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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 Helen Jopling
Director of Education

Welcome Letter From Programme Director


Dear postgraduate student,

As Programme Director for the MSc in Clinical Dentistry: Paediatric Dentistry, I would like to warmly welcome you to Manchester and the Paediatric Dental department within the University Dental Hospital Manchester and the Division of Dentistry in the School of Medical Sciences.

Paediatric Dentistry is an age-defined rather than a technique-defined speciality and gives the opportunity to treat infants, children and adolescents between birth and the age of sixteen years. It is an amazing and very rewarding speciality and will require an in-depth study of the Paediatric Dental literature as well as the development of very specific clinical skills. You will provide comprehensive care for a group who are unique in their development, oral diseases and behaviour.

You will be introduced to our fantastic team of dentists and dental nurses, all of whom will help you in any way they can to settle in and become familiar with the day to day working of the department. We have a team of seven consultants between the University Dental Hospital Manchester and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital as well as many speciality trainees, core trainees and speciality dentists. They have a wealth of knowledge to impart and you will be taught by many of the senior staff during your time in Manchester.

I hope that you will feel welcome and comfortable in this new environment and please don’t hesitate to ask if you need any assistance – we’re all here to help. The study of Paediatric Dentistry is an exhilarating journey and I wish you every success in your studies.

Kind regards,

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Professor and Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry/Programme Director

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.

Staff Contacts

Prof Siobhan Barry

Programme Director

Tel: 0161 275 8936


Office location: Coupland III Building

Programme Support Contact Details

Paediatric Clinical Reception

Tel: 0161 275 6668

Office Location: Orthodontic Reception, Dental Hospital (Floor 2)

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.

We’re adjusting our COVID-19 guidance in line with the latest government recommendations.

We will continue to move forward with caution to protect ourselves, each other, and the most vulnerable in our society. For the latest advice, please refer to the UK government’s coronavirus information.

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:-

 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 ( 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. Content 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 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.

 * 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.

Online Training

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.

Overview Of The Programme

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 –

Biostatistics Unit

(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

Face-to-Face Sessions

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

(15 credits) 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

Learning objectives 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)

Face-to-Face Sessions These are mandatory for all students taking Research Methods (except Distance Learning students): Recommended Books for the Research Methods Unit Basic Epidemiology 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. Available electronically:;jsessionid=F677085EC084F613B7DDF62021AE315D?sequence=1 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) Available electronically: 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) Available electronically: 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 ISBN 9781118595107 Available electronically: 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 ISBN 9780952283905 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 ISBN 9780230278646 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 ISBN 1841841994 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.

Teaching, Learning and Assessments

Assessment information for your programme

Please refer to your Blackboard unit spaces for more information regarding coursework and assessment, including submission deadlines:

Placement Learning

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.

Clinical Teaching

The Specialty Clinical Unit on the MSc Paediatric is provided throughout the programme, it is designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning. The taught elements are based around small group learning, didactic seminars, practical skills training, online learning and student-led enhancement sessions.

Clinical teaching involves close supervision of a personal cohort of patients with severe malocclusions led by orthodontic specialists and hospital consultants.

The type of teaching and learning opportunities vary, and include tutorials, small group seminars, self-directed learning and laboratory tuition.

In addition, activities on the taught clinical unit are supplemented by:

  • Participation in appropriate extra-curricular clinical courses
  • Attendance at seminars given by guest lecturers.

The mandatory clinical training module that complements the MSc programme provides you with the opportunity to put the knowledge gained through the taught unit into practice on closely supervised clinics within the Dental Hospital and associated local Hospital Trusts.

During this time students provide treatment for a carefully selected group of patients under direct supervision of Consultant Paediatric.

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 Paediatric. This instruction will take the form of demonstrations, shadowing of Consultant staff, seminars, lectures and practical clinical exercises.

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) – as 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 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 or reading the University document here: Introduction to the Postgraduate Degree Regulations for Students

Postgraduate Degree Regulations and exemptions

Please be aware this programme has some higher requirements to the University degree regulations and details of these are outlined below:

  • to gain the award of Distinction: students must achieve an average of 70% or above in both the taught element and the dissertation.


Assessment: Research Methods and Biostatistics

These core units are each assessed in the following way:

  1. All students are required to complete the unit material.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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%).
  5. The pass mark for the overall unit is 50% (40% for the PGDip).
  6. 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.
  7. A student who fails any assessment of taught units may be permitted to re-sit the assessment on one further occasion.


Assessments are carried out by academic members of staff of the University of Manchester and by the appointed external examiner. The latter moderates the submitted assignments and written papers and also leads the viva voce examination.

An anonymous marking scheme is used. The scripts (and information on computer disks) will be marked independently by two examiners. Any discrepancies will be discussed. Students’ names are revealed only when marking of all manuscripts has been completed.

N.B. Taught units totalling 120 credits must be passed before the candidate may proceed to the dissertation.

Resit Examinations

If a unit with several assessment components is failed, only those components not passed will require a resit.

