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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR5212M Dental Materials

20 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: David Wood

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry to MSc in Dental Materials or MSc in Digital Dentistry.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Dental materials are developing all the time, particularly as new ways of processing them have emerged with parallel advances in dental technology. This module introduces the field of dental materials science focussing on contemporary dental materials and how they are used clinically or in the dental laboratory as part of a digital workflow. With lectures supported by tutorial sessions the module will provide students the opportunity to further develop their critical and analytical abilities and communication skills.Unless your programme is designed to be delivered fully online, your programme and modules will be delivered predominantly on campus. These teaching activities will be supported by the use of digital tools to enhance your learning and experience. The catalogue provides details of your module and the teaching methods used to deliver your module (for example, lecture, seminar, tutorial, practical). It does not necessarily provide you with information about the mode of delivery for specific learning activities on your module (whether these will be on campus or delivered digitally). Information about the delivery mode for learning and teaching activities for your modules will be published in the timetable and in the Minerva area for your modules. You can access your personalised timetable through Minerva or our UniLeeds app on your mobile device. We sometimes need to adapt our teaching to take account of developments in the subject, in response to new research and current affairs for example, and on occasion we may need to adapt our delivery modes too. You will be kept informed of any proposed changes to the content and delivery of your modules as described in the module catalogue and we’ll make sure you understand and agree the reasons for any changes before they are introduced.


As this module could be taught to students from different backgrounds it will provide grounding in polymers, metals, cements, ceramics and composites to better understand how their beneficial properties can be applied to dentistry and bring the students to a common level of understanding. The module content will ensure all students are sufficiently versed in materials sciences necessary for a complete understanding of the range of dental materials encountered.

This module then aims to provide the student with current knowledge of the field of contemporary dental materials such that upon completion the student would be able to carry out further research into the subject.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the sciences that underpin modern dental materials.

2. Display a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary dental materials.

3. Show a deep appreciation of the development of dental materials in relation to technological advances.

4. Critically appraise regulatory requirements in relation to dental materials.

Skills outcomes
No additional skills.


Materials science.

Contemporary dental materials: polymers, metals, cements, ceramics and composites.

Technological advances.

Development of dental materials.

Bioactivity and biocompatibility.

Regulatory requirements in relation to dental materials.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Background reading and preparation of materials to take part in the class tutorials.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students can use time in the tutorials to obtain formative feedback ahead of their summative presentations and to check progress of dissertation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay5000 words.80.00
Oral Presentation15 minutes / 10 minutes Q&A.10.00
Oral Presentation15 minutes / 10 minutes Q&A.10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Essay topic to be agreed with module lead to include two of the 4 learning outcomes. Verbal presentations are made during the seminars; one each on the remaining two learning outcomes. The requirements for both of these will be given at 1/1 and both (two presentations) agreed between the student and staff in the immediate weeks after set. Students can use time in the tutorials to obtain formative feedback ahead of their summative presentations and to check progress of dissertation. Essay and presentations must cover different learning outcomes as agreed with individual students. Peer feedback will be verbally given after the presentations following a prescribed format and criteria with the opportunity for group discussion. Written tutor feedback will also be provided. Assessments are non-compensatable.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:41:30


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