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Programme title:

MSc Special Needs

Final award (BSc, MA etc):

(where stopping off points exist they should be detailed here and defined later in the document)


UCAS code:
(where applicable)

Cohort(s) to which this programme specification is applicable:

(e.g. from 2008 intake onwards)


Awarding institution/body:

University College London

Teaching institution:

University College London



Parent Department:
(the department responsible for the administration of the programme)

UCL Eastman Dental Institute

Departmental web page address:

(if applicable)

Method of study:



Criteria for admission to the programme:


Length of the programme:

(please note any periods spent away from UCL, such as study abroad or placements in industry)

2 calendar years

Level on Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
(see Guidance notes)


Relevant subject benchmark statement (SBS)
(see Guidance notes)


Brief outline of the structure of the programme and its assessment methods:

(see guidance notes)

Programme includes a structured lecture series, seminars, clinics,

clinico-pathological conferences, and a research project leading to a

dissertation. Assessment is by monthly essays and mock


Board of Examiners:

i) Name of Board of Examiners:

MSc in Special Needs Dentistry

Professional body accreditation

(if applicable):

Faculty of General Dental Practitioners

Date of next scheduled accreditation visit: N/A


The aim of the MSc programme is to extend the knowledge and skills in Special Needs Dentistry beyond that obtained as an undergraduate to allow the candidate to become a competent practitioner in the field of Special Needs Dentistry within and outwith the United Kingdom.

In particular, the MSc in Special Needs Dentistry aims to provide:

1. An understanding of the aetiology, epidemiology and clinical presentation and management of common systemic disorders likely to be of implication for routine dental care

2. An understanding of the appropriate management of patients with systemic disease likely to complicate dental treatment

3. An understanding of the process of learning and the dissemination of clinical knowledge

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

A: Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding of:

Special Needs Dentistry

Teaching/learning methods and strategies:

Lectures, seminars, clinical teaching sessions and

consultant clinics.



Internal multiple choice question paper

B: Skills and other attributes

Intellectual (thinking) skills:

Treatment planning and clinical problem


Research planning/protocol writing

Teaching/learning methods and strategies:

Clinical in Special Needs Dentistry

Journal clubs


Self-directed learning is encouraged by

monthly essay writing.


Multiple choice assessment


Termly academic and research progress

assessments through internal graduate

appraisal process

C: Skills and other attributes

Practical skills (able to):

Demonstrate clinical diagnostic and

management skills

Demonstrate diagnostic skills

Apply skills in a clinical scenario

Undertake a relevant research

Teaching/learning methods and strategies:

Supervised clinical work

Diagnostic clinics



Monthly essays

Multiple choice assessment


Termly academic and research progress

assessments through internal graduate

appraisal process

D: Skills and other attributes

Transferable skills (able to):

Library skills

IT skills

Presentation skills

Self-directed learning

Teaching/learning methods and



Journal club

Oral presentation of research



Oral presentation of research

Termly academic and research progress

assessments through internal graduate

appraisal process

The following reference points were used in designing the programme:

  • the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (;

  • the relevant Subject Benchmark Statements (;

  • the programme specifications for UCL degree programmes in relevant subjects (where applicable);

  • UCL teaching and learning policies;

  • staff research.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental course handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by UCL and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Programme Organiser(s) Name(s):

S Porter

Date of Production:

June 2003 (annual review July 2010)

Date of Review:

July 2010

Date approved by Head of Department:

June 2003 (annual review approved July 2010)

Date approved by Chair of Departmental Teaching Committee:

June 2003 (annual review approved July 2010)

Date approved by Faculty Teaching Committee

June 2003

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