Currently the only UK provider giving the opportunity to top up existing qualification.
Collaborative partnership with Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology
We are home to the leading community of renowned researchers and are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research quality in Pharmacology and Pharmacy (Complete University Guide, 2022).
Course overview and modules
Having enhanced your understanding of dental implantology topics and knowledge of evidence-based dental care, through the Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology PG Cert/Bridging programme or PG diploma, this top up programme worth 90 credits, delivered through a collaborative arrangement with CAofDI, will allow you to embed your prior learning and gain a high level of specialist knowledge in your chosen field of interest through the completion of a 30 credit research methods module and 60 credit personal research project relevant to the implant dentistry profession, conducted through collaborative academic support.
This course is part of the School of Optometry which sits within the College of Health and Life Sciences.
We have a long and established history of providing high quality, industry leading academic and professional development qualifications. Acknowledged as one of the leading centres of health sciences within the UK, our optometry programmes are well regarded for the standard of teaching and high levels of student satisfaction they provide.
Aston is the presently the only provider in the UK giving students the opportunity to top up their existing qualification in the subject and converting it into a fully approved master’s qualification.
This course is a part-time, online course, giving you the flexibility of accessing supplementary learning through group tutorials and seminars either face to face or online (based on your preference) through a unique collaboration with Cambridge Academic of Dental Implantology (CAoDI). Bringing together key strengths through combination of research expertise held by Aston and subject specialism via CAoDI. You will be able to fit your studies around your work and personal commitments. Your study, your way.
You will study two modules consisting of a total of 90 credits to contribute to the 180 credits required for a masters qualification. Each credit is equivalent to 10 learning hours; these may include but are not limited to online lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group activity, reading, formative assessment activity, other independent study and reflecting on assignment feedback.
Advanced Dental Implantology – 30 credits
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and skills in designing, conducting and appraising research.
Research Project – 60 credits
The aim of the module is to give you the opportunity to research a topic which is of professional interest and importance. Directed study of the most up-to-date literature relevant to the field of implant dentistry will allow you to develop a contemporary understanding of the subject matter and provide a critical appraisal of published evidence in the selected field.
This module provides students the opportunity to plan and manage their own research project subject to ethical clearance. Knowledge gained from undertaking the core Research Methods module (DI4ARM) is required.
For more information about this course, please contact Bhavisha J. Koner
You must be a fully qualified dentist.
Entry will be via advanced standing into stage 3 and through recognised prior learning of a minimum of 90 credits obtained at level 7, through EduQual awarded Bridging Pathway and or PGDip programme in the field of Dental Implantology, delivered by the Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology (CAofDI).
Students are usually expected to have completed the required 90 credits from the PG Bridging Pathway and PGDip in the field of study at CAofDI within the previous 3 years to progress to Aston’s Master’s programme.
Normally, students will be required to have attained a minimum of 60% in written assignments and an overall minimum mark of 60% within the identified 90 credits to progress to Aston’s Master’s programme.
Learning, teaching and assessment
Assessment will be through a combination of continuous assessments, logbook, research proposal, presentations, and a dissertation.
Fees and scholarships
The course fee for UK/International students is £15,000.
This fee can be paid in three parts at the start of each term.
The Aston School of Optometry offer high standards of expertise in teaching underpinned by evidence based research, ensuring that students gain a wide breadth of knowledge in the areas they choose to study. The postgraduate modules in Optometry are online and distance learning based allowing professionals to work at their own pace and around their careers.
This course has been designed for those already in professional practice who want to advance their skills and gain a deeper understanding of their area of speciality or develop knowledge in new areas. Like the flexibility of this course, the career progression opportunities it provides are highly personal. Many students choose to undertake this qualification to progress within their selected career path, others to branch out into new fields.