists, therapists, hygienists and nurses who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role. Overview This part-time, flexible, multi-professional Master's-level qualification is suitable for all dental care professionals and offers opportunities for Accreditation of Prior Experiential and /or Certificated Learning or Credit Transfer. Who is the programme for? Dental care professionals including dentists, therapist, hygienists and nurses, who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role. It has been specifically designed to meet the needs of qualified, registered dental professionals allowing them to study part-time while working and managing other personal responsibilities. The programme offers:

  • an innovative, flexible, work-related approach to studies
  • opportunity for Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Certificated Learning or Credit Transfer where appropriate
  • the opportunity to develop the academic, leadership and professional skills necessary to meet the evolving patient-care needs of contemporary practice
  • a multi-disciplinary learning environment
  • a module structure, providing the opportunity to gain credit for individual modules
  • access to University resources and specialist academic and professional services.
Requests for APECL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Certificated Learning) or Credit Transfer You are encouraged to convert prior learning achievements into University of Kent academic credit via Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Certificated Learning. To be eligible for accreditation, prior learning must be at the appropriate and relevant to the programme's learning outcomes. For further information,visit: Study structure Taught by expert academics and clinicians, you broaden your expertise, deepen your knowledge and hone your research skills while gaining a recognised qualification to help progress your career. The programme is delivered through a variety of teaching methods, including taught sessions and work-based learning, self-study, case-study analysis, individual and group tutorials, projects and presentations. Online learning recourses are available on our virtual learning environment. Teaching is structured around a series of extended taught weekends (on average four weekends a year at our Medway campus), Friday - Sunday, 9.00-17.00. Alternative exit awards The programme has the following alternative exit awards, subject to credit numbers:
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice), 60 credits.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice), 60 credits - 120 credits in total.
Global and Lifelong Learning Studying within Kent's Global and Lifelong Learning provision, you will benefit from a work-related, multi-professional learning environment, access to University resources and specialist academic and clinical staff. The programmes are designed to enhance career progression and foster intellectual and professional development and practice. Global and Lifelong Learning is founded on the belief that employers can benefit from the University of Kent’s academic and research excellence, quality teaching, design and development activities to create positive change and to forge new knowledge within their organisation. We work with a wide range of external partners and employers to create distinct and original work-based and work-related developmental and educational solutions, which respond to the unique workforce challenges experienced by employees and organisations across the region and beyond.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. In Stage 1 - Year 1 (PG Certificate) you take the following core modules: WKBL813 - Evidence-Based Practice (30 credits) - Autumn/Spring terms WKBL838 - Professional Standard Setting for Professional Practice (30 credits) - Spring/Summer terms In Stage 2 - Year 2 (PG Diploma) you take the following core modules: WKBL882 - Research Skills (30 credits) - Spring/Summer terms Optional module (30 credits) - Autumn/Spring terms Optional modules (subject to student numbers): WKBL814 - Inter-professional Working (30 credits) WKBL913 - Delivery of Education in Professional Practice (30 credits) WKBL886 - Dentistry in a Contemporary Context (30 credits) WKBL849 - Developing Practice through Mentorship and Coaching (30 credits) WKBL850 - Advancing Dental Professional Practice (30 credits) In Stage 3 - Year 3 (MSc) you take the following core module: WKBL816 - Work-related Project and Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment method

You will be asked to undertake preparatory reading and tasks, carry out work-based investigations and participant-led presentations. All assessment tasks are designed to allow you to develop expertise in the application of dental professional practice within the context of your work and subject interest. Assessment is through oral presentations, written assignments, portfolio assessments, action learning sets. In addition, in Stage 3, you complete a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

How to apply

International applicants

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision. The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. If you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold one of the following: An existing professional qualification with registration to General Dental Council OR A professional qualification in a related field, for example; dental practice management, dental public health or dental health promotion studies. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

Fees and funding

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Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) at University of Kent - UCAS