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Mode of Study

Part-time by distance learning


1 year part-time

Start date

March 2025


This one-year distance learning MSc in Advanced Restorative Dental Therapy is tailor-made to boost your clinical career. Distance learning lets you minimise the time you spend away from family and practice, as you top-up your existing PGDip (or equivalent) to a full Master’s qualification. 

This is a comprehensive way to deepen your knowledge of aesthetic and restorative dentistry. You’ll evaluate studies and technological innovations, and produce a unique piece of research linked to your own practice.

Advanced knowledge and clinical skills will give you a new professional edge. Reflecting on your practice will make you a particularly insightful and perceptive.

Along the way, you’ll get expert guidance from researchers and clinicians at a University that is helping to shape the dental industry’s future. 

The combination of clinical rigour and research innovation aligned to your interests means this MSc can open up a range of rewarding career possibilities. You'll gain credentials as an advanced practitioner, everywhere UK qualifications are recognised.


90% of our allied health professions research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. 100% of Impact Case Studies were classed as having very considerable reach and significance.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

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This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.

Course highlights

  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to treat more complex cases
  • Learn professional research methods and apply them to a clinical area of your choice, to deepen your knowledge and specialist capabilities
  • Build your confidence in practice and research with support and guidance from dedicated supervisors
  • Enrich your expertise by exchanging ideas with a global team of clinicians and researchers in dental public health, dental education and clinical innovation
  • Make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of restorative dentistry through your dissertation project, adding your voice to the conversation on dental practice advancement
  • Explore options for career progression by networking with experienced registered clinicians
  • Save time and money: study in your own time, from anywhere in the world, at a course cost that is highly competitive

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 

Module studied

The learning outcomes of this module are:

Plan, implement and present a significant dissertation/practitioner based enquiry project that aligns with the specification provided
Critically evaluate and interpret complex issues from literature and evidence based data and communicate conclusions coherently and appropriately for the dental/academic community
Recognise and discuss all ethical considerations presented by the proposed project and formulate transparent procedures to protect participants and environments
Analyse and synthesise the data collected to draw appropriate qualified conclusions linked to objectives set within research design
Formulate an appropriate research proposal in order to examine your identified hypothesis

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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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

As a clinician graduate of this course, you’ll have the skills and expertise to develop your career in a range of rewarding directions.

You’ll demonstrate the ability to critically assess scientific and technological innovations in dentistry. As well as improving individuals’ oral health, you’ll be able to enhance collective knowledge across the field of aesthetic and restorative dentistry.

What’s more, you'll have developed skills that are valued beyond the clinical environment ­– including communication, project management and critical thinking.  

In developing your career, you might choose to: 

  • broaden your clinical offer to include restorative dental therapy at an advanced level
  • build an advanced practice dedicated to restorative dental therapy
  • become a professional dental researcher, for example at a product manufacturer or government agency
  • pursue further study and research, such as MPhil or PhD
  • enter academia and educate future generations of dental professionals
  • use your new knowledge in an expert role with an accreditation agency, insurance company or healthcare service provider

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

Course structure

This Master’s degree will take:

  • 1 year part time by distance learning

Each week you’ll spend: 

  • 10 hours studying, on average, depending on the phase of the course

During the academic year, you can expect 28 hours of contact, approximately:

  • 6 hours of tutorial support
  • 10 hours of project supervision
  • 12 hours of virtual lecture-based activity


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.


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

Term dates

March start

Courses that start in March have the same amount of teaching as September-start courses, but they normally run over a longer time period.

If you start in March, your course will run for 12 months with breaks in the summer. In the last few months you’ll be writing your project / dissertation.

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Supporting your learning

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

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 in one-on-one and group sessions.


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

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.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

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 a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

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

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

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 (March 2025 start)

  • Part time: £7,100 per year
  • Part-time: £7,100

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Part-time: £7,100 per year

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

Loans, scholarships and bursaries

Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

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Funding for international students

Learn more about sponsorships, scholarships and loans for students applying from outside of the UK.

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Fees and funding for postgraduate taught courses

Discover how you can fund your postgraduate studies at Portsmouth – including loans, scholarships and bursaries – and read our guidance on topics like how to budget, and how to get support if you're disabled or have dependents.

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Additional costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:

  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which relate to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements


This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.

March 2025 start

  • 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.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not 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.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start date in March, as long as there are places available. If you wait until your start month to apply, you may find that the course is full. 

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

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

Ready to apply?

Standard applications

Start this course in March 2025

Apply now (Part-time) – 1 year

I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.