University of Chester

Programme Specification
Restorative Dentistry PGCert
2015 - 2016

Postgraduate Certificate

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

University of Chester

Red Square (MANDEC)

The Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC)

Postgraduate (Taught)


Classroom / Laboratory,

1 year

3 Years

Annual - September



17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Health and Social Care Health and Social Care

QAA Master’s Degrees, Dentistry -

Health and Social Care Postgraduate Module Assessment Board

Monday 1st July 2013

The programme aims to enable dental practitioners to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained both through their original dental qualification and their subsequent practice. Study of restorative dentistry at level 7 is seen as a way of facilitating practitioners to develop expertise in their field and potentially become leaders in that field.

The aims are:

  • To enable registered dental practitioners to develop their skills in assessment and diagnosis of conditions suitable for restorative treatment (‘restorative disease').
  • To enable registered dental practitioners to critically appraise the treatment options for patients with general restorative disease, and successfully carry out the required treatment.
  • To enable registered general dental practitioners to avoid iatrogenic damage during treatment, and to successfully resolve restorative treatment failures.
  • To develop clinical skills and the knowledge base in restorative dentistry.

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate advanced treatment planning of a complex case e.g. an advanced toothwear case.
  • Appraise and evaluate critically the options and potential benefits of a wide range of treatments, and be able to compare and contrast them.
  • Critically assess and evaluate the evidence base for advanced treatment in specific clinical cases.
  • Reflect critically on acquired knowledge and skills concerning restorative dentistry.
  • Develop analytical and cognitive skills in the functional areas that concern restorative dentistry.
  • Develop an extensive knowledge of the scientific and clinical literature relating to restorative dentistry, and be able to evaluate the quality critically.

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate self-direction, independence of thought and the ability to think logically and critically.
  • Access, analyse and process information applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
  • Utilise higher level analytical and clinical decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrate independent learning ability when working as a reflexive and autonomous practitioner.
  • Demonstrate originality when exercising innovative and creative thinking strategies.

The graduating student who exits at this level will be able to deal with complex problems in a rational manner, and will have the ability to apply these skills to the reality of restorative dental practice.

Practical Skills

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced clinical skills in endodontic, periodontic and prosthetic dentistry, and an understanding of dental implants.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical skills by the management of an advanced clinical case that is written up.
  • Be competent to identify the clinical errors in a case.
  • Be competent to alter a patient's occlusion, and manage an alteration in occlusal vertical dimension.
  • Translate an understanding of technical challenges in re-organising a patient's occlusion into practice.

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate self-direction in both formal and informal learning environments.
  • Communicate effectively both at individual and organisational levels.
  • Be competent in the use of IT.
  • Work autonomously and collaboratively, and lead a team.
  • Demonstrate higher literacy and numeracy skills.

Transferable Professional Skills

  • Professionalism/management skills
  • The skills necessary for a career as a researcher and/or for employment in a senior and leading capacity in a relevant area of professional/clinical practice or industry.
  • Self-assessment/evaluating their own achievement and that of others.
  • Self-direction and effective decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations.
  • Independent learning and the ability to work in a way that ensures continuing professional development.

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate self-direction in both formal and informal learning environments.
  • Work autonomously and collaboratively, and lead a team.

The postgraduate certificate in Restorative Dentistry is designed to provide the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part time educational route to acquiring the skills and knowledge required to assess and treat more complex restorative cases. The underlying philosophy of the programme is to develop highly skilled competent dentists who can apply their knowledge of contemporary practice and evidence-based principles to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

The programme is offered on a modular basis with the three modules being delivered in a series of four 1 day blocks each. These contact hours will be held on a Saturday to facilitate attendance for busy practitioners. The programme is modular in design and adheres to the structure benchmarked by the QAA Master's Degree Characteristics (2010). The modules have internal integrity and are linked together to form a coherent programme of learning, and this denotes their normal sequencing.

The programme comprises three 20 credit modules with 200 hours of associated teaching and learning activity. For each 20 credit module, the time required to prepare for, and to produce, assessable work is calculated as 200 hours inclusive of time spent in class contact with lecturers. The contact hours (direct teacher/learner interaction) are within the recommended range for level 7 modules i.e. 20-35 hours of student contact. To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, the student must successfully complete 60 credits at level 7. This programme will be offered on a part-time basis, over the University of Chester's recommended period of one to three years; students will therefore be taking a minimum of one and a maximum of three modules per year. The programme thus requires that the student completes a total of 200 hours x 3 modules = 600 hours.

Students who successfully complete the postgraduate certificate can progress onto a full MSc in Restorative Dentistry if they so wish, and it is envisaged that students undergoing the programme will become effective practitioners in restorative dentistry, and will be able to exercise higher levels of judgement and discretion.  

Modules have been designed and structured to meet benchmarks set out in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (2008), using the stated descriptors of level 7 study as the reference point.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
NM7145 7 Patient assessment, treatment planning and occlusion 20 Comp
NM7146 7 Fixed and removable prosthodontics 20 Comp
NM7147 7 Endodontics and periodontology 20 Comp

The student must successfully complete all three 20 credit modules to exit with 60 credits and the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Restorative Dentistry.

