University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire


Our programme provides the busy general dental practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a dentist with special interest (DwiSI). This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner. We offer students 15 clinic placements in which we provide the patients at the UCLan Dental Clinic during their diploma programme. Work in the early part of the course will comprise plenary lectures and practical sessions in our phantom head facility and work on pig�s heads and similar systems. As students move through the course they will progress to working on live patients under close supervision within UCLan Dental Clinic Facility. Here skills will be developed and assessed through direct observations of procedural skills (DOPS).

Entry requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course must be: Qualified as a dental surgeon and have a licence to practice dentistry; registered with the General Dental Council (or equivalent); in professional practice or have a hospital appointment for a minimum of 2 years; registered with a Defence Union - possessing indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level; possess a current certificate of immunisation against communicable disease (Hepatitis B); have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent). Competency may be demonstrated by qualification, accreditation of prior learning or separate University assessment. Applicants must provide evidence of their IELTS Level 7 certificate (or equivalent), GDC Certificate and Indemnity Insurance by either uploading a copy upon on-line application or providing a copy with their completed paper application.

Course modules

Modules include: Clinical knowledge of prosthodontics; clinical skills for prosthodontics; appraising the dental literature; enhanced clinical knowledge of prosthodontics; enhanced clinical knowledge of prosthodontics; enhanced clinical skills for prosthodontics; evidence based dentistry; extended clinical practice module; dentistry professional project.

Assessment methods

Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), and essays.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

Key information

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01772 892400