This BSc Dental Technology degree aims to produce dental technologists able to fabricate dental restorations, prostheses and appliances (such as unique, individually made crowns and bridges or orthodontic appliances) to a high standard of precision. The course also seeks to enlarge understanding of new and developing areas of dental technology and to enhance relationships within the Dental Team.
This course is operated in close collaboration with the University Dental Hospital Trust, which will deliver, assess and be responsible for one-third of the course. As a dental technology undergraduate, you will work with trainee dentists and consultants in the second and third years of the course .
· Introductory techniques
· Applied Dental Materials
· Dental Anatomy & Physiology
· Removable Partial Dentures 1
· Complete Dentures I
· Cast Restorations
· Professional Practice 1
· Clinical Observation
· CAD/CAM in Dentistry
· Work Placement
· Removable Partial Dentures 2
· Complete Dentures 2
· Ceramic Restorations
· Work Placement
· Research Methods
· Professional Practice 2
· Complete Dentures 3
· Bonded Restorations
· Research Project
· Advanced Dental Assignments
During years two and three, you will undertake periods of work placements normally at the University Dental Hospital Trust. The placement periods will enable you to gain the necessary experience in producing appliances, restorations and prostheses for patients.
Learning & Teaching
An enquiring, questioning, curious approach to the topics, which need to be understood and acquired for registration, as a competent technologist will be developed.
During g your time on the course you will experience a number of teaching and learning methods. These will include lectures, seminars, practical sessions, team assignments and self and peer assessments. There will be some joint learning sessions with part time students, use of e-portfolios and extensive use of the virtual learning environment where lecture notes, videos of practical demonstrations, lecture delivery items and past papers can be accessed on line. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will be available to discuss your academic progress and could refer you to other experts for other matters where necessary.
Two semesters in the second and third years will be delivered and assessed by staff from the Dental Hospital. Students are thus able to gain valuable experience producing appliances, restorations and prostheses and see these items fitted to patients.
The source of personal support found most useful by current students is the ‘open door’ policy operated by the Programme Team whereby students are invited to contact any of the full-time teaching staff who are available in the staff office during normal office hours.
Each module that you undertake is assessed. The nature of the assessment will vary according to the nature and purpose of the module. There are essentially five types of assessment used throughout the programme:
Written Formal Examinations (usually taken at the end of the academic year ); Practical Assignments (usually students will complete technical exercises with help from lecturers through demonstrations, advice and practical support); Timed Practical Examinations (where students will receive no practical assistance, but verbal guidance may be available during construction of pieces); Written Assignments (these are projects where students use the library/resources centre to compile and collate necessary information or follow a case study), and Oral Presentations (this requires presentation of a topic to the remainder of the group; peer assessment and comment may be used).
Employability & Careers
Our graduates have excellent career prospects. Dental technologists are employed in the NHS, commercial laboratories, private practices and dental schools. Within the Health Services there is a clear career structure ranging through Senior, Chief and Senior Chief Grades. Within the commercial sector, after some years of experience, it would be possible to become a commercial laboratory owner or manager.
Employment schemes are also available to successful graduates, for a period of one or two years, at University Dental Schools within the region, providing excellent opportunities to specialise. The Dental Hospitals offer this to dental technology graduates.