M.Sc. in Restorative Dentistry

Overview

Introduction:

The Master of Science in Restorative Dentistry answers the regional demand for an advanced professional qualification. The University offers this full time postgraduate degree training program which permits the General Dental Practitioner to pursue a training pathway over a minimum of 3 years.

The postgraduate degree program reinforces and builds upon basic skills developed during undergraduate dental training, and facilitates continued professional development. It prepares the candidate to work as a specialist in Restorative Dentistry in private practice, the hospital or community services, or to pursue an academic career.

Mission

Our mission is to provide a Master educational program in the UAE, in order to graduate highly qualified professionals to deliver compassionate and ethical oro-facial health care services. The mission of the Master of Restorative Dentistry Program supports the Mission of the College of Dentistry at Ajman University of Science and Technology.

Goals of the MSRD Program

The goals of this program are;

  1. Prepare highly qualified specialist in Restorative Dentistry to deliver compassionate and ethical oral health care services to patients in specialist practice, community hospitals, and/or academic settings.
  2. Prepare graduate with critical thinking attitude and foster self-directed lifelong learning convictions.
  3. Provide graduates with sound knowledge in the scientific and ethical principles of research to be capable of addressing community oral health needs and contributing to advances in the field of Restorative Dentistry.

MSRD Program Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of the MSRD program are intended to advance the knowledge, skills and competency of the graduate student to achieve the following:

KNOWLEDGE

On successful completion of the program, the graduate will;

1)    Identify and integrate knowledge in the basic and clinical sciences to diagnose and manage patients with complex restorative dentistry needs.

2)    Evaluate and debate advanced concepts in Restorative Dentistry for problem solving and formulating innovative ideas.

3)    Demonstrate advanced knowledge of research concepts, theories and principles in different domains of restorative dentistry.

SKILLS

On successful completion of the program, the graduate will;

1)    Use comprehensive approach for management of patients’ oral health needs taking into consideration systemic, psychological, and socio-economic factors into consideration.

2)    Perform complex restorative procedures independently and consistently under various difficult situations.

3)    Show the ability to appraise and synthesize classical and contemporary restorative dentistry literature as a method of knowledge build up and development.

4)    Demonstrate high level of verbal and written communication skills with patients and other health care professionals.

5)    Formulate a research proposal, conduct a research project, and analyze results and draw appropriate conclusions compatible with sound scientific and ethical principles of human or laboratory research.

COMPETENCE

On successful completion of the program, the graduate will;

Autonomy and Responsibility:

1)    Demonstrate professional practice management aptitudes and take responsibility for critical decisions and governance taking into considerations social and cultural norms.

2)    Analyze and criticize intricate notions and concepts and be able to discuss them with peers and other professionals.

Role in context:

3)    Demonstrate professional leadership qualities and instill values and moral when working with other healthcare professionals.

4)    Organize and manage strategic activities for successful completion of tasks in familiar and/or unpredictable contexts.

Self-development:

5)    Develop critical thinking and self-directed learning to formulate solutions for complex clinical and/or research issues as part of professional development.

6)    Manage complex ethical and moral issues without prejudice when working within a team or as a leader.

Admission Requirements

In accordance with the University requirements for graduate degrees, a candidate to be admitted into the  MSRD  program must fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a Bachelor's degree in Dental surgery from a UAE-recognized university with a minimum Cumulative General Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.
  • Applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction, are required to submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English prior to admission.
  • Applicants with a CGPA between 2.0 and 2.99 on a 0 scale or equivalent or with TOEFL 530 and a CGPA of a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent may be admitted conditionally.
NB: Refer to section 2.2. General admission condition for Graduate program for more detail.

Course Description

Didactic Component Courses

The didactic component of the MSRD program consists of 12 courses.  The following is a description of the didactic courses.

08116100     Dental Basic Science I

This course comprised of lectures and discussions designed to aid the student to expand his/her knowledge in occlusion and its relationship to function and dysfunction of the masticatory system.  The course starts with a description of functional anatomy and physiology of the masticatory system followed by fundamental concepts of applied occlusion and concludes with diagnosis and management of functional and related disturbances of the masticatory system.  Knowledge gained will provide the student with the opportunity to participate in the evaluation and management of patients with complex restorative needs as well as enhances his/her communication skills with other specialists in a multidisciplinary setting.

Prerequisite: None

08116110     Biomaterials

The course is designed to introduce students to the concept that dental materials assume an important role in almost every aspect of restorative dentistry.  Furthermore, a successful treatment outcome is often dependent on the ability of the restorative material to withstand the rigors of the oral environment.  Knowledge of materials science, testing methodology, properties, and manipulation of dental materials used in restorative dentistry will be attained through lectures and discussions.  This will help students in selecting an appropriate material for a particular clinical situation for a successful clinical outcome.

Prerequisite: None

08116120     Esthetic Dentistry

This course is comprised of lectures and discussions designed to aid the student to expand his/her knowledge in diagnosis and management of patients with esthetic expectations. Knowledge gained will enable the student to integrate fundamental concepts of diagnosis and techniques used in esthetic dentistry into the overall patient management to enhance patients’ acceptance and improve the overall success of treatment.

