The Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Therapy (PGDipDentTher) programme may be taken over one year (full-time) or up to four years (practice-based part-time) by practising dental therapists. The programme aims to produce graduates with advanced understanding of dental science pertaining to dental therapy care. It also aims to develop skills in critical analysis of dental therapy practice, skills in dental public health management, and clinical skills related to recent innovations in clinical and preventive practice. It is a programme to support dental therapists in their ongoing professional development.
Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Therapy (PGDipDentTher)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Faculty of Dentistry.
- Every applicant shall present evidence of having completed a programme in Dental Therapy requiring at least two years of study and shall have been practising for at least two years.
Structure of the Programme
The programme of study shall consist of four papers:
- DTHR 401 Dental Therapy Clinical Practice (30 points)
- DTHR 402 Dental Therapy Management Practice (30 points)
- DTHR 403 Dental Therapy Practice Project (30 points)
- DTHR 404 Dental Public Health (30 points)
Duration of the Programme
- The duration of the programme shall be the equivalent of not less than one academic year.
- The programme may be taken on a full-time basis over one year, or on a part-time basis (normally over two years).
- Examinations shall be taken at the end of each semester.
- A candidate who fails an examination may, on the recommendation of the examiners, be permitted by the Faculty of Dentistry to be re-examined at another time.
Level of Award of the Diploma
The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
On the recommendation of the Faculty, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may, in exceptional circumstances, approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.
Note: The due date for applications for enrolment is 1 October in the year preceding that in which the programme is to be undertaken.