Paediatric Dentistry DDSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 36 months  
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: Please see the 'Entry Requirements' tab for full list of requirements.
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Module details

The DDSc is a 3-year full time Doctorate programme comprising 540 credits. The programme has 180 credits in year one mostly at master's level and 360 credits in years two and three at doctorate level.

All modules are mandatory i.e. must be passed, and make up the taught, clinical and research components of the programme.

The programme consists of 5 core modules and 4 speciality specific modules.

Compulsory modules

Research Protocol (CDEN299)
LevelD
Credit level60
SemesterResearch Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce a specialist capable of the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of professional practice, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Be able to conceive, design a substantial process of research with scholarly integrity and communicate with their peers and the larger scholar community.

(LO2) Be able to produce a concise written report and demonstrate a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry were used to create and design a research protocol.

(S1) Information and communication technology

(S2) Working with others

(S3) Time management

(S4) Improving own learning and performance

(S5) Professionalism

(S6) Professional and Research skills are embedded throughout the programme using activities such as workshops, a weekly Journal Club and conferences. The Journal Club runs weekly and students are expected to present to the class in rotation.

Clinical Research and Investigation (CDEN304)
LevelD
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce a specialist capable of a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of professional practice

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate a systematic acquisition and understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

(LO2) Undertake a research, evidenced-based critical appraisal of treatment techniques in named patients.

(S1) Information and communication technology

(S2) Working with others

(S3) Time management

(S4) Improving own learning and performance

(S5) Professionalism

(S6) Professional and Research skills are embedded throughout the programme using activities such as workshops, a weekly Journal Club and conferences. The Journal Club runs weekly and students are expected to present to the class in rotation.

Doctoral Thesis (CDEN399)
LevelD
Credit level180
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To produce a specialist capable of the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication

To produce a specialist capable of the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of professional practice, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.

To produce a specialist capable of a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate a systematic acquisition and understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

(LO2) Conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of professional practice, adjusting the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.

(LO3) Undertake pure and/or applied research at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas, or approaches and produce a concise written report to communicate with their peers and the larger scholarly community about their areas of expertise.

(S1) Information and communication technology

(S2) Working with others

(S3) Time management

(S4) Improving own learning and performance

(S5) Professionalism

(S6) Professional and Research skills are embedded throughout the programme using activities such as workshops, a weekly Journal Club and conferences. The Journal Club runs weekly and students are expected to present to the class in rotation.

Assessment , Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Paediatric Dentistry (CDEN261)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

The module aim is for the student to acquire cognitive, psychomotor and interpersonal skills in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and provision of core clinical practice within Paediatric Dentistry;  to obtain informed consent  in relation to children and adolescents;  to develop detailed knowledge in safeguarding children and young people to prepare the students for specialists Paediatric Dentistry practice. 

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge required to obtain relevant clinical, social, cultural and medical information from children and carers. 

(LO2) Demonstrate a systemic understanding and knowledge required to obtain informed consent in relation to child and adolescent patients and work with other relevant agencies

(LO3) Demonstrate a detailed comprehension of child cognitive development and behavioural sciences and their application to Paediatric Dentistry

(LO4) Demonstrate a systematic understanding and knowledge required for assessment, diagnosis and provision of clinical care in Paediatric Dentistry.

(LO5) Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the knowledge required to identify and manage suspected child abuse and neglect

(S1) Examine paediatric patients appropriately to devise a differential diagnosis of oral conditions

(S2) Apply knowledge of genetics and systemic factors relevant to oral health on the paediatric clinic

(S3) Apply knowledge of communication strategies to communicate with children who have a range of developmental stage and behavioural needs

(S4) Design, deliver and monitor care plans for paediatric patients

(S5) Apply knowledge of behaviour patterns and psychology in the non-pharmacological management of anxiety

(S6) Apply ethical and legal frameworks in assessing the ability for children and adolescents to consent for care

(S7) Recognise possible child abuse and neglect and refer appropriately and/or take appropriate action

Dental Management of the Anxious Child (CDEN262)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

The Modules aims to consolidate and advance the student's knowledge and skills required to  provide comprehensive management of children with appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacological behaviour management techniques.