Prerequisite: None

08116130     Implantology

This course describes the diagnostic, surgical, and restorative aspects of dental implants in partially edentulous patients.  Emphasis is placed on diagnosis, assessment of risk factors, treatment planning, and restorative procedures involved in the management of partially edentulous patients. The course helps students become conversant in the surgical aspects of straightforward implant situations, and enhance their ability to assess the need for advanced and complex surgical procedures and refer such cases to the appropriate specialists. Knowledge gained by students will contribute to achieving competency in rendering treatment to partially edentulous patients.

Prerequisite: None

08116140     Biostatistics

This course is comprised of lectures designed to aid the student to expand their knowledge of the basic principles of statistics as it applies to the understanding and interpretation of the dental literature. The emphasis of this course is on the application of statistical tests commonly employed in health research and the interpretation of their results.  This enables the student to critically evaluate dental and medical research and analyze results of his/her own research project.

Prerequisite: None 

08116150     Research Methods

The course considers the nature of scientific knowledge and investigates various processes involved in research. Both the quantitative and qualitative approaches will be studied. The course covers the sources of knowledge, the scientific method in research, and the ethics of research. The important steps in planning a research project and measurement tools necessary for conducting a research project will be covered. The course also discusses the considerations involved in writing a research report and critical appraisal of the literature.

Prerequisite: None 

08116200     Dental Basic Science II

This course focuses on topics of particular interest to restorative dentists in the fields of oral histology, oral pathology, radiology, and periodontology. It is designed to expand student’s knowledge of the etiology and sequelae of diseases of the hard tooth structure namely; caries and tooth wear.  In addition, an in-depth discussion of the etiology and management of the diseases of supporting tooth structures; namely the periodontium and their inter-relationship with restorative dentistry is provided. Furthermore, principles of advanced radiological techniques are discussed. This will, in turn, contributes to student’s ability to diagnose and manage patients with complex restorative needs. 

Prerequisite: None 

08116240     Seminars in Operative Dentistry

This course is held once a week during the second semester of the graduate programs’ first year. The course will generally follow a seminar format in which students will discuss specific topics in Operative Dentistry, with emphasis on techniques applied to single tooth direct and indirect intra-coronal restorations.  Topics cover a selection of materials and techniques used for the management of dental caries, tooth wear, and anomalies affecting the structure of teeth along with complications and survival/ success of such restorations. Knowledge gained from this seminar will contribute to the proficiency of students during clinical management of patients.

Prerequisite: None 

08116250     Literature Review

This course follows a seminar format in which students discuss the fundamental concepts and procedures used in fixed prosthodontics.  While students are expected to be familiar with such basic procedures, the emphasis is placed on gaining an in-depth knowledge of established and emerging concepts and techniques through appraisal of the classical and contemporary literature.  This is done to assure that students will become well conversant in such procedures, which will ultimately contribute to improving their proficiency in the clinical management of patients.

Prerequisite: None 

08117130     New Trends in Restorative Dentistry

This course is comprised of lectures designed to expand students’ knowledge in recent advances in restorative dentistry including operative dentistry, endodontics, and implantology.  Knowledge gained by the student will contribute to achieving competency in rendering advanced restorative treatment.

Prerequisite: None 

08117140     Seminars in Endodontics

This course will be held once a week during the first semester of the second year of the program. It consists of weekly seminars dedicated to reviewing classical and contemporary literature in the field of endodontics. Selected articles covering topics in diagnosis, procedure, and treatment used in endodontics will be appraised and synthesized.  The student learns to critically evaluate the scientific evidence that supports endodontic principles and practice. By the end of this course, students will have gained an in-depth knowledge essential for diagnosis, techniques and procedures, management, and failures/complications in the clinical practice of non-surgical and surgical endodontic therapy.

Prerequisite: None 

08117240     Seminars in Fixed Partial Denture

This course follows a seminar format in which students appraise and synthesize classical and contemporary literature in conventional fixed tooth-supported and implant-supported prostheses.  Furthermore, students evaluate alternative treatment modalities used in the management of partially edentulous patients. Emphasis is placed on assessing factors affecting the prognosis of teeth and prostheses.  In addition, design considerations of different prosthetic treatment modalities used for partially edentulous patients are discussed.  This course contributes to students’ proficiency in clinical practice and enhances their abilities to assist patients in making informed decisions regarding their clinical situations.

Prerequisite: None

Clinical Component Courses 

The clinical component of the program consists of 6 clinical courses.  The following is a description of the clinical component courses.

08116160     Clinical Practice I

This is the first course of the clinical component of the MSRD program. The course consists of clinical patient management and treatment plan sessions under the guidance of clinical instructors. Each student is assigned a number of patients with a variety of comprehensive complex restorative needs.  He/she is required to perform diagnosis, comprehensive treatment planning, and management to address patient-mediated and dentist-mediate concerns.  As a result of the comprehensive nature of patient management, treatment of patients will continue over more than one semester of the program.  By the end of this course, a student should be conversant in performing diagnosis and formulating treatment plan of cases requiring comprehensive complex restorative dentistry.  In addition, he/she should have started treatment of some of the assigned patients. Students should maintain the records of all treated clinical cases for the portfolio that to be submitted at the end of the clinical practice component of the program.

