MSc in Clinical Dentistry (Endodontics)
Division of Dentistry
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Welcome to the School of Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Welcome to your Postgraduate Taught Programme in the School of Medical Sciences within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester. The University has a worldwide reputation based on high quality teaching and research, and I am sure that your programme will provide a solid foundation for your future career success.
Within the School and the wider Faculty, our goal is to create an environment that allows you to excel and reach your full potential. Offering access to first-class facilities and strong links with regional health-service providers, our postgraduate programmes are designed to meet the diverse needs of all our students. The curriculum of our taught programmes provides the knowledge and skills you will need in your subject area and all our Masters programmes include an opportunity to carry out an independent research project on topics spanning all areas of biomedical research from molecular to experimental biology and clinical medicine. While subject areas cover a broad range, all our taught programmes have two common aims:
- To develop your skills in your chosen field of study
- To enhance your knowledge within the field you have chosen. Whether you are a graduate, professional or have a clinical background, the programmes have been tailored to meet your specific needs.
As a student of the School of Medical Sciences, you will be expected to take responsibility for your degree, within a supportive environment that fosters your development and helps prepare you for your future career. This handbook will be a useful resource as you progress through your programme. It provides programme-specific information that I am sure that you will find helpful throughout your study. If however, you have questions or would like some further advice, please do not hesitate to contact the people listed in this handbook for further information and assistance.
I wish you every success as you embark upon your programme, and in your future career.
Dr Carol Yates
Director of Postgraduate Taught Education
School of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Welcome from the Programme Director
Dear Postgraduate Student,
I am writing as the Director for the Postgraduate Programmes in Endodontics to welcome you to Manchester and to your programme of study.
I hope that you all made it to Manchester without too many problems and that you are getting settled into the accommodation you have arranged.
Your first few weeks will be packed with new experiences, from finding your way around Manchester to making new friends. In addition to learning a new clinical routine, you will also embark on what for most of you will be your first experience of carrying out research in some format and I hope that you will find it both interesting and rewarding.
Bear in mind we are always here to support you and I hope you will soon feel confident in your new environment and ready for the challenges ahead.
I wish you success in your future educational endeavours.
Location of the Division of Dentistry
The Division of Dentistry is located in Coupland 3 Building, No. 47 on the Campus Map.
The Dental Hospital is number 41. The Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC) is on the top floor of the Dental Hospital, on the North side of the building.
Dr. J. Cunliffe
Tel: 0161 275 6717
Office Location: Coupland 3 Building
Programme Support Contact Details
1. General Information
Staying Safe – Covid-19
Feeling prepared and equipped at the present time inevitably brings thoughts of health and safety. We have followed the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to make sure our campus is a safe and happy environment for you to start your studies.
When arriving on campus, you’ll notice the changes we’ve made to keep everyone safe. For example, our buildings will have clearly marked entry and exit points; we’ll be asking everyone to sanitise or clean their hands immediately on entry; and markings on floors, stairwells and doors will help maintain social distancing.
It’s important for everyone to follow the guidelines on campus to keep themselves and others safe. We have faith that all members of our University community will do the right thing.
Our ‘Staying Safe’ microsite outlines the safety measures that are in place as well as useful information regarding:-
- Face Coverings
- What to do if you, or someone you live with, has COVID-19 symptoms
- How to register with a GP (doctor)
- Keeping yourself and your neighbours safe off campus
- Health and wellbeing support
- Financial Support
Student Frequently Asked Questions is regularly updated online but if you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact your school as soon as possible.
The Student Charter
Our Student Charter, developed jointly by the University and the Student's Union, is an important part of how we establish and maintain clear mutual expectations for the experience of all undergraduate and taught postgraduates. It sets out what we can expect from each other as partners in a learning community.
Online Skills Training Resource
The Faculty has developed a skills training resource to support you through your postgraduate taught programme. This online material should supplement the assessed learning material and activities undertaken in your taught programme.
Accessing the online skills resource
You can access Blackboard through the My Manchester portal (http://my.manchester.ac.uk). The skills training resource is available in an academic community space available to all registered PGT students in the Faculty through Blackboard.
If you cannot see these units in your Blackboard please contact your Programme Administrator.
Full details of all these resources can be found in the introduction to each unit. These resources have been designed to give you formative feedback on your progress through them. If you experience any problems and would like to talk to someone please contact your Programme Director. If you have questions about referencing and how it applies to your own work, please contact your Programme Director or dissertation supervisor/module lead.
|Research Methods*||This course is spilt into 2 units that cover introductions to study design, statistics and dissertation skills. It has a number of online quizzes where you can test your knowledge.|
|Introduction to Statistics*||The course provides a valuable foundation for understanding and interpreting biostatistics. It aims to provide you with the fundamentals of quantitative analysis.|
|Presentation Skills||This short interactive unit is designed to help you to enhance your presentation skills. Regardless of whether you are presenting in public, preparing for conferences, an oral examination or more informal settings this unit will give you the tops tips to improve your delivery. The course also includes a unit on influencing effectively, alongside the presentation and poster information.|
|Qualitative Research Methods*||This unit has been designed to give you an introduction to Qualitative Research.|
|Intellectual Property Awareness Resource||This Intellectual Property (IP) awareness resource has been created in order to improve your understanding of IP. Topics include: Types of intellectual property • Copyright and IP clearance • University policy on IP • IP commercialisation • IP in research or consultancy • IP issues to be aware when dealing with academic materials|
* NOTE: the material in this online resource is for reference and formative learning purposes only. In some of your taught programme you may be required to undertake assessed course units for Research Methods, Qualitative Research or Statistics. If your programme involves taught units then you should refer to the Blackboard material relating to that course unit. Please contact your Programme Administrator if you are unsure which material relates to your assessed work. You will still be able to refer to the online skills resource in later years.
Mandatory Introductory Courses
All students are automatically enrolled onto an introductory unit that provides information on Health and Safety and Academic Malpractice. You will find them on Blackboard.
Completion instructions for each of these sections are clearly defined within the course. Completion of the academic malpractice and health and safety sections is mandatory for all students. All assessments must be completed as soon as possible after the programme begins, with the academic malpractice assessment completed before the first piece of coursework is submitted. Completion of these assessments is monitored by the School.
You must achieve 70% in each of the Health and Safety modules and 100% in the Academic Malpractice module in order to pass.
Health and Safety
Before you visit the University campus, please take time to read the University’s Health and Safety Policy.
All new clinical postgraduate students will be enrolled on an e-learning programme which covers the topics noted below. The deadline for completing this e-learning programme is 30th November 2021.
- Working in our Trust
- Fire Safety
- Health and Safety
- Customer Service
- Fraud in the NHS
- Equality Diversity & Human Rights
- Summoning Help in Medical Emergencies
- Safeguarding Adults (1 and 2)
- Safeguarding Children (1 and 2) – NB 1 = all students; 2 = Ortho and Paeds postgrads only)
- Security Awareness
- Risk Management
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Information Governance
- Consent & Documentation
- Early Warning Score for Children’s Services (Ortho and Paeds postgrads only)
Some of these courses need to be renewed every three years and some are annual so returning students will have to do some but not all of them. Returning students will receive notification from MFT about requirements.