The modules prepares the students to practice conscious sedation techniques in children and comply with contemporary guidance.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of pharmacological and non-pharmacological techniques used in the management of paediatric patients.

(LO2) Understand, interpret and apply the ethical and legal aspects of managing child/adolescent behaviour in the dental setting including the delivery of conscious sedation and treatment under general anaesthetic.

(LO3) Demonstrate systematic acquisition and application of the range of pain and anxiety control techniques in children.  

(LO4) Understand, interpret and comply with contemporary guidance relating to the environment, facilities and equipment required for conscious sedation.

(LO5) Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of the limitations, benefits and risks of conscious sedation techniques in children.

(LO6) Demonstrate systematic understanding and mangement of medical emergencies in clinical and simulation settings.

(LO7) Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the caries process and how variables may interact to render children and adolescents to be caries prone.

(LO8) Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of the key role of preventive care in the management of caries in childhood and adolescence.

(S1) Undertake skilled, competent and safe procedures in the practice of conscious sedation

(S2) Communicate with the dental team to provide effective and appropriate pain and anxiety management

(S3) Apply knowledge of behavioural patterns and psychology in the management of anxiety and anxiety related behaviour in the dental setting

(S4) Deal with complications or emergencies which may arise during conscious sedation

(S5) Deliver comprehensive restorative care and exodontia for children and adolescents under general anaesthesia

(S6) Construct and deliver effective and appropriate preventative, restorative (including endodontic) and surgical treatment plans for children and adolescents with dental caries and those with non carious lesions

Dental Management of Children With Complex Medical and Dental Needs (CDEN361)
LevelD
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

The module aims to consolidate and advance the student’s skills and knowledge required to provide independent Paediatric Dentistry practice through holistic management of children with complex medical and dental needs; to enable the students to diagnose and manage dental trauma to a specialist’s level.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of the key conditions which may complicate the delivery of dental care and how to deliver safe and effective care

(LO2) Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge of dental materials to inform clinical decisions for use in differing clinical situations

(LO3) Make informed judgements and demonstrate a specialist level of skill in the management of children who have suffered dento-alveolar trauma

(LO4) Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of diagnosis and management of periodontal disease in children and adolescents

(S1) Provide safe and effective treatment for children /adolesecent suffering from cardiac, haematological, oncological, neurological, metabolic and endocrine disorders and those undergoing organ transplantation.

(S2) Diagnose and manage periodontal disease in children and adolescents

(S3) Diagnose and manage dento-alveolar injuries in childhood and adolescence

(S4) Deliver effective care to children and adolescents suffering from dental developmental anomalies

(S5) Choose the most appropriate restorative material and techniques for the treatment of children with complex needs

Multidisciplinary Paediatric Dentistry (CDEN362)
LevelD
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

The module aims to consolidate and advance the student’s knowledge and skills to provide independent Paediatric Dentistry practice to specialist level through holistic management of patients within multidisciplinary dental, medical and social care teams; manage children with soft and hard tissue pathology and abnormalities in eruption.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of the role of the Paediatric Dentist in multidisciplinary diagnostic and management teams for children and adolescents with complex dental problems

(LO2) Demonstrate understanding of the diagnosis and management of mucosal soft tissue and hard tissue pathology in children

(LO3) Demonstrate systematic understanding of surgical techniques relevant to the management of impacted and supernumerary teeth

(LO4) Demonstrate understanding of malocclusion and abnormalities of tooth eruption including diagnosis and interceptive orthodontic management

(S1) Diagnose problems in the developing occlusion, plan and deliver interceptive orthodontic intervention in the primary and mixed dentitions using removable or simple fixed appliances including space maintainers

(S2) Provide effective care for children with cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies

(S3) Recognise and manage mucosal, soft and hard tissue pathology occurring in and around the mouth in children and consult /refer where necessary

(S4) Demonstrate leadership and team working skills and be able to participate in multidisciplinary care when appropriate

(S5) Demonstrate skills in managing children with impacted and supernumerary teeth