Our course will enable you to develop advanced skills and knowledge in restorative dentistry. Building on basic principles, the course provides consultant-led clinical and laboratory practice. You will undertake restorative cases requiring both routine and complex treatments. This involves treatment planning, clinical procedures and technical work.
The course has a substantial clinical component with clinically related sessions accounting for 60%. Specialists and consultants provide clinical teaching and supervision, supported by a comprehensive seminar programme. You can find profiles of our staff on the School of Dental Sciences website.
We provide an evidence base for restorative dentistry and opportunities for applied research. The research element of the course contributes to 40% of the final mark. You will undertake a research project that contributes to the Centre of Oral Health Research (COHR) research profile. You will also have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned researchers in the COHR.
Our graduates have progressed to careers in:
- enhanced dental practice
- specialist practice
- restorative consultancy (in the UK and abroad)
- senior academic posts
The course is highly reviewed by our external examiners and by former students. Our students always emphasise the importance of engaging with like-minded and enthusiastic colleagues.
This is a full time taught course. Part time study is only available for those enrolled on a Northern Deanery training programme (eg Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry).
We deliver teaching through:
- laboratory courses
- clinical teaching
- research sessions
All teaching takes place during the day at our Newcastle campus. We make full use of our partnership with the NHS, involving:
- nursing staff
The School of Dental Sciences is modern, occupying a spacious, purpose-built facility. We enjoy well-equipped, light and airy clinics. You will have access to our dental e-learning portfolio (identity). We will also loan you a tablet device to facilitate and encourage engagement with the evidence base during treatment clinics.
We have a range of research laboratories and a clinical research facility. This enables us to offer clinical training/research opportunities of the highest international standard.
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The curriculum includes the following elements which run concurrently:
- fixed prosthodontics and conservation (including laboratory techniques)
- removable prosthodontics
- dental materials science
- interrelated subjects
- research dissertation (including a statistics course)
- instruction in the use of personal computers, including reference management
Knowledge and skills outcomes
Detailed study guides are available for each element giving advance details of seminar preparation. Each of the two years is divided into three terms giving a total of six terms.
Clinical experience involves:
- clinical skills training (operative, prosthodontics, occlusion, implant dentistry, management of temporomandibular disorders)
- supervised patient treatment sessions
- diagnostic clinics
- laboratory work (including a laboratory course)
- observation of consultant treatment
Students start patient treatment in the second term. This is three treatment sessions per week and two diagnostic clinics. The treatment sessions are in endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics (fixed/removable and conservative/operative dentistry).
This pattern continues between the second and fourth terms. In terms five and six there are three general restorative sessions per week.
There is continued exposure to diagnostic clinics and observation of consultants providing treatment. Clinical-related activity accounts for approximately 60% of scheduled time.
The aim is to expose students to principles and practicalities of performing dental research. Projects range from:
- laboratory studies
- analysis of new data sets
- systematic reviews
- short-term clinical studies.
Research projects are identified and allocated during the first term. By the end of the first year, students need to complete a first draft of their literature review. They have established their methodology.
More time is available for research during the second year. The dissertation is handed in at the beginning of August.
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Fees & Funding
Full time: £25,200
Part time: £12,600
Full time: £25,200
Part time: £12,600
Full time: £39,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
At least one year of post qualification experience by the start of the course, although we prefer two years of experience.
For clinical access you must have the required immunisation against blood-borne viral disease. You must not have any disease which would constitute a hazard to patients. You will be given a health check soon after registration by the Occupational Health Department of the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.
There is no formal interview for entry to this course, but we may request contact via Skype to talk about your application. We encourage you to visit the School of Dental Sciences to discuss your studies. Alongside your application please submit a personal statement including:
- details of clinical, academic and research experience you have gained since qualifying
- the reasons why you want to study restorative dentistry
- the reasons why you want to study at Newcastle University
The course starts in September.
Applications for September 2018 entry are now open. The closing date for entry is May 2018, however, we recommend you apply as early as possible as places are limited.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £3,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.