The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP[UK]) has entered into an agreement with Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry (PUPSD) whereby dentists with an FGDP(UK) Diploma in Restorative Dentistry can join the PUPSD MSc in Restorative Dentistry in its third and final year.
The arrangement, which starts in January 2017, will allow dentists with the FGDP(UK) Diploma in Restorative Dentistry to ‘top-up’ to a Master’s degree when they successfully complete the compulsory study days and a dissertation. The aim of the dissertation is to enable candidates to demonstrate their ability to design, conduct, evaluate and write up a project on an evidence-based topic that is of relevance to restorative dentistry and in doing so to demonstrate self-direction, originality and the ability to act independently in the planning and implementation of project skills at an advanced professional level.
Professor David Moles, Director of Postgraduate Learning at PUPSD, commented:
“We are delighted to have come to this arrangement with the FGDP(UK) and it is an excellent example of our collaborative working to support the career development of dentists working in general practice and primary dental care. We also work together to promote the Fellowship of the FGDP(UK) as part of the career development of our National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellows in General Dental Practice.”
Mick Horton, Dean at FGDP(UK), added:
“The FGDP(UK) chooses its partner organisations very carefully, and we are delighted to be working in collaboration with the Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry. Our Diploma in Restorative Dentistry is at the cutting edge of postgraduate dental education and PUPSD is a similarly innovative and progressive institution. We look forward to seeing our diplomates becoming Masters’ graduates through this exciting new partnership.”