Master of Science in Advanced Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry and Special Care)

The aim of the Master in Advanced Dentistry is to upgrade the general dentist to a highly qualified specialist practitioner, being capable of performing dental treatments independently within a background of broad dental, medical and sociological knowledge. During the first year of Paediatric Dentistry, attention goes mainly out to the development of the child, fear and patient management and the basic caries management. There is a focus on a diversity of disciplines in dentistry which are applied when treating a child. Apart from that, there is a first focus on paediatric disciplines, i.e. cardiology and oncology. Within the first year a practical training (under supervision) with sedation and general anaesthesia starts, with the ultimate goal to perform these treatments independently.

During the second and third year, the courses and clinical training focus especially on the diagnosis and treatment of dental trauma cases and development disorders. The paediatric disciplines endocrinology, respiratory disorders and neuromotoric disorders become addressed, as well as dental symptoms related to different syndromes. Finally students become familiar with Special Care Dentistry and learn to treat patients with special needs during the theoretical courses and during the clinical training. In the end all students defend their master's dissertation and give a 1hr clinical presentation in the presence of a foreign external examiner.

Opbouw

The master contains 60 credits and is divided over 3 years. It is combined with clinical training (120 credits). The specialisation is scientifically supported with the obligatory master's dissertation which should be publishable in a A1 journal. Courses are given in English but students are required to obtain proficiency in Dutch prior to treating patients in the clinical programme. International students interested to join the master programmes should first seek admission in the one year ‘postgraduate studies in oral health sciences’. The latter can be combined with the language courses and is also a preparatory year for more advanced courses.

Arbeidsmarkt

The master's programme in Advanced Dentistry educates dentists in an extensive and thorough manner in all aspects of the specialization, in accordance with the highest European criteria. You work independently or in an association with other dental specialists from diverse disciplines. Or you choose to teach in your subject or perform scientific research in that field.