Communication with Students
Please note that only Blackboard, the University e-learning platform and your allocated student university email address will be used as official communication by University staff. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can access and read email from this source.
Students are required to keep the University informed of any change to their personal circumstances such as change of name or address. Changes can be recorded by the student via their own personal online record. It is also essential to inform the Programme Administrator if you do not intend to return to the next session of the course, if, for example, you are moving away.
All students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc programme are invited, along with their guests, to attend a graduation ceremony. Further details can be accessed via the Graduation page on the University's website.
The University of Manchester degree ceremonies are broadcast live online, and are also stored on the University website.
2. Overview of the Programme
The Division of Dentistry at the University of Manchester has an international reputation for teaching and research. A further strength is the strong link with the International Cochrane Oral Health Group that is based in Manchester and a consequent emphasis on the current research evidence for clinical care. The curriculum is directed by research active clinical academic staff.
This programme is offered on a full-time basis over 36 months.
- Each course unit has a credit rating (all are worth 15 credits apart from the Dissertation which is worth 60 credits)
- The number of credits required for the award of the degree of Master of Science in Clinical Dentistry (Endodontics) is 180
- The programme is delivered on a three semester per annum basis
Aims & Objectives of the Programme
The aim of the clinical unit is to give the student an understanding of the scientific basis of endodontics, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of adult patients. Students will treat patients, not only requiring endodontic treatment but also requiring restorative treatment. The programme will provide sufficient restorative clinical treatment for candidates to be eligible to apply to sit the Membership in Endodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
On completion of the programme of study, students will have acquired:
- a knowledge of contemporary aspects of endodontics and restorative dentistry, including an appreciation of an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive patient care.
- the appropriate practical and clinical skills relevant to endodontics and the wider field of restorative dentistry.
- competence and confidence in a variety of transferable skills relevant to endodontics and restorative dentistry.
Course Unit Specifications and Programme Specification
Full course unit outlines and programme specification for this programme are available via the Blackboard programme space available via - https://my.manchester.ac.uk/
Overall Structure of the Clinical MSc
DENT 60011 Basic Science of Applied Endodontology (15 credits)
The unit aims to equip the participant with a detailed knowledge of scientific background forming the basis of non-surgical management of endodontic disease. The Specification for this Unit can be found on Blackboard.
DENT 60021 Pre Clinical Skills (15 Credits)
The unit aims to provide each participant with a comprehensive experience and training in the practical tasks of endodontic treatment. There will also be a refresher into basic dental examination and medical emergencies. Furthermore, the assessment and treatment planning elements will incorporate aspects of other relevant dental disciplines. It will also aim to not only develop clinical abilities but also to stimulate critical and analytical thinking in clinical endodontics.
DENT 61332 Clinical Endodontics (15 credits)
This unit aims to see the patient as a whole and how the patient’s general wellbeing is affected by endodontic disease. It will also aim not only to develop clinical abilities, but also to stimulate critical and analytical thinking in both the clinical and research environment. The Specification for this Unit can be found on Blackboard.
DENT 60032 Endodontics Portfolio (15 Credits)
This unit builds on knowledge gained in the pre-requisite units to enhance applied application of knowledge to the clinical environment through direct clinical experience, directed learning and guided reflection, including aspects of: patient management, planning provision of care, review of clinical procedures and clinical reflection.
DENT 61010 Research Methods (15 credits)
DENT 61342 Reflective Clinical Practice (15 credits)
This unit aims to provide the clinical skills and attitudes required for clinical practice in endodontics. The Specification for this Unit can be found on Blackboard.
DENT 70001 Biostatistics (15 credits)
DENT 60023 Applied Endodontics (15 credits)
This unit aims to provide each participant with a comprehensive experience and training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning of endodontic disease. Furthermore, the assessment and treatment planning elements will incorporate aspects of other relevant dental disciplines. It will also aim to not only develop clinical abilities but also to stimulate critical and analytical thinking in both the clinical and research environment. The Specification for this Unit can be found on Blackboard.
DENT 60020 Dissertation (60 credits)
Award of MSc 180 credits
(15 credits) The aim of this unit is to:
- educate students in the fundamentals of quantitative analysis as it applies to dental research
Learning objectives By the end of the unit students should be able to:
- Appropriately describe and present quantitative data
- Understand the principles of sampling, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and meta-analysis
- Choose and apply the appropriate parametric or non-parametric analysis
- Carry out such analyses by hand or using a statistical software package
Description of the unit The unit is a 15 credit, interactive online course, complementing the Research Methods unit. The unit will run over a 12 week period, inclusive of three face-to-face sessions which will be used to consolidate the online material through small group discussion and presentation. Unit material will be released on a weekly basis. To obtain the most from this unit and to progress in a logical manner, students are expected to work on the material during the week that it is released. In the same way, whilst quizzes are not mandatory, students are encouraged to use this tool in a timely manner to confirm their understanding of the information provided. The Unit Director will be advised of students who fail to access the unit material and participate in the discussion boards on a regular basis. Topics covered include:
- Collection and summary of data
- Sampling and probability
- Estimation and confidence intervals
- Comparing groups and sample size calculations
- Contingency tables
- Correlation and regression
- Reliability and validity
These are mandatory for all students taking Biostatistics:
31 January 2022 13.30-16.00
7 March 2022 13.30-16.00
25 April 2022 13.30-16.00
Recommended Books for the Biostatistics Unit
*Medical Statistics at a Glance Petrie A and Sabin C. 3rd Ed.
Published by Chichester: Wiley Blackwell 2016 ISBN 140518051X
Dental Statistics Made Easy Smeeton N 3rd Ed.
Published by Radcliffe Publishing Ltd 2016 ISBN 9781498775052
Aimed at dental students, this easy to read book details the basic principles of dental research methodology, from the initial stages of planning a research study, through to analysis and interpretation of data. The textbook overviews sampling, randomized controlled trials, ethical considerations, the normal distribution, diagnostic testing and introduces methods for conducting hypothesis testing. Coverage of statistical techniques is kept to a necessary minimum.
*Discovering Statistics with SPSS Field A 5th Ed
Published by Sage Publications 2018 ISBN 9781526419521
Probably the most comprehensive and easy to read introductory guide to statistics with SPSS that you will ever read. Presented in a straightforward manner, the coverage of regression, Generalized Linear Models and nonparametric statistics is particularly good.
Practical Nonparametric Statistics Cononver, W.J. 3rd Ed. Published by John Wiley, 1999 ISBN 978 047 116 0687
*These books are essential reading for the unit You will be provided with a good scientific calculator.
Research Methods Unit
The aim of the unit is to:
- produce students who are competent in issues related to the design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research. The latter may include medical education, public health and basic-science areas such as genetics, microbiology or biomaterials
- provide students with critical appraisal skills so that on a life-long basis they will be able to apply these skills to assess any research evidence that comes before them
By the end of the unit students should be able to:
- discuss the importance of research in a clinical or clinically-related discipline
- understand the structure of, and be able to differentiate between, the common types of epidemiological studies
- critically evaluate the literature
- write a protocol for a research study
- understand key issues relating to ethics and research governance
- define evidence based dentistry and recognise the role of secondary research in EBD (including systematic reviews)
Description of the unit
The unit is a 15 credit, interactive online unit which provides students with an introduction to key material required for the design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research and the production of a high quality dissertation.
