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30 May 2011 | Australasian Dental Practice

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King's College London opens skills centre in Sydney


King's College London Dental Institute has pioneered distance and blended learning in dentistry and is one of the leading providers of online postgraduate dental education in the world.

Taught using a blended learning approach, these courses are the perfect solution for dentists who wish to stay at home and further their learning and gain a higher qualification from the highly prestigious King's College London. The online content provides the educational framework, including clinical cases and videos, which are supported by face-to-face training at one of the College's dental skills centres once a year. Students also have the benefit of a clinical mentor and access to monthly online tutorials.

From January 2012, King's College will be offering Year 1 face-to-face hands-on training in Sydney for its two most popular blended programmes:

  • Aesthetic Dentistry MSc (3-year programme); and
  • Fixed & Removable Prosthodontics MClinDent (4-year programme).

The face-to-face course covers tooth preparation, composites, veneers, occlusion, splints, treatment planning, smile design, impressions and provisionals.

This hands-on training will only be available in Sydney in January 2012 and will be a fully integrated part of the King's master's degree programme. The teaching is by King's senior staff, supported by master's postgraduates from previous programmes with a teaching ratio of 1:7.

This opportunity will enable students to achieve a master's degree from a Russell Group Dental Institute, a clinical degree and training relevant to everyday practice at a high quality level. Face-to-face training in the UK is also available.

The benefits of blended learning include the ability to study at home while still working in and running your dental practice, studying at a time and pace to suit and applying the new knowledge directly to clinical work. Students can view course content 24 hours a day, will have access to the extensive King's e-library and can discuss cases with King's staff involved with teaching the programmes.

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