Prerequisite: None

08116260     Clinical Practice II

This is the second course of the clinical component of the MSRD program.  Students continue to treat patients and debate treatment plans under the guidance of clinical instructors.  Students should have made progress toward completing treatment of some patients with a variety of restorative needs.  Students should begin to demonstrate increased level of independence and self-directed learning.  Each student should review the different clinical cases under his/her care with the course coordinator. This is to ensure that he/she has sufficient number and variety of patients to satisfy the graduation requirements.  Each student should document and maintain records of all treated clinical cases for the portfolio that to be submitted at the end of the clinical practice component of the program. 

Prerequisite: 08116160 

08117160     Clinical Practice III

This is the third course of the clinical practice component of the program.  The student continues to treat patients and debate treatment plans under the guidance of clinical instructors.  He/she should demonstrate advanced skills in diagnosis, treatment plan, and management of patients with comprehensive complex restorative needs.  Furthermore, he/she should have made progress towards completing treatment of more advanced clinical cases.  Each student should review the different clinical cases under his/her care with the course coordinator. This is to ensure that he/she has sufficient number and variety of patients to satisfy the graduation requirements.  The student should maintain the records of all treated clinical cases for the portfolio that to be submitted at the end of the clinical practice component of the program.

Prerequisite: 08116260

08117260     Clinical Practice IV

This is the fourth clinical course of the clinical practice component of the program.  The student continues to treat patients and debate treatment plans under the guidance of clinical instructors.  He/she should demonstrate an advanced level of independence and reflective self-directed learning.  Each student should have made progress towards completing more clinical cases with complex restorative needs.  Each student should review the different clinical cases under his/her care with the course coordinator. This is to ensure that he/she has sufficient number and variety of patients to satisfy the graduation requirements.  Student should maintain the records of all treated clinical cases for the portfolio that to be submitted at the end of the clinical practice component of the program 

Prerequisite: 08117160

08118160     Clinical Practice V

This is the fifth course of the clinical component of the program.  The student continues to treat patients and debate treatment plans under the guidance of clinical instructors.  He/she should demonstrate proficiency in the clinical management of patients as well as an advanced level of independence and reflective self-directed learning.  Each student should complete all clinical cases required for graduation and submit a portfolio detailing all clinical cases treated during the five clinical practice courses. 

Prerequisite: 08117260

Clinical Teaching

The process of information transfer in a clinical teaching setting reflects many aspects of knowledge, skills, and competencies.  The role of clinical instructor assumed by the student during this course contributes to enforcing his/her ability to organize the transfer of sound scientific knowledge and demonstrating clinical skills.  Furthermore, it enriches governance, leadership qualities and taking responsibility for critical decisions.  During this, non-credit course, students are assigned teaching sessions for one semester at the undergraduate clinics of the Restorative Dentistry Department, where they will be supervising undergraduate students under the guidance of full-time clinical instructors. 

Prerequisite: 08117260

Research Thesis Component Courses 

Research thesis component consists of 4 courses. The following is a description of the research thesis component courses. 

08117150     Research Proposal

A research proposal is an initial step in the development of the thesis project. Each student will select to investigate a research topic under the guidance of a supervisor(s) who is a full-time staff at the College of Dentistry.  The topic of investigation can be chosen by the student and/or the supervisor, however, the topic needs to be agreed with the supervising staff before the commencement of the project.  The student should formulate a research proposal while observing sound research and ethical principles. The research proposal should demonstrate a contribution to existing knowledge in the field.

Prerequisite: 08116140 and 08116150 

08117250     Thesis Preparation

This course constitutes the second part of the thesis component of the MSRD program.  The student should have obtained ethical approval if required, and conduct the pilot study to confirm the appropriateness of the methods and materials.  Challenges faced during the pilot study should be addressed. Amendments to the proposal in light of challenges faced in the pilot study and emerging literature should be justified. 

Prerequisite: 08117150

08118150     Thesis Preparation

This course constitutes the third part of the thesis component of the MSRD program.  The student will conduct the main study, collect, analyze and interpret the data analysis.  He/she can begin to draw preliminary conclusions and inferences and develop comparisons of his/her results with findings in the literature.  In addition, he/she will begin to evaluate the contributions of his results to the existing literature and suggest future research directions in the topic under investigation.

Prerequisite: 08117250

08118250     Thesis Preparation

This is the final course of the thesis component.  The student will write the final research thesis observing the scientific and ethical methods of report writing.  In the written research thesis he/she describes the investigation in different chapters including literature review, statement of the problem, methods and materials, results, conclusions, and references.  He/she will then submit the completed written thesis for oral defense.  This course will contribute to aspects of knowledge, skills, and competencies expected at the graduate level. 

Prerequisite: 08118