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Programme structure: Postgraduate Dental Studies (PG Cert) - what's running in 2018/19

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing and student choice.

The Postgraduate Dental Studies certificate is open to dentists and dental hygienists and therapists. While all units on the programme are available to dentists, a more limited range of options offered to dental hygienists and therapists.

Students initially register onto the Postgraduate Certificate and must pass sixty credit points before progressing to the Postgraduate Diploma. Dental Hygienists and therapists are not currently able to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma.

The Certificate is taken over two years part-time and the choice of units from the list below is based on both unit and student availability.

All units in this programme are must pass. For the definition of a must pass unit please see the Glossary of Terms from Annex 1 to the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/assessment/annex/glossary.html

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Dentists should choose from the list below
Choose 60cp from the following:
Anxiety Management ORDSM0028 20 Optional
Surgical Skills 1 ORDSM0030 20 Optional
Local Anaesthesia ORDSM0031 20 Optional
Periodontology ORDSM0032 20 Optional
Law and Ethics ORDSM0033 20 Optional
Endodontology ORDSM0034 20 Optional
Surgical Skills 2 ORDSM0035 20 Optional
Conscious Sedation 1 ORDSM0013 20 Optional
Full Denture Prosthetics ORDSM0014 20 Optional
Business Skills 2 ORDSM0015 20 Optional
Business Skills 1 ORDSM0016 20 Optional
Dental Injuries in Children and Young Adults ORDSM0027 20 Optional
Dental hygienists and therapists should choose from the following units:
Anxiety Management ORDSM0028 20 Optional
Local Anaesthesia ORDSM0031 20 Optional
Periodontology ORDSM0032 20 Optional
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Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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