The unit runs throughout semester one, and includes three face-to-face sessions which will be used to consolidate the online material and provide the students with an opportunity to discuss the topics in person.
Topics covered include:
- Library skills
- Epidemiology (key concepts and different epidemiological study designs)
- Critical appraisal (appraisal tools and practical application)
- Dissertation skills (time management, academic writing and reference management)
- Designing a study (protocol development, types of data, basic statistics)
- Ethics, research governance and data protection
- Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
- Evidence based practice (implementing research findings)
These are mandatory for all students taking Research Methods (except Distance Learning students):
Recommended Books for the Research Methods Unit
By R. Bonita, R. Beaglehole, R. and T. Kjellstron (Eds), 2nd Ed.
Published by the World Health Organization, 2006.
This textbook provides an introduction to the basic principles and methods of epidemiology. It describes different research study designs and considers basic biostatistics.
Quantitative methods for health research: a practical interactive guide to epidemiology and statistics
By Nigel Bruce, Daniel Pope and Debbi Stanistreet, 2nd Ed.
Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2018
ISBN 9781118665268 (pdf) | ISBN 9781118665404 (epub)
An excellent, comprehensive textbook covering a wide range of health research methods. Important introductory chapters on epidemiology are followed by a series of chapters that define and explain different quantitative research study designs and associated statistical tests.
How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine
By Trisha Greenhalgh, 5th Ed.
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2014
ISBN 9780008801093 (ePub)
A highly acclaimed guide on how to critically appraise published research and how to put the findings into practice. This book explains what to look for in different types of papers and how best to evaluate the literature and then implement the findings in an evidence-based, patient-centred way. Helpful checklist summaries of the key points in each chapter provide a useful framework for applying the principles of evidence-based medicine in everyday practice.
The Pocket Guide to Critical Appraisal
Iain Crombie, 2nd Ed.
Published by BMJ Publishing Group, 2007
ISBN 9781405146516 (pbk)
A concise and practical guide to the assessment of medical research. The first section of the book introduces the rationale behind critical appraisal, discusses the questions to be asked of each section of a paper and identifies the common pitfalls in published research. The second section tackles the five main genres of medical research in detail: surveys; clinical trials; cohort studies; case control studies; and review papers.
Understanding and Conducting Research in the Health Sciences
By Christopher Cunningham, Bart Weathington and David Pittenger
Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013
This book provides step-by-step coverage of the research process including research design, statistical considerations, and guidance on writing and presenting results. Presents real-world applications of the discussed methods.
Planning for Medical Research. A practical guide to research methods
By Derek Lowe
Published by Astraglobe Limited, 1993
This is a useful and practical guidebook which identifies most of the issues concerning design and analysis of research. It is not an in depth textbook but provides practical clarification of the main issues which are important in any piece of research and, ideally, should be read before undertaking any research since it may help you avoid the most obvious pitfalls.
Using Research in Practice
By Jacqui Hewitt-Taylor
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
A very accessible and practical book describing how to interpret and make use of research for practice. This book supports the critical appraisal and evidence based medicine course materials.
Evidence Based Dentistry for Effective Practice
By Jan Clarkson, Jayne Harrison, Amid Ismail, Ian Needleman and Helen Worthington
Published by Martin Dunitz, London, 2002
This book covers all the issues surrounding evidenced based decision making in dentistry, issues not only about the amount of evidence but also its quality. The book sets a new agenda and provides readers with a set of skills not conventionally included in professional training.
The Radiation Protection Guidelines Seminar
Clinical Postgraduate Students who are not registered with the GDC to practice dentistry in the UK are required to attend this seminar.
Clinical Postgraduate Students who are registered with the GDC to practice dentistry in the UK, but who would value the chance to undertake continuing professional development in Radiography and Radiation Protection, are invited to attend. The GDC highly recommend that at least five hours of CPD in Radiography and Radiation Protection are included in every CPD cycle.
Annual Two Day Presentation Event
This event will take place over two days in June 2022 and all postgraduate students are expected to attend on both days. Part-time students are asked to make appropriate arrangements to change their session during this week to allow attendance on both days.
The event will provide an opportunity for you to meet with your peers within your own area of study and also to meet with those whom you may not normally encounter. There will be the chance to gain an appreciation of the work of your peers, and to see the variety of clinical and research studies being undertaken and to highlight the mutual goal of patient benefit. Clinical taught students will give an oral presentation of a clinical case, to share clinical work and best practice with colleagues and to broaden clinical experience, whilst research students will present a summary of their ongoing research either in poster format or as an oral presentation (depending on your stage of study). There will be ample opportunity for interaction and mutual learning. The presentations will also be independently assessed, with a prize available in each category. Details of prizes will be advised nearer the event.
3. Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Assessment information for your programme
Please refer to your Blackboard unit spaces for more information regarding coursework and assessment, including submission deadlines: https://my.manchester.ac.uk/
You may have to undertake a placement as part of your programme of study. These often take place off-campus. If your programme involves placement learning, please refer to the Policy for Placement Learning.
The University's Health and Safety Services have produced Health and Safety Arrangements: Chapter 24 - Health and Safety in Off Campus Work including field work, field trips and business travel, which contains guidance on health and safety issues for off campus work.
Teaching in the clinical units of Endodontics is provided throughout the programme. Teaching methods in this component will include tutorials, seminars, clinical demonstrations, case presentations and clinical practice.
Reading from the scientific literature on related subjects will be assigned for seminars and journal clubs when required; the aim being to expose the student to a wide range of topics in a short period. Students will be challenged to assess the available evidence and to determine the biological and scientific basis for acceptable and non-acceptable methods and techniques.
Teaching will be given in clinical and laboratory aspects of Endodontics. This instruction will take the form of demonstrations, shadowing of Consultant staff, seminars, lectures and practical clinical exercises.
Students must attend all clinical and other timetabled sessions. Students will see their own patients following successful completion of the preclinical skills course. As the programme progresses students will be challenged with a range of patients including those who are medically compromised, those requiring complex treatment and re-treatments, and difficult interdisciplinary cases.
In Years 2 and 3, patients requiring restorative treatment will also be allocated. This will assist in meeting requirements to sit the Membership examination of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.
Students can expect to be exposed to a broad range of endodontic dentistry. The availability of these sessions varies throughout the year and throughout the 3 Year Programme. However, clinics cannot be replaced’ in case of clinicians’ annual leave, study leave or unexpected sickness. Students will attend up to four half day sessions per week which will include clinics and seminars and other learning opportunities. Where there is capacity students may be timetabled for additional clinical teaching.
Students are required to dress smartly (including the scrubs provided by the School of Medical Sciences, smart dark trousers or skirt and smart flat shoes) in accordance with the University and Hospital dress code. This will be strictly enforced.