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: 

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: Academic Malpractice: Procedure for the Handling of Cases can be found at: Turnitin 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 and Short Extensions to coursework

Short Extensions to coursework

If personal circumstances affect a student’s ability to submit an assessment (not including exams or presentations), they are eligible to request a short extension (up to 2 weeks) to their submission date (on top of any DASS automatic extension they may be entitled to). Reasons may include (but not limited to)
  • Short term illness or injury
  • Acute stress from personal or financial issues
 All requests for a short extension to a submission date must be approved by the Programme Director (PD) and while the request is being processed, the submission due date remains unchanged.
If you require a short extension to a summative assessment, pelase submit your request via the online form
Requests for short extensions must be received at least 5 days before the submission due date. If your request is being made less than 5 days before the published submission date, you should complete a Mitigating Circumstances request.

Mitigating Circumstances

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:

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: Guidance on Late Submission Policy on the Submission of Work for Summative Assessment on Taught Programmes


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.

Title page No
Contents No
List of tables, figures No
Glossary of Terms No
Page numbers No
Abstract No
Declaration No
Intellectual Property No
Acknowledgements No
Introduction Yes
Background, Critical Review of Existing Literature Yes
Aims Yes
Methods Yes
Results Yes
Discussions Yes
Conclusions Yes
Recommendations Yes
Citations in the main text Yes
Directly quoted material in the main text Yes
List of references No
Appendices 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:

Academic Appeals, Complaints, Conduct and Discipline

Academic Appeals

Student Complaints

  • The University’s Student Complaints Procedure (Regulation XVIII) and associated documents, including a complaints form, can be found at
  • The University has separate procedures to address complaints of bullying, harassment, discrimination and/or victimisation – see
  • 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:

Conduct and Discipline of Students

The University Library has produced online resources to help students in avoiding plagiarism and academic malpractice at:

Sharing Information

The University may share appropriate information relating to your health and/or conduct with external organisations such as your professional employer(s) (for example, relevant NHS Trust, Professional and Statutory Regulatory Bodies (PSRB)), 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 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: For further information see: Regulation XX Monitoring Attendance and Wellbeing of Students

Special Permissions

Interruptions to programme and extensions to writing up ‘Special permissions’ are changes to your student registration (usually as a result of a change in your personal circumstances) and they include

  • Interruptions-of-study;
  • extensions to the final submission deadline of dissertations,
  • changes in programme or mode of attendance.

In all of these instances you should first of all discuss any of these matters with your Programme Director. Then, if the outcome of those discussions is that you will proceed to request one of the above changes to your student registration, then you should contact your Programme Administrator who can provide you with the appropriate paperwork on which you will need to make your formal written request. Your written request will then be considered by members of senior academic staff with responsibility for postgraduate matters (one of whom will be the Division’s PGT Tutor). Your Programme Administrator will be required to advise the Accommodation Office if you are living in University accommodation and require an extended interruption-of-study. If you are in the UK subject to immigration regulations, i.e. you are a non-EU citizen and need permission to enter/remain in the UK, you must consult with the International Advice Team regarding visa implications.

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)
  • January
  • May
  • July

Please note:

  • 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. Further information For more information on Tier 4 visas: If you have any concerns about the attendance monitoring census points, or your Tier 4 visa status, please contact or visit or email

Withdrawal from the Programme

If for any reason you would like to withdraw from your studies, please contact the Programme Administrator for further guidance. You will be asked to give notification of your withdrawal in writing, and may be invited to speak to a member of academic staff before your withdrawal is processed. Please note that you may be liable for part or whole of the tuition fees due and/or an administrative charge if you decide to withdraw once teaching has started.

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

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 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


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 (Assessment Centre) School Disability Coordinator Contact Details:- Email:

Religious Observance and Looking after yourself and your patients during Ramadan 

Policy on Religious Observance:

Student Representation and Feedback

Students, in consultation with the Programme Administrator, should arrange an informal election of their Student Representative near the beginning of the academic year. If more than one person is interested in the role, then each candidate is asked to write a short proposal which is circulated to the student body, and an election is held. The overall responsibilities of the Student Representative are

  • to liaise between staff and students about matters of concern
  • to provide two-way feedback on programme and teaching quality
  • to promote active student involvement in the development of the programme
  • to identify student issues and needs on the programme
  • to attend programme committee meetings representing the student voice
  • to find effective ways to feedback the outcomes of meetings to the student body
  • to attend relevant student representative training
  • to liaise with other Student Representatives to gain support and ideas
  • to become established as a central point for information and guidance for students in the group.

Student representatives are not required to get involved with fellow students’ personal problems, academic difficulties, or individual student allegations of unfair or inappropriate treatment. Confidentiality is imperative when dealing with student issues. The representative is chosen by fellow students and has their trust, and must maintain it. Any discussion of an individual student’s situation with a third party requires their consent beforehand.

Programme Management and Committee Structure

Programme Management 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.

Committee Structure

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.