Students must pass every component and module, with a minimum mark of 40%.

  • Be qualified as a dental surgeon and be registered with the appropriate registering body within their country of practice.
  • Be working in professional practice.
  • Hold valid professional indemnity insurance.
  • Be qualified at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent (if English is not the applicant's first language).
  • Students from outside the EU will require a student visa.
  • All international applications will be processed through the international office to enable UK equivalence to be determined by UK NARIC.

The programme is written in line with the recommendations of the Guide to training and training posts in restorative dentistry (2001) written by the Joint Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry. It also notes the comment by the Association of Consultants in Restorative Dentistry: ‘The speciality of Restorative Dentistry has a close inter-relationship with General Dental Practice and it is common to find Consultants in Restorative Dentistry heavily committed to the organisation and provision of postgraduate courses in their region.'

The learning and teaching methods selected for the programme are reflective of the guidance outlined in the QAA (2010) document Master's Degree Characteristics.

A range of learning and teaching methods will be employed during the delivery of this programme, with an emphasis on practice simulation. The use of simulation in postgraduate dental education promotes the transition from theory to practice, and supports and reinforces ergonomics and the development of competence. It broadens the students' previous clinical experience by using models and advanced computer technology to mimic real patient conditions. Students will not be engaged in direct patient care, but will have the opportunity to practise their skills in a safe environment and critically reflect on their own practice. The programme will also make use of the University and the partner's virtual learning environment which will enable streaming of taught sessions. Blended learning will also be utilised where appropriate, with students having access to a wide range of learning materials online.

All methods of learning and teaching will emphasise student-centred techniques. These will facilitate the student to become an increasingly autonomous learner, able to identify their own learning needs and goals within the parameters of the programme aims and outcomes. The programme team are committed to fostering the personal and professional development of the students. The critical and analytical development of knowledge, synthesis and understanding will be promoted by the students' involvement in debates, discussions, project work, case study examination, critical reflection, tutorials, and via the support of their personal academic tutor.

Thus a wide range of interactive methods will be used, and the acquisition of core knowledge, skills and attitudes will be through a combination of:

  • Practice simulation, including debriefing.
  • Practice observation and demonstration.
  • Seminars.
  • Lectures, which are interactive and encourage discussion and debate.
  • Online resources.
  • Audio-visual resources, such as podcasts, videos and interactive case studies.
  • Tutorials including interactive tutorials.
  • Discussion groups.
  • Peer learning.
  • Critical reflection/reflective diaries.
  • Formative assessment.
  • Self-directed learning/tutor-directed learning.
  • Presentations and seminars by visiting lecturers.
  • Case studies.

The programme will provide an induction and students will be invited to the postgraduate induction day, where details of support mechanisms, library services and University regulations will be provided. This knowledge will then be reinforced in the student handbook.

The assessment strategies and methods selected for the programme are reflective of the guidance outlined in the QAA (2010) document Master's Degree Characteristics.

The programme will utilise a range of academic module assessments that reflect the need to assess the student's knowledge and understanding. Students will be required to undertake a wide range of assessments to meet the academic requirements of the programme including:



Assignment (% weighting)



Essay focusing on patient assessment (2500 words) (50% weighting).



Essay focusing on determining treatment options (2500 words) (50% weighting).



Short best answer (SBA) (50% weighting)



Extended matching questions (EMQ) (50% weighting)



Reflective clinical assignment: Students must prepare a report of two restorative dentistry cases from their practice which includes their recorded clinical images (2500 words per case report, 5000 words in total) (100% weighting).

All aspects of the assessment strategy will be used to evaluate transferable/key skills and, where relevant, mapped against national benchmarks.

Formative assessment will form an integral part of every module including presentations from practice and self-assessed multiple choice questionnaires, and there will be further opportunities for formative assessment according to the University guidance on student drafts.

Postgraduates are expected to be at the forefront of contemporary practice, and to offer leadership and direction to their profession. The Postgraduate Certificate in Restorative Dentistry offers students the opportunity to achieve this, as well as other characteristics of a postgraduate as determined by both the QAA and the University of Chester's assessment criteria:

  • Demonstrate critical reasoning with regard to complex dental issues, with an ability to explore and develop alternative solutions and treatment options.
  • Critical evaluation of key concepts of knowledge. Extensive systematic reading and demonstration of insight and originality and application to dental practice.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of relevant knowledge and applicable techniques which are at the forefront of professional dental practice.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of professional dental knowledge and practice.
  • Ability to deploy accurately, creatively and imaginatively established techniques of analysis and enquiry.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills which can be understood by a wide audience including professionals and patients.

The University is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms; through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.

This programme is unique in the North West, and is a result of a partnership agreement between the University of Chester and Red Square. The delivery of the programme allows general dental practitioners to continue working in practice whilst undertaking this part time study, and counts towards the hours required for Continuing Professional Development.

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