For all clinical sessions students are expected be punctual and attend in time for the start of the sessions. The clinical supervisors reserve the right to refuse entry to clinic if students are inappropriately dressed or late to sessions.
Students are also expected to understand that they are able to observe or assist treatments or undertake procedures at the discretion of the clinical supervisor. If the clinical supervisor wishes to intervene for patient safety or reasons relating to respect or comfort of the patient, then they will do so and the student should respond professionally. Any disagreement or query about the decision should be discussed after the clinic.
If a student:
- is deemed to have adversely affected patient treatment
- is deemed to be unsafe
- has the potential to cause patient harm or
- disrupts the running of a clinic/theatre,
then the Clinical Lead for that specialty may withdraw the student from clinics to investigate the matter further.
Any investigation/meeting/s should take place within 5 working days of the event causing concern, during which time the student would remain withdrawn from clinics. Within a further 3 working days the student will receive a decision in writing.
Any malpractice or unprofessional conduct relating to a student academic studies will be dealt with in accordance with The University of Manchester Regulation XVII Conduct and Discipline of Students or The University of Manchester Academic Malpractice Procedure.
Postgraduate Taught Degree Regulations for Students
Students should familiarise themselves with the degree regulations for Postgraduate Taught Degrees by clicking on this link http://www.regulations.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate-degree-regulations/ or reading the University document here: Introduction to the Postgraduate Degree Regulations for Students
Please be aware that the MSc in Endodontics has some higher requirements to the University degree regulations and details of these are outlined below:
- DENT60023 Endodontic Portfolio has a clinical component worth 60% of the course unit. This component must be passed at 50% or more in order to progress onto Year 2 of the programme.
- There is additional criteria for the award of Distinction: you much have achieved 70% or above in both the taught and research components of the programme.
Assessment: Research Methods and Biostatistics
These core units are each assessed in the following way:
- All students are required to complete the unit material.
- Self-assessment occurs throughout the unit via online exercises and quizzes. These integrate into the material with the course units, and allow students to continuously monitor their progress and test understanding. Results of this self-assessment do not contribute to the overall Unit mark.
- Formal assessment occurs through two tutor-marked assignments (in the case of each unit): a mid-unit assignment, and a final assignment. Students will receive personal feedback for these assignments via Turnitin. In addition, the Research Methods unit requires your participation in the online Unit discussions. Each student is expected to contribute substantive comments to a minimum of three different discussions, one of which must be the small group discussion board activity.
- Assessment weighting. Research Methods, mid-unit assignment (35%), final assignment (60%) and discussion board activity (5%). Biostatistics, mid-unit assignment (40%) and final assignment (60%).
- The pass mark for the overall unit is 50% (40% for the PGDip).
- You may fail an assessment within the unit, but if your overall unit mark is 50% (40% for PGDip) or above you will not be required to re-sit the failed assessment(s). Should you achieve an overall mark of below 50% (40% for PGDip) then you may be required to re-sit.
- A student who fails any assessment of taught units may be permitted to re-sit the assessment on one further occasion.
Guidance for Presentation of Taught Masters Dissertations
The University of Manchester guidance on presentation of taught Masters Dissertations is available at:
Guidance for the presentation of Taught Masters dissertations
The guidance explains the required presentation of the dissertation, and failure to follow the instructions in the guidance may result in the dissertation being rejected by the examiners.
There is more information on taught masters dissertation requirements on Blackboard: https://my.manchester.ac.uk
Turnitin and Plagiarism
Plagiarism and Other Forms of Academic Malpractice
Academic malpractice is any activity - intentional or otherwise - that is likely to undermine the integrity essential to scholarship and research. It includes plagiarism, collusion, fabrication or falsification of results, and anything else that could result in unearned or undeserved credit for those committing it. Academic malpractice can result from a deliberate act of cheating or may be committed unintentionally. Whether intended or not, all incidents of academic malpractice will be treated seriously by the University.
The Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health have designed a learning module to raise your awareness of academic malpractice and how it can occur in general writing during your studies. This resource can be accessed via Blackboard - SMS Introductory Course and must be completed before you submit your first piece of academic writing for assessment.
The University provides workshops and online training via My Learning Essentials
Please refer to the University of Manchester guidance to students on plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice
The full guidance document can be viewed here: http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=2870
Academic Malpractice: Procedure for the Handling of Cases can be found at: http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/DocuInfo.aspx?DocID=639
The University uses electronic systems for the purposes of detecting plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice and for marking. Such systems include TurnitinUK, the plagiarism detection service used by the University.
As part of the formative and/or summative assessment process, you may be asked to submit electronic versions of your work to TurnitinUK and/or other electronic systems used by the University (this requirement may be in addition to a requirement to submit a paper copy of your work). If you are asked to do this, you must do so within the required timescales.
The School also reserves the right to submit work handed in by you for formative or summative assessment to TurnitinUK and/or other electronic systems used by the University.
Please note that when work is submitted to the relevant electronic systems, it may be copied and then stored in a database to allow appropriate checks to be made.
Mitigating circumstances are personal or medical circumstances which are unforeseeable and unpreventable that could have a significant adverse effect on your academic performance. You should only submit a mitigating circumstances application if you consider it serious enough, and the timing critical, to have affected your performance in your assessed work and examinations.
Request for mitigation must be submitted via the online form, in advance of your assessment submission deadline or exam. Requests for mitigation submitted after the assessment or exam (except those requests made as a result of circumstances that have arisen during the course of that assessment period) will not be considered without a credible and compelling explanation as to why the circumstances were not known before the beginning of the assessment period or why you were unable to complete or submit an application prior to the assessment or exam. Please note that not informing the University of circumstances due to personal feelings of embarrassment and pride, or having concerns over the confidential treatment of requests for mitigation, are not considered to be credible and compelling explanations
All mitigating circumstances applications must be supported by independent third party evidence. The type of evidence required will vary according to the nature of the circumstances. Examples of evidence include a doctor or other health professional’s letter, counsellor’s letter, self-certification form signed by your GP or GP’s Medical Practice (for illnesses of 7 days and under only). Please note that it is a University policy that the self-certification form must be signed by a GP; we cannot accept forms which have not been signed by a GP. Please note that if evidence has not been received within 2 weeks of the submission of your form, and you have not contacted them to inform them of any delay, your application will be refused and no further action will be taken.
Any requests for mitigation will be considered confidentially by a mitigating circumstances panel or sub-panel. Where a request for mitigation is supported, a recommendation will be made to the exam board for them to decide on the best course of action for the student.
You are advised to consult the following guidance, which directs you to seek advice and support before and whilst submitting a request for mitigation.
