Advanced Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry (Top-up) MSc

Dentist at work
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
1 year part-time
Start Date
March 2022


On this 1-year MSc Advanced Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry, you'll top-up your PgDip to a Master's degree while you contribute to the scientific discourse on aesthetic and restorative dentistry through extensive clinical research.

You'll explore a research area of your choice within your own practice, with full support and guidance from Dental Academy clinicians and researchers.

You'll embark on your own structured programme of research, evaluating existing studies and technological innovations and using them to inform your analysis. With the opportunity to learn from and network with experienced registered clinicians, you'll develop your own new perspectives, evaluate your practice objectively and add to the conversation on dental practice advancement.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to enrich the field of aesthetic and restorative dentistry best practice as an expert contributor or to pursue further dental research. With further education and training, you could also progress into dental education.

Achieving the PgDip

You can study the PgDip that leads to this Master's with our partner provider, the Academy of Dental Excellence (ADE).

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • This course is available to applicants with current registration with the Dental Council, or equivalent Professional body to practice dentistry clinically. Students who have previously achieved the PgDip in Advanced Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry are able to apply to the MSc to complete the final research year.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Set your own goals for the academic year, planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and taking part in online sessions at your own pace
  • Have access to comprehensive online resources and expert guidance from researchers at the University's Dental Academy who are working in areas such as children's oral health, dental care for new and expecting mothers, oral health within the older community, and community outreach dental activities
  • Choose your own research project in a clinical area of aesthetic and restorative dentistry that interests you
  • Submit an ethics proposal of your chosen project and a full literature review supporting your research
  • Investigate the research design, data collection and analysis and research processes of your project
  • Collect data and use current evidence within your own practice to solve clinical questions
  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret the results of your research project, contributing to the scientific discourse on aesthetic and restorative dentistry
  • Develop valuable transferable skills, including communication (verbal and in writing) to different audiences and readerships, project organisation, time management and independent critical thinking

Careers and opportunities

This course allows you to top up your PgDip Advanced Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry to a full Master's qualification of the same title. 

When you complete the course, you'll be able to add your own findings to the field of aesthetic and restorative dentistry research, contributing to the ongoing development of patient care techniques. 

Alternatively, and with further education and training, you could work in areas such as:

  • MPhil and PhD further study
  • Dental education
  • Product manufacture
  • Dental accreditation 
  • Dental insurance
  • Other healthcare service providers

​What you'll study

You'll be responsible for determining your own learning needs on this course.

You'll spend most of your time:

  • Outlining the full background of your chosen project
  • Submitting an ethics proposal
  • Writing a comprehensive literature review supporting your research
  • Investigating approaches to research design and processes, and data collection and analysis
  • Collecting data and analysing results 


  • Dissertation (60 credits) – Core Module

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


While you'll take responsibility for your own learning on this course, it will also include:

  • Online tutorials
  • Online lectures
  • Project supervision

You'll get feedback throughout and get one-on-one support from your personal tutor.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through your dissertation – a project proposal submission and a substantial written thesis of your research project.

How you'll spend your time

On this course, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 10 hours a week studying for your MSc. 

Over the course of the year, you'll take part in approximately 6 hours of online tutorial support, approximately 10 hours of remote project supervision, and approximately 12 hours of online lecture based activity.

The rest of the time you’ll do independent research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. 

Extra learning support

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, you'll also be able to arrange additional meetings during the week if you want to chat with them about anything in the meantime.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £7,100 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £7,100 (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £7,100 (subject to annual increase)

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.


Start your application by following the link below: 

March 2022 start

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