DENTISTRY AND DENTAL PROSTHODONTICS Degree Program Profile
Master Degree in DENTISTRY AND DENTAL PROSTHODONTICS
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
6 years; 360 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. MARIO GABRIELE
Department of PATOLOGIA CHIRURGICA, MEDICA, MOLECOLARE E DELL'AREA CRITICA
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Gianfranco Natale
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory selective/competitive entrance exam (numerus clausus).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The health professional with graduation in Dentistry will be able to perform all the activities related to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases as well as congenital and acquired anomalies of the teeth, mouth, jaw bone and temporo-mandibular joints, prescribing all medicines and products needed to practice. In general, the first two years will be focused on basic training activities designed to allow the student learning the fundamentals of the structural organization and vital functions of the human body. After having acquired the knowledge concerning the systems and principles underlying the ethiopathogenesis of organic, functional and homeostatic alterations, the student will be acquainted with the evaluation of the pathological pictures of the most common diseases, and introduced to the general principles of pharmacological and anaesthesiological sciences.
The subsequent three years will be dedicated to study the topics of medical, surgical and specialist areas, with particular regard for clinical problems related to oral pathologies. These training activities will be carried out in conjunction with the study of dental disciplines and professional clinical internships. The theoretical courses, together with clinical training in oral pathology, restorative dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and prosthetics, will pursue the common goal of gaining sufficient skills and experience to address and resolve the problems of oral health from the standpoint of preventive, diagnostic, prognostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation, The fifth year will include courses of therapy and maxillofacial pathology as well as a course of implantology, which, like the others, is set within a context of global patient care. The sixth year has been designed to teach exclusively professional skills on how to manage patients with dental problems.
Key Learning Outcomes
The health professional with graduation in Dentistry will:
- acquire knowledge on the fundamentals of human anatomy, histology, physiology, pathology, integrating the study of pathophysiological and pathological clinical methodology and diagnostic procedures which allow the evaluation of the main pathological pictures;
- know the main connections and therapeutic, medical and surgical approaches complementary to Dentistry;
- know the drugs directly and indirectly related with the practice of Dentistry and understand the
implications of drug therapy of systemic diseases on dental treatments;
- be able to identify priorities for consistent treatment needs, participating with others in planning interventions aimed at reducing community oral diseases, taking advantage from the knowledge of principles and practice of community Dentistry;
- the ability of setting and achieving autonomy in implementing therapeutic programs aimed at the care and rehabilitation of stomatognathic system;
- have the ability of interacting appropriately with the patient and promoting patient education in oral hygiene techniques, by means of appropriate and effective information, based on knowledge generally accepted by the scientific community, in order to obtain informed consent to treatment;
- have the ability of assessing databases in order to acquire scientific documentation and analyze the scientific literature in order to apply the results of clinical research to therapy in a reliable manner.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Health professionals with graduation in Dentistry will be able to carry out their job autonomously or in health care facilities, either public or private in nature, as employees or freelancers. They will also have the chance of continuing their education at the University of Pisa through postgraduate courses or masters.
Access to further study
The Laurea Magistrale degree in DENTISTRY allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
In order to attain the degree, the student will have to defend a thesis prepared by the student under the guidance of a supervisor. The thesis work is aimed at demonstrating that the candidate has acquired sufficient knowledge and skills in the field of D