Guidance for students is available on the web: A Basic Guide to Mitigating Circumstances
For further information about the process and acceptable grounds for mitigation see: Mitigating Circumstances Policy & Procedures: http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/DocuInfo.aspx?DocID=4271
Mitigating Circumstances Meeting Dates
Please be advised that any requests need to be submitted by midday 7 days before the pre-arranged Mitigating Circumstances meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org . The dates of Mitigating Circumstances meetings for the 2021/22 academic year are as follows:
- Wednesday 15th September 2021
- Wednesday 13th October 2021
- Wednesday 17th November 2021
- Wednesday 15th December 2021
- Wednesday 19th January 2022
- Wednesday 19th February 2022
- Wednesday 16th March 2022
- Wednesday 13th April 2022
- Wednesday 18th May 2022
- Wednesday 15th June 2022
- Wednesday 20th July 2022
- Wednesday 17th August 2022
Late Submission Penalty (Including Dissertation)
Work submitted after the deadline without prior approval will be subject to a late penalty in accordance with the University Policy on Submission of Work for Summative Assessment on Taught Programmes. The penalty applied is 10% of available marks deducted per day/24 hours (from the time of the original or extended deadline), until the assignment is submitted or no marks remain.
Penalties for late submission relate to 24 hours/calendar days, so include weekends and weekdays, as well as bank holidays and University closure days.
The mark awarded for the piece of work will be reduced by:
10% of the available marks deducted if up to 24 hours (1 day) late
20% of the available marks deducted if up to 48 hours (2 days) late
30% of the available marks deducted if up to 72 hours (3 days) late
40% of the available marks deducted if up to 96 hours (4 days) late
50% of the available marks deducted if up to 120 hours (5 days) late
60% of the available marks deducted if up to 144 hours (6 days) late
70% of the available marks deducted if up to 168 hours (7 days) late
80% of the available marks deducted if up to 192 hours (8 days) late
90% of the available marks deducted if up to 216 hours (9 days) late
100% of the available marks deducted if up to 240 hours (10 days) late
If the assessment is submitted within 10 days of the deadline the assessment should be marked and feedback to the student provided. If this mark before the penalty is applied reaches the appropriate pass mark but the applied penalty results in a fail of the assessment, the student should not be required to resit the assessment as the original mark can be taken as the resit mark. Further information and examples can be found in the Policy and associated Guidance documents.
For work submitted more than 10 days late, it is regarded as a non-submission and need not be marked. In this case a mark of zero will be awarded and normal resit regulations will apply.
The sliding scale should only be applied to first-sit submissions. For all referred (resit) assessment, any late submission will automatically receive a mark of zero.
For further information:
Assignment Word Count (Including Dissertation)
In accordance with the University Policy on Marking:
Each written assignment has a word limit which you must state at the top of your first page. It is acceptable, without penalty, for you to submit an assignment within a range that is plus 10% of this limit. If you present an assignment with a word count exceeding the specified limit+10%, the assignment will be marked but 1% will be deducted from this mark for every 100 words over the limit given.
For an original word limit that is 1000 words and an assignment that is marked out of 100. If a submission is made that is 1101 words then it exceeded the 10% leeway, and is more than 100 words over the original limit and should receive a 1 mark deduction.
In accordance with accepted academic practice, when submitting any written assignment for summative assessment, the notion of a word count includes the following without exception:
- All titles or headings that form part of the actual text. This does not include the fly page or reference list
- All words that form the actual essay
- All words forming the titles for figures, tables and boxes, are included but this does not include boxes or tables or figures themselves
- All in-text (that is bracketed) references
- All directly quoted material
Certain assessments may require different penalties for word limits to be applied. For example, if part of the requirement for the assessment is conciseness of presentation of facts and arguments. In such cases it may be that no 10% leeway is allowed and penalties applied may be stricter than described above. In such cases the rules for word count limits and the penalties to be applied will be clearly stated in the assessment brief and in the submission details for that assessment.
Word Count Guide
What is and what is not included in the word count. Please note: Depending on the type of assessment, not all sections will be applicable.
|List of tables, figures||No|
|Glossary of Terms||No|
|Background, Critical Review of Existing Literature||Yes|
|Citations in the main text||Yes|
|Directly quoted material in the main text||Yes|
|List of references||No|
|Tables and Figures||The titles, footnotes and citations for Tables and Figures are included but the actual text within them is not.|
Fitness to Practise
Where a programme of study requires the student to undertake practical training in a quasi-professional role in relation to patients, clients or service-users or where the qualification provides a direct license to practise, the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health has a duty to ensure that the student is fit to practise. In order to protect present or future patients, clients or service users and to comply with the requirements of professional/regulatory bodies, the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health has established a procedure for dealing with student-related fitness to practise issues.
Fitness to Practise issues are initially investigated and considered locally within the School (e.g. by a Health and Conduct Committee) and if necessary referred to the Faculty Fitness to Practise Committee.
A student may appeal against the decision of a Fitness to Practise Committee within twenty days of the decision but only on one or more of the following grounds:
a) procedural irregularity;
b) availability of new evidence which could not reasonably have been expected to be presented to the original hearing;
c) the disproportionate nature of the penalty.
The TLSO facilitates the arrangements for Fitness to Practise Appeals Committees. An Appeals Committee has the power to confirm or alter the original decision, and the outcome is confirmed to students in a Completion of Procedures letter. A student may then decide to pursue a complaint with the OIA.
Information on Fitness to Practise related matters can be found at: www.tlso.manchester.ac.uk/appeals-complaints/fitnesstopractise
Academic Appeals, Complaints, Conduct and Discipline
- The University’s Student Complaints Procedure (Regulation XVIII) and associated documents, including a complaints form, can be found at www.regulations.manchester.ac.uk/academic
- The University has separate procedures to address complaints of bullying, harassment, discrimination and/or victimisation - see https://www.reportandsupport.manchester.ac.uk/
- Students thinking of submitting a formal complaint should, in most instances, attempt informal resolution first (see the procedure). Formal complaints should be submitted on the relevant form to Faculty Appeals and Complaints Team, Room 3.21, Simon Building, University of Manchester, M13 9PL (e-mail: FBMHappealsandcomplaints@manchester.ac.uk).
Conduct and Discipline of Students
- General University information on the conduct and discipline of students can be found at https://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/tlso/academic-appeals-complaints-and-misconduct/
- Faculty policies for students on communication and dress code, social networking. and drugs and alcohol can be found at:
- http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=29038 (Communication and Dress Code)
- http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=29039 (Drugs and Alcohol)
- http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=29040 (Social Networking)
- Information on Academic Malpractice and how to avoid it can be found at http://www.regulations.manchester.ac.uk/guidance-to-students-on-plagiarism-and-other-forms-of-academic-malpractice/
- In accordance with the Policy on Submission of Work for Summative Assessment on Taught Programmes, ‘All typed summative assessment, including dissertations, should be submitted online and subjected to plagiarism detection software, where appropriate’.
The University Library has produced online resources to help students in avoiding plagiarism and academic malpractice at:
The University may share appropriate information relating to your health and/or conduct with external organisations such as your sponsors, placement and training providers and/or regulator. This may occur where concerns in relation to your health and/or conduct arise and the University considers it necessary for them to be disclosed to one or more of the above organisations. The University’s Privacy Notice for Registered Students (which is accessible via this link) includes further information about how the University may use and process your personal data, including the legal basis and conditions which may be relevant to such processing (see section 6 of the Privacy Notice). The University will only disclose special category data (such as data relating to your health) to a third party organisation where one of the additional conditions are satisfied (see section 9 of the Privacy Notice), including where processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest.
