The Masters project
The Masters stage of the postgraduate dental programme consists of one 60 credit module in which students write a review. This is an extended literature review employing systematic, explicit and transparent methods to ensure that the work is comprehensive and reproducible. The methodology includes a suite of systematic review tools to ensure that the review is rigorous and abreast with the latest advances in the field of knowledge synthesis. Students choose the topic of their review, linking it to their field of dentistry. This gives the review relevance to their field of dentistry, and to patient care.
Evidence based dentistry
Upon successful completion of the module, students will be equipped with essential evidence based decision making skills that will enable them to remain up to date in their field, able to critically evaluate new research and deal effectively with contradictory evidence.
Mode of teaching and supervision
The teaching of the module takes place online and offers a blend of online plenaries, workshops and opportunities for formative feedback. Students are supported throughout the project by a supervisor and other experts in the field of knowledge synthesis and in the appropriate field of dentistry. Regular one-to-one supervision meetings offer guidance in the critical analysis of the evidence, as well as in academic skills and in project management.
After conducting a high quality and thorough review, students have the option to publish their work in a dental journal of their choice. For students who go on to publish, this marks the culmination of their three years of study and is a proud accolade in addition to their MSc certificate. Students take the lead on authorship, but continue to be supported by their supervisor in producing a manuscript tailored to their chosen readership.