Taught Postgraduate Programmes
Course Aims and Objectives
This 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time outcome-based taught postgraduate programme will be of value to dentists wishing to gain a deeper understanding of their daily work. In particular, it also will be of interest to science and engineering degree-holders contemplating an attractive interdisciplinary career, will provide a strong foundation for research study, and will be of substantial value to individuals wishing to teach materials science in dentistry or medicine, whether or not clinically qualified.
A strong emphasis is also in developing interdisciplinary communication skills. This programme does not involve patient contact. The programme was established in its current form in 2009 and is under continuous enhancement. MSc(DMS) (HK) is a quotable/registerable additional qualification approved by the Dental Council of Hong Kong (DCHK).
The program consists of: a) a component of theoretical studies (first semester), such as guided and self-guided learning, lectures, tutorials, presentation skills learning, journal-based learning, and iClass app (E-learning); and b) a research component (first-second semester), comprising a literature study, laboratory research, demonstrations, active attendance in 6 BDS PBL laboratory sessions, seminar presentation and scientific manuscript preparation. These two components are the pedagogical methods throughout the MSc (DMS) programme.
The MSc(DMS) is a programme of advanced study designed to develop a broad knowledge of the principles underlying the mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of biomaterials; structure at molecular, microscopic, and macroscopic levels; adhesion promotion; setting reactions; mechanisms of reaction and mechanical failure; testing and validation; adhesion promotion; materials syntheses; and behaviour in all relevant aspects of each class of material used in dentistry, in relation to their function, application handling, and service. Students will practice scientific presentation skills in specific small group tutorials, give a seminar presentation in the Annual MSc(DMS) Postgraduate Student Seminar (June) and prepare a scientific paper based on their laboratory research project, in addition to the MSc(DMS) thesis (August).
Successful graduates may develop their career, not only in clinical dentistry (if with a BDS certificate), but also in teaching and learning, research and development, quality control and validation, marketing, logistics, production, engineering, administration, management and consulting. Owing to the rise in average life expectancy, biomaterials science has been estimated to have expanding relevance and importance.