Student Privacy Notice
The University of Manchester needs to collect, maintain and use personal data relating to you to allow us to process your application for study, register you as a student, to administer your course and to provide facilities during your time as a student. We will also use your data to keep in touch with you after you have graduated, and contact you to complete a graduate outcomes survey.
We share this data within the University in order to deliver a high standard of service to you, so it is important that you regularly check to see that we have up to date information about you in the Student System. We are occasionally required to share your information with external agencies who have need for it, such as the Higher Education Statistics Agency, or Student Loans Company. We may also ask other agencies for the information they have about you, in order to verify the personal details you provide.
Please read the full Privacy Notice - Registered Students here.
4. Student Progression
You are required to attend all lectures, seminars, clinics, field trips, tutorials, and other events or meetings concerned with the conduct of the programme, as well as meeting the specified due dates for the submission of work for comment or assessment, and attending examinations, tests, or other forms of assessment.
Absence from compulsory classes and examinations must be authorized by the Programme Director and students are required to provide appropriate certification for absences caused by illness, which must be handed in to your Programme Administrator. Students are not normally permitted to be absent from their programme of study during term time. Students requesting to take leave in academic term time must complete an “Application for Leave” form, available from your Programme Administrator.
If you experience ongoing problems with attendance, you should discuss these difficulties with your Programme Director. Taking unauthorized leave during term time without first being officially granted permission to do so may result in referral to a Division of Dentistry Progress Committee. Your Programme Director will keep the work and attendance of students under continuous review throughout the academic year.
It is important to note that it is a requirement for you to engage fully with your programme and your Programme Administrator will be checking engagement with the virtual learning environment weekly. Attendance at clinics will also be closely monitored. If you fail to do this without appropriate reasons and/or without supporting documentation (e.g. medical evidence for cases of sick leave), your case will be referred to the School of Medical Science’s Graduate Education Manager.
If religious observance will affect your attendance at normal teaching and learning activities in ways that will cause problems, you should discuss this issue with your Programme Director. The Division will give sympathetic consideration to any such request and will try to make reasonable adjustments. However, adjustments can only be made provided that the standards of the degree are maintained (e.g. a student would not simply be excused from parts of the programme affected by his/her religious observance). You should also understand that adjustments may not always be possible if required to attend clinics that coincide with a religious holiday.
Please read the regulations for work and attendance as outlined in the University’s General Regulation: http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=1895
For further information see:
Interruptions to programme and extensions to writing up
It is the expectation of the University that postgraduate taught students pursue their studies on a continuous basis for the stipulated duration of their programme. However, it is recognised that students may encounter personal difficulties or situations which may seriously disrupt or delay their studies. In some cases, an interruption or extension to your programme of study may be the most sensible option.
Students who wish to interrupt the programme or extend to write up the dissertation should initially discuss their plans and reasons with the Programme Director and/or their Academic Advisor.
Students should also provide documentary evidence when appropriate, for example, doctor’s letter, sick note etc.
The forms required for formal application are available from your Programme Administrator.
Tier 4 Visa Attendance Monitoring Census
The University operates attendance monitoring census points within the academic year in order to confirm the attendance of students holding a Tier 4 Student Visa. This is to ensure the University meets the UKVI statutory requirements as a sponsor of Tier 4 students and its responsibilities in accordance with its Highly Trusted Sponsor status.
If you are a Tier 4 visa holder, you must attend these attendance monitoring census points, in addition to complying with your programme’s attendance requirements.
When are the census points?
There are usually 4 census points each academic year:
- September/October (to coincide with Registration)
- If you are a new student, registration is your first point to confirm your attendance at the University and you will not be required to attend a separate census point in the Autumn.
- You will receive an e-mail from your Programme Administrator to confirm when and where you should go to have your attendance confirmed. You must check your University e-mail account regularly. Failure to check your e-mail account is not a valid reason to be absent from a census point.
What if a Tier 4 student cannot attend a census point?
If you cannot attend in person due to a valid reason which includes: illness; placement; field studies; on year abroad; research work; or any other reason connected to your programme of study, you must email your programme administrator to inform us of your absence and your inability to attend in person. In the case of illness, you must provide a copy of a medical certificate. If you are in this position you should report in person to the School as soon as possible after you return to campus.
Students who are recorded as interrupting their studies are not expected to attend during their period of interruption.
What happens if a student does not attend a census point?
The School must be able to confirm your presence to the UKVI by the end of each census point in the academic year. If you do not attend a census point when required by your School and you do not provide a valid explanation for your absence you will be deemed to be “not in attendance”.
Those students identified as “not in attendance” will be reported to the UKVI and the University will cease to sponsor the student’s Tier 4 visa. The Tier 4 visa will then be curtailed and the student must leave the UK within 60 days.
For more information on Tier 4 visas: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa
If you have any concerns about the attendance monitoring census points, or your Tier 4 visa status, please contact or visit https://www.studentsupport.manchester.ac.uk/immigration-and-visas/ or email email@example.com
Withdrawal from the Programme
Students who are considering withdrawing from the programme should discuss this in the first instance with the Programme Director.
If arrangements for withdrawal need to be made, this will be handled by the Programme Administrator, who will manage communication with the Fees and Records Departments and other University bodies as appropriate OR Students may liaise directly with the Programme Administrator who will communicate this information directly to the University Student Services Centre.
5. Student Support and Guidance
Student Support and Guidance
Student support and guidance within the programme
Support and advice is available to all students both formally and informally from the Programme Directors, the Programme Administrator and research project supervisors.
If you have any queries or would like to discuss any issues at all – academic, administrative, technical or personal – please do not hesitate to get in touch. All personal issues will be dealt with confidentially.
If we are unable to help you directly, we can put you in touch with many of the support services that are available to students of the University through our Student Services Centre.
You can approach these services independently, without the involvement of programme staff. Please refer to the Blackboard Space on Student Support and Guidance which is available via https://my.manchester.ac.uk
Academic Success Programme
You’re studying at the University of Manchester – congratulations! Writing and speaking Academic English can be challenging, even for native speakers. Our team of experienced tutors are here to support you, and will help boost your confidence to work independently in English through a series of interactive workshops - freely available to all University of Manchester students.
To find out more, and to register, please go to www.manchester.ac.uk/academicsuccessprogramme
The Academic Writing workshops are delivered via live synchronous video sessions, and offer faculty-specific support covering both the basics and the finer points of good academic writing. The sessions are interactive and encourage small group work to solve problems and edit texts. Our Academic Grammar workshops are also online and open to students from all faculties. They include the fundamentals of good sentence structure as well as more subtle ways of showing nuance and emphasis.
There are also self-study resources available via our Blackboard community – details, and registration, is via the “Online Resources” link.
Should you have further queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS)
The University of Manchester welcomes students with a disability or specific learning difficulties. The University has a Disability Advisory and Support Service, who can supply further information and DASS advisors will be pleased to meet you to discuss you needs. DASS will liaise with your School through the Disability Coordinator to make the necessary arrangements for your support during your time in Manchester.
