The curriculum amounts to 32 credits and has an equivalent of 865 study hours. The programme is structured in general courses (16 credits), major specific courses (13 credits) and an elective course (3 credits) in a topic related to specialised care dentistry. Teaching methods include lectures, computer exercises, case-based learning, preclinical skill training, clinical observations and the preparation of a research paper. The latter is supervised and reports about a topic related to the major of interest.
The programme is purposed to provide international students with the fundamentals of evidence based dentistry, research methodology and statistics in combination with the clinical orientated aspects of dentistry focused on endodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics or reconstructive dentistry. Furthermore this programme is mandatory as a preparatory year for students seeking admission to the Master in Advanced Dentistry programmes (including endodontics, paediatric dentistry and special care, periodontics, orthodontics or reconstructive dentistry).
Although the Master in Advanced Dentistry curriculum is taught in English, students are also required to obtain a sufficient proficiency in Dutch (B2) in order to communicate with their patients in the dental clinic. The Postgraduate Studies in Oral Health Sciences curriculum enables students to get familiar with the standards and procedures used at the Ghent University dental school and allows students to learn Dutch in preparation for the selection procedure for the Master in Advanced Dentistry Programmes. Completing the Postgraduate Studies in Oral Health Sciences does not automatically grant acces to the Advanced Master and doesn’t allow graduates to practice dentistry in Belgium.