Dental Law and Ethics MA



About the course

This flexible course is the first of its kind in the UK and will offer you a seamless progression from our highly-regarded PgCert Dental Law and Ethics, and combines intensive study days with supported online learning.

You will broaden your expertise in areas of particular interest, and increase your overall knowledge of the concepts and theories that impact on this important subject.

Intermediate qualifications available:

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  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level





Dental Law and Ethics - MA - Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
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  • Campus Location - Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Study one core unit that is designed to deepen your understanding of law and ethics, and choose from optional units which allow you to focus on patient safety, human factors and organisational development concepts
  • Explore the subject with an experienced, interdisciplinary team made up of university and visiting staff, and is likely to include dentists, health and social care professionals and legally trained professionals
  • Develop insights into the legal and ethical impact on everyday decision making in a practice setting
  • Gain an understanding of ways to address patient safety issues and how you can develop and manage your dental team
  • Benefit from a supervised project that provides an opportunity to engage in independent research and development.

This unique postgraduate course is concerned with the practical application of legal and ethical knowledge as well as the fundamental concepts and theories of law and ethics. It provides you the opportunity to examine your own practice in relation to the legal and ethical framework with specific emphasis on enhancing patient care and delivering excellent service. 

This course provides you with opportunities to study selected legal and ethical principles which have immediate relevance to dental care and practice. At the Postgraduate Diploma stage you will have a chance to study how the law is made and the links between law, morality and human rights. This is followed by exploring the concepts that shape your understanding of management and leadership for staff and organisational development in the dental practice context.

At the final stage, you move to greater levels of independence, undertaking supervised research project work related to legal and /or ethical issues in dental practice.

The course encompasses both clinical and business contexts.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

The MA in Dental Law and Ethics is obtained by completing the following units:

PgCert stage
  • Dental Law in Practice
  • Ethical Dental Practice
PgDip stage
  • Law and Ethics, concepts and theories
  • Developing the dental team
MA stage
  • Law and Ethics research project

How will I be assessed?

Assessment incorporates both assessment of learning (summative) and assessment for learning (formative) elements.

Formative assessment is through the submission of draft work for feedback. Formative assessment provides opportunities to develop and test out ideas with peers and tutors in preparation for the summative work.

The tasks are designed to allow you to rehearse the types of thinking behaviours (analysis, critique and argumentation) that are necessary for the summative work, with tutor and peer support and feedback.

Entry requirements

This is a postgraduate course open dental care professionals who have a first degree in dentistry, dental nursing and allied dental professions (or equivalent qualification or experience established by application, references and interview).

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

After completing this course you will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of the wide range of legal and ethical issues that can directly or indirectly impact patient care.

The course will enhance your capacity to critically appraise both your own and others’ practice in relation to the legal and ethical framework, including the ability to identify and address emerging challenges through independent and/or collaborative activity.

Graduates will have a deep understanding of fundamental legal and ethical concepts and theories that enable you to present your ideas and opinions in a structured, planned and supported approach to legal and ethical issues.

This is the only university accredited course in dental law and ethics within the UK that is specific to dental staff. The course focuses on enabling dentists to work with professionally relevant legal and ethical principles and to consider the ways in which these principles influence their everyday practice.
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Fees and funding

  • Fees are £6,800. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £12,000

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Facilities

Putteridge Bury campus

Putteridge Bury is a magnificent country mansion set in 30 acres of landscaped gardens and picturesque parkland. Built in 1911, it is just four miles from the University Square campus on the Hertfordshire - Bedfordshire border. 

It is home to the Bedfordshire Business School postgraduate programmes and the University’s Conference Centre.

A free shuttle bus service operates between Putteridge Bury and University Square.

Comprehensive Learning Resources Centre

The Putteridge Bury campus has its own comprehensive Learning Resources Centre equipped with PCs, which give you access to online information databases and more than 2,000 electronic journals.

Students based at Putteridge Bury can also benefit from the 200,000 books and specialist texts, 9,000 journals and 300 fully networked PCs that are available at the University Square campus.

Location

Ideally located only four miles from Luton town centre, Putteridge Bury is set in picturesque parkland just off the A505 and enjoys a tranquil rural environment and ample parking within the grounds.

Putteridge Bury lies close to the University Square campus, and is a short drive from the London Luton airport, the train station and bus station.

How to Apply

  • UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

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  • International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country.

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