The DASS office can also provide a copy of the University’s Disability Statement, ‘Opportunities for Students with Additional Support Needs at the University of Manchester’ which sets out the policy and provision for students with a disability.
DASS Contact Details:-
Location: 2nd Floor, University Place
Tel (Disability Service) +44 (0)161 275 7512
Tel (Assessment Centre) +44 (0)161 275 0990
Mobile Number (Text only for d/Deaf students) 07899 658 790
Email (Disability Service) email@example.com
Email (Assessment Centre) firstname.lastname@example.org
School Disability Coordinator Contact Details:-
Religious Observance and Looking after yourself and your patients during Ramadan
Policy on Religious Observance:
- University Policy
- The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health has produced guidance for healthcare students on fasting and caring: Fasting and Caring - Looking after yourself and your patients during Ramadan: guidance for health care students.
6. Student Representation and Feedback
Student Representation and Feedback
A Student Representative is a student leader and works in partnership with the University staff and Students’ Union to represent the views and experiences of student peers.
The programme’s Student Rep is expected to:
- Complete general SU training & specific school or programme training
- Contact your cohort (other students on your course) to introduce yourself & gather feedback
- Work with staff, the SU and other reps to act on feedback and enact change
- Use existing data to suggest improvements to student experience
- Attend regular staff-student meetings to deliver feedback & propose change
- Attend Faculty level feedback meetings (i.e. Faculty Forum)
There is a dedicated team in the Students’ Union available to support reps with each aspect of the role, along with staff contacts in each programme who help to facilitate the staff-student meetings.
If you are interested in becoming a voluntary Student Rep, you need to complete a sign-up form, which is available on the Students’ Union website. Do note if more than one person is interested in the role, then each candidate will be asked to write a short proposal, which is circulated to other students on your programme and an election will be held.
You can find more information by visiting the SMS PGT Student Support Hub.
7. Programme Management
Programme Management and Committee Structure
The programme is managed and operated in accordance with the policies, principles, regulations and procedures of the University of Manchester.
Programme Directors relate to the School and Faculty Postgraduate Teaching Committees on matters relating to admissions, exams, reviews and approval of new programmes and units, quality assurance etc. and policy issues of broad relevance to the Graduate School.
The Programme Committee will meet each semester and consist of the Programme Director, Programme Administrator, Programme Committee members and the unit co-ordinators.
The remit of the committee will be to:
- Oversee the teaching, assessment and examining arrangements;
- Monitor cohort progression including failure rate, withdrawal rate;
- Evaluate the extent to which the learning outcomes are achieved by students;
- Monitor, maintain and enhance standards of all aspects of the programme;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum and of assessment in relation to programme learning outcomes;
- Evaluate the effectiveness and relevance of the teaching and learning methods employed;
- Review and revise the programme in the light of any relevant Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) benchmarks, any other relevant external and/or professional requirements and developing knowledge in the subject area;
- Receive, consider and respond to feedback from students, employers and external examiners;
- Where the need for change is identified, effect the changes quickly and efficiently;
- Produce an annual action plan via annual monitoring;
- Produce reports for periodic review
- Produce relevant information for an Institutional Audit;
- Review programme documentation, e.g., programme handbooks, programme specifications, promotional literature and programme website;
- Ensure suitable and efficient arrangements are in place for recruitment, admission and induction.
The Programme Committee acts as a curriculum development team for the Programme. The Programme Committee will report to a School, or Department, or Faculty level committee. The Programme Director is responsible for the management of the programme, and the Programme Committee is established to support the Programme Director in the carrying out of their responsibilities.
Clinical Unit Management Team for MSc Endodontics
The Clinical Unit Management Team comprises:
Dr. J. Cunliffe: Programme Director
Prof. A. Qualtrough: Reader/Hon.Consultant
Dr. I. Charlesworth: Part-time Clinical Teacher
Dr. A. Moumtzis: Part-time Clinical Teacher
Dr. A. Haque: Part-time Clinical Teacher
Dr. I. Hussain: Part-time Clinical Teacher
The Clinical Unit Management Team is responsible for:
- Programme content
- Examination questions
- Assessment of candidates
Roles and responsibilities
The Role of Programme Director:
The responsibilities of your Programme Director include: overseeing their specialty PGT programme(s) and working with the administration staff to ensure the programme is delivered effectively, to include coordination of clinical experience and dissertation projects/supervisors; liaising with other Programme Directors to coordinate postgraduate teaching across the school including the development of a core lecture series and programme handbooks, incorporating Personal and Academic Development Plans; Monitoring student progression and coordinating relevant and effective contemporary assessment of the programme; ensuring contemporary and relevant teaching methods are in place to effectively deliver the programme.
The Role of Supervisor:
If you are pursuing a Master’s degree, then you will be allocated a Supervisor within one month of commencement (three months for part-time programmes) for the ‘research element’ of the programme; namely, the dissertation. Responsibilities of the Supervisor include: giving guidance about the nature of research and the standard expected; planning of the research project, literature and sources. The relationship between you and your Supervisor is of central importance. Both you and your Supervisor have a responsibility to ensure that the dissertation is completed within the prescribed period of the programme. Supervisors and students should establish at the initial meeting clear and explicit expectations of each other to minimise the risks and problems of misunderstanding, personality clashes, inadequate supervision or unsatisfactory work. At the meeting, the proposed research topic should be discussed, and the student and Supervisor should draw up a timetable of initial aims for the first few months.
The Role of Adviser:
All postgraduate taught students are allocated a member of staff who will act as an Adviser. The Adviser should support both you and your Supervisor and assist in monitoring your general progress. The Adviser should take part in both pre- and post-meeting discussions with the Supervisor if there are issues arising that need attention, and be available for these sorts of discussions informally, outside the framework of the formal meetings. The appraisal should be recorded on the meeting record forms. The Adviser is responsible for ensuring that deadlines are met for submission of the Progress Report and the dissertation. The Adviser need not have specialist knowledge in the particular research discipline. The role of the Adviser is not in any way meant to disturb the special relationship between you and your Supervisor. However, if you feel the need to discuss matters, whether academic or otherwise, with another person, the Adviser will be available to do that.
The Role of Programme Administrator:
You will be allocated an administrator who will be available to help you with any problems that are not directly related to your academic studies.
As a postgraduate student at the University of Manchester who is a qualified health professional, you are expected to behave at all times in a way that is consistent with the recommendations or Code of Practice of the General Dental Council.
You should be aware that in the event of misconduct, dishonesty, unprofessional behaviour, or other behaviour or illness (e.g. mental health illness) that raises the possibility that your fitness to practise may be impaired, the University has a duty to protect the public and to inform the relevant professional regulatory body. This means, for example, that if you are found to be dishonest (e.g. plagiarism, collusion, falsification of research data or other forms of cheating emerge in your work for the programme) the matter may be reported by the University to the relevant professional regulatory body.