Teaching staff

Dr Siobhan Barry – Programme Director

Dr Vidya Srinivasan – Consultant

Dr Lucy McLean – Consultant

Dr Claire Stevens – Consultant

Dr Kay Hood – Consultant

Dr Jo May – Consultant

Dr Allyson Shepherd – Specialist

Dr Carly Dixon – Clinical Lecturer/Hon Speciality Trainee

Administrative staff

Ms Kim Britt – Programme Administrator

The Teaching Staff are responsible for the provision and delivery of the specialty clinical and technical programme contents, assessment of candidates and mentoring of students.

The Administrative Staff are responsible for student support and administration and will work closely with the Teaching Staff to ensure the smooth running of the programme.

Each student is allocated a supervisor and advisor. The supervisor will be responsible for the research leading to the dissertation. The programme administrator is also available during office hours for pastoral advice.

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. Your Role: 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 principles of feedback are as follows:

  • Feedback should be provided in a timely manner that helps students understand (i) the marks or grades they have received for work submitted and (ii) how they might improve their performance in the future.
  • Feedback should be as personal as possible to the individual student to enable reflection on individual skills and performance.
  • Students have a responsibility to consider feedback given on their work, to seek to understand it, and to act on it.

The following outlines the feedback available for all elements of the clinical component of the programme.

Clinical skills sessions and seminars

Feedback will be given by tutors throughout the programme on a sessional basis. Any students giving cause for concern will be referred to the Programme Director for further feedback.

All students will meet with the Director at the end of the programme to discuss overall performance and to be advised of any areas that were of particular merit or weaknesses in need of improvement.

Patient Treatment Sessions

Clinical assessment forms will be completed on each session and grades awarded. There will be an opportunity to discuss any issues raised at the end of each clinical session. Students will meet with the Director twice during the twelve month period to discuss overall clinical progress.

Students are encouraged to approach either a tutor or the Director at any time should they have any concerns regarding their clinical progress or may request an appointment via the Programme Administrator.


Feedback forms will be completed by examiners for all elements of accredited assessment and students are encouraged to make an appointment with the Director via the Programme Administrator to discuss such feedback.

Feedback to Students Policy:

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 Richard Balmer

Name of Institution – Leeds Dental Institute

Position at current Institution – Lecturer and honorary consultant in Paediatric Dentistry   

Learning Resources

Library Facilities

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. Getting Started 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 University Library has an extensive collection of printed books relevant to members of the Division of Dentistry. These are housed in the Main Library and the Stopford 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.

IT Facilities

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: 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: or the Central IT Service Desk for the latest opening times and PC Cluster information.

Student IT Support Helpdesk

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 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. Student Support 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. Social Space 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 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 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.

Good Research Conduct

The University of Manchester’s Code of Good Research Conduct sets out our commitment to research integrity and our expectations of those who conduct research in our name. General principles This code is written to preserve the highest professional standards, while striving to maintain an environment that values creativity and flexibility.

  • All work must be carried out in accordance with the highest standards of scientific practice.
  • Policies on safeguarding good scientific practice are available from the BBSRC

Recording, Storing and Archiving Research Data/Materials As leader of a research project, you are responsible for ensuring that there are clear protocols for the collection, recording, storage and archiving of research data/materials generated as part of your project. These protocols should fit within any professional guidance available, guidance from funding bodies, your school and the University’s Code of Good Research Conduct. Health and Safety It is your responsibility to ensure that the research staff and students for whom you have responsibility are provided with an environment that is safe and healthy and all research is conducted within the requirements of health and safety legislation:

  • That necessary risk assessments have been undertaken (Never assume that because your research is not lab-based or using hazardous substances that it would not require a risk assessment).
  • That staff are adequately informed, trained and monitored regarding safe practices to ensure they do not endanger themselves, others or the environment.
  • That your research complies with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations as appropriate.

Academic and Student Support Policies

Academic Support Policies A full list of University Policies and documents Academic Appeals (Regulation XIX) Academic Malpractice: Procedure for the Handling of Cases Basic Guide to Student Complaints Conduct and Discipline of Students (Regulations XVII) General University information on the Conduct and Discipline of Students Faculty policies for students on Communication and Dress Code, Social Networking and Drugs & Alcohol can be found at: Information on Academic Malpractice and how to avoid it Data Protection Guidance for the Presentation of Taught Masters Dissertations Guidance to Students on Plagiarism and Other Forms of Academic Malpractice Policy on Submission of Work for Summative Assessment on Taught Programmes Policy on Mitigating Circumstances Mitigating Circumstances Guidance for Students PGT Degree Regulations Policy on Feedback to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Students Student Complaints Procedure Student Charter Work and Attendance of Students (Regulation XX) Student Support Issues A-Z of Student Services Accommodation Blackboard Students should access Blackboard via My Manchester Careers Service Counselling Service Disability Advisory and Support Service University Language Centre – Study English – Tel: 0161 306 3397 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Staff and Students Health & Fitness Health & Safety Policy International Advice Team IT and eLearning Support Mature Students Guide Occupational Health Services for Students Personal Development Planning A Personal Safety Guide for International Students Students Union