Students who are dishonest, not only risk failing to be awarded the intended degree, but also may place at risk their whole professional career. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with the University’s Plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice regulations, available at:
The role of the External Examiner
External Examiners are individuals from another institution or organisation who monitor the assessment processes of the University to ensure fairness and academic standards. They ensure that assessment and examination procedures have been fairly and properly implemented and that decisions have been made after appropriate deliberation. They also ensure that standards of awards and levels of student performance are at least comparable with those in equivalent higher education institutions.
External Examiners’ reports
External Examiners’ reports relating to this programme will be shared with student representatives and details of any actions carried out by the programme team/School in response to the External Examiners’ comments will be discussed. Students should contact their student representatives if they require any further information about External Examiners’ reports or the process for considering them.
The External Examiner for this programme is Professor Fadi Jarad, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, University of Liverpool.
8. Learning Resources
The University of Manchester Library
The University of Manchester Library provides you with the resources and support you need throughout your programme. The Main Library houses all of the essential text books whilst the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons provides a 24/7 learning environment in addition to study skills workshops. The Library also has an extensive collection of eBooks, databases and journals available online.
The My Library tab in My Manchester has quick links to all of the Library’s resources and services available to students.
You will need your student card to access all library sites around campus. Many of our services and resources also require you to confirm that you are a registered student. This authentication can be your student card, the ID number on the card, your Library PIN, the central username and password you use to log on, or a combination of these.
There is a library guide for Dentistry students giving all of the latest information on resources and learning and research services available. This is a good starting point if you are looking for any library resources or information related to your course.
Each course module in Blackboard includes an online reading list, so you can quickly check availability and directly access e-books, digitised chapters and e-journals or articles.
The Main Library
The main collection of books on dental topics, along with those for other health related subjects such as Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, are located in Blue 2 of the Main Library.
The Main Library offers group study rooms, individual study space options and computer clusters. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building and a cafe lounge can be found on the ground floor. The Library has long opening hours and extends these during exam periods. Please check Locations and Opening Hours for full details on opening hours and facilities.
The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons
The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is a state-of-the-art learning environment with 24/7 opening hours throughout term-time. The Learning Commons has flexible open learning spaces with multimedia facilities, computer clusters and 30 bookable group study rooms with whiteboards and media screens.
There is a series of training workshops covering a variety of academic and transferable skills hosted in the training room at the Learning Commons. These workshops include training on revision/study skills, note-taking and other topics and have been developed by the Learning Commons staff in partnership with other teams across the University. Full details of training sessions are available in the My Learning Essentials Calendar.
University Computer Facilities
The University has one of the largest academic computing facilities in Europe, with a wide range of IT Services for students.
Students at the University have access to a wealth of resources including research support services, PC clusters, email and Internet access, wireless access, Microsoft applications, printing facilities, network document storage, student portal, eLearning environment and the extensive electronic resources managed by John Rylands University Library.
You will find the most up-to-date information about our services on the IT Services website, so throughout this guide you will find web addresses which direct you to more detailed information on the web site: http://bmh-elearning.org/technical-support/
Packed full of information, the website provides details of the services available to users including useful information about day-to-day help and support and information about protection from the latest viruses etc. We recommend you visit the ‘Getting Started’ section of the site first.
University PC Clusters
The University’s Public PC Clusters are available for any staff or student to use. Operated on behalf of the University by the IT Services division, they are present at various locations on campus and also in some Halls of Residence. Opening times for each cluster will vary but at least one cluster operates 24/7 and two clusters operate 23/5 plus extended opening times at weekends.
Some clusters will be booked for teaching and learning purposes at various times, therefore you are advised to visit the website: http://www.itservices.manchester.ac.uk/pcclusters/pcclusterlocations/ or the Central IT Service Desk for the latest opening times and PC Cluster information.
Student IT Support Helpdesk http://www.itservices.manchester.ac.uk/
Division Computer Facilities
Postgraduate dental students have access to a computer cluster in the Postgraduate Suite located in the Dentistry Division. Printing is free of charge in these facilities. Use of printers elsewhere in the University will incur a charge. Personal printing and sending printing to the clusters from remote locations is strictly prohibited.
Access to the computers is via a standard University username which is obtained from any of the main campus computers displaying the standard blue logon screen or from the registration computers at University Place, by answering the questions when prompted students can gain access to and receive their username and password. This will enable them to use any of the computers to which any student has access.
Photocopying facilities within the Division of Dentistry are free of charge. See your administrator for access.
There is a charge for using photocopiers in the University Library. Only material that cannot be removed from the library should be photocopied using these machines.
Although the Programme Administrator is always available for non-academic advice, no support is offered with respect to word-processing, typing or photocopying. Funds, however, are made available to students for photography, photocopying and inter-library loans as required via the Programme Administrator.
There is a student common room on the second floor of the Dental Hospital. The Division asks that you keep the room tidy. The Division is not responsible for students’ personal items left in the room.
Please note that this social space should not be used for the purposes of prayer. Details of nearby worship facilities can be found on the Interactive Campus Map
Lockers are available in the Dental Hospital. A £10 deposit is required to secure a key which is refundable upon return of the key at the end of your studies. Keys can be obtained from the Accounts Office on the ground floor of the Dental Hospital (via the staff entrance).
Policy on use of telephones, faxes, computers, e-mail
The use of mobile phones in clinical areas is prohibited and phones must be switched off during lecture/seminar sessions. The use of landline phones and faxes is only permitted for official business.
Access to Coupland 3 Building and the Dental Hospital
Division of Dentistry: The doors to the Coupland 3 building will be open from 8.30a.m.- 5.00p.m. but ‘out of hours’ access to the Postgraduate Study Area is available via your swipe card.
Dental Hospital: The front entrance to the Dental Hospital will open automatically at 8.15 a.m. and close at 5.15p.m.
IT Services and eLearning
IT Services Support Centre online
Details of what IT support is available and how to access it can be found on the FBMH eLearning Support page.
Login to the Support Centre online to log a request, book an appointment for an IT visit, or search the Knowledge Base.
Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 5544 (or extension 65544). Telephone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In person: Walk-up help and support is available at the Joule Library, Main Library or Alan Gilbert Learning Commons:
Use Support Centre online for support with eLearning, from where you may make a request, or search the Knowledge Base.
For IT and eLearning support visit:
Blackboard, the University's 'virtual learning environment', will be used for online teaching.
What is Blackboard?
Blackboard is a web-based system that complements and builds upon traditional learning methods used at The University of Manchester. By using Blackboard you can
- view course materials and learning resources,
- communicate with lectures and other students,
- collaborate in groups,
- get feedback
- submit assignments
- monitoring your own progress at a time and place of your own convenience.
Training in the use of software
The Faculty eLearning team have produced a short introduction to Blackboard for new students. The recording is hosted in two places: the Video Portal and on YouTube:
The recording is just over seven minutes long and covers most of the commonly used tools in Blackboard.
9. Useful Links
Academic and Student Support Policies
Academic Support Policies
A full list of University Policies and documents
General University information on the Conduct and Discipline of Students
Information on Academic Malpractice and how to avoid it
Work and Attendance of Students (Regulation XX)
Students should access Blackboard via My Manchester
University Language Centre – Study English - Tel: 0161 306 3397