The Master's Degree in Research in Dentistry at the International University of Catalonia (Spain) aims to offer a blended learning, structured training for research in both the academic, industrial and clinical settings.
The Faculty of Dentistry (UIC) advances every day in the field of basic and applied research, looking results with clinical responses to improve the efficiency of materials and techniques. This Master aims to deepen the research training and preparation prior to doctoral studies through a series of areas in which to fund advanced training topics are addressed in the current investigation of the different dental specialties.
Through the research of the Departments of the Faculty of Dentistry, the close relationship with the Industry in the implementation of projects and equipping research laboratories create the right context to achieve this advanced training in Research in Dentistry.
Research Lines Faculty of Dentistry
The lines of research at the Faculty of Dentistry are a sign of the importance of training dentists who have research capacity and know how to use scientific methodology. The master students acquire the knowledge and methodology necessary to enter any of the research proposals. Research areas of the Faculty of Dentistry at the UIC are:
- Treatment and Prevention of Oral Periimplantitis (Coordinator: Dra. Deborah Violant Holz, 2014 SGR 812)
- Dental Restoration and Biomaterials in Endodontic (Coordinator: Dr. Miquel Roig Cayón, 2014 SGR 981)
- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Application (Coordinator: Dr. Maher Al-Atari, 2014 SGR 1060)
- Treatment of Orofacial invalid (Coordinator: Dr. Federico Hernández-Alfaro, 2014 SGR 1353)
The main objective of the Master in Research in Dentistry is to provide the knowledge and tools needed to continue in a doctoral program in the field of health, following a methodology based on ethics and scientific evidence.
To achieve this main objective, this Master will
- Provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective clinical and research materials in the field of dentistry skills.
- Promote the acquisition of skills, attitudes and behaviors that facilitate scientific interaction with the environment to properly solve research problems.
- Promote research in Dentistry and continuing education for the study of new techniques and improvements in the dental profession.
- Provide the necessary tools to work together and coordinate multidisciplinary projects.
Other complementary objectives
- To form expert persons in the scientific method capable of planning, executing and interpreting the results of research projects, taking into account economic, regulatory, legal, ethical and humanitarian aspects.
- To train experts in the molecular basis of diagnosis and treatment of major diseases in the field of dentistry.
- To develop a solid foundation in the use of methodological and instrumental research techniques that allows joining in research in both public and private laboratories.
- To offer the possibility to complement the clinical training with a strong background in research.
The general and specific skills that students should acquire during their studies the Master's Degree in Research in Dentistry and Health Sciences in the UIC take into account the principles contained in Article 3.5 of Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October, concerning respect for fundamental rights, equal opportunities and universal access for men, women and people with disabilities, to promote the values of a culture of peace and democratic values.
- Knowledge and understanding that provide a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and / or applying ideas in a research context.
- Apply the knowledge acquired, and develop their ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study.
- Integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate based on scientific evidence, from information that may be incomplete or limited, including social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments.
- Communicate conclusions, knowledge and rationale that support to specialists and non-specialists in a clear and unambiguous manner.
- To acquire learning skills that enable them to continue studying in self and autonomously.
- Ability to integrate new knowledge through research and study, and deal with the complexity.
- Critical capacity for analysis and discussion of the experimental results and to issue the corresponding conclusions.
- Self-learning capacity in the development of analytical techniques in the acquisition of new scientific concepts, and in the search for new scientific information.
- Ability to argue and defend own scientific ideas and to listen, analyse, evaluate and respond to the ideas of another person.
- Ability to apply the scientific method, experimental design and biostatistics to solve a question or a hypothesis.
- Know how to use and apply the most common laboratory techniques in the fields of molecular, genomic and proteomic biology, biomaterials, cell and tissue cultures, immunology and microscopy in a dental field.
- Know how to apply bioinformatics tools used in basic research.
- Apply the experimental animal models as well as the methodology of animal handling and ethical concepts in research in dentistry.
- To communicate the results of research in scientific article, poster or oral presentation, both scientific and academic format.
- Learn to manage financial and human resources of a research project and to know the strategic basis for the transfer of new knowledge to the company or industry.
- Know how to interpret the images obtained through the latest technology applicable to a research study in dentistry.
- Be able to apply the appropriate diagnostic tests and interpret the results derived from them.
- Apply the latest technology in dental research, considering its properties, indications, biocompatibility, toxicity and environmental impact.
- Know how to apply and epistemological, ethical, legislative humanitarian exercise in research and the dissemination of results.
This programme is aimed at: degree-holders in Dentistry, Medicine; Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, as well as other degree courses from the field of health sciences, and those who have achieved a B2 level in English.
The Master’s candidates must have a vocation for science and research, decision-making abilities, discipline and dedication. They must know how to work in a team, be responsible and act in solidarity with others, with sensitivity and empathy for the pain experienced by others.
The general and specific competences that students must acquire during their Master’s studies in dentistry research in the UIC take into account the principles set out in article 3.5 of Royal Decree 1393/2007 of the 29th of October. These principles include respect for fundamental rights and equality between men and women, equal opportunities and universal accessibility for people with disabilities and promotion of the beliefs specific to a culture of peace, as well as democratic values.
- To possess and understand knowledge which provides a basis or opportunity to be original in terms of the development and/or application of ideas within a research context.
- To apply the knowledge acquired, and develop problem solving skills in new or relatively unknown environments inside broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts, in connection with a
- To incorporate knowledge and deal with the complexity of formulating judgments based on scientific evidence. This is achieved through information which although limited or incomplete, includes reflections on the social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of students’ knowledge and judgments.
- To communicate conclusions, knowledge and the underlying reasons behind these for specialised and non-specialised members of the public in a clear and unambiguous way.
- To acquire learning skills which allow students to continue studying in a manner that involves self-directed learning and autonomous learning.
- The ability to incorporate new knowledge acquired through research and study, and also deal with complexity.
- The ability to undertake a critical analysis and discuss the results obtained, as well as reach the corresponding conclusions.
- The ability to learn to develop new instrumental skills independently, in terms of the acquisition of new scientific concepts, and the search for new scientific knowledge.
- The ability to argue for and defend personal scientific ideas, as well as listen to, analyse, value and respond to other people’s ideas.
- The ability to apply scientific methodologies, experimental design and biostatistics to resolve a question or contrast a hypothesis.
- To know how to use and apply the laboratory techniques that are most usual in the fields of molecular biology, genomics and proteomics, biomaterials, cell and tissue cultivation, immunology and microscopy, as well as the field of dentistry in general.
- To know how to apply the bio-information tools that are most used in basic research.
- Being able to apply animal experimentation models as well as animal manipulation methodologies and their ethical concepts to dentistry research.
- To know how to communicate research in the form of a scientific article, a poster, or a verbal presentation both at a scientific and an academic level.
- To know how to manage the human and financial resources involved in a research project, as well as know the strategic foundations for the transfer of new knowledge to the company or industry.
- To know how to interpret the images obtained through latest generation technology applicable to a research study in dentistry.
- Being able to apply the appropriate diagnostic techniques and correctly interpret the results which derive from them.
- To know how to apply the latest technological tools to dentistry research, while taking their properties, indications, bio-compatibility, toxicity and environmental impact into account.
- To know how to apply epistemological, ethical, legislational and humanitarian principles when undertaking research and disseminating results.
60 ECTS University Master’s Degree in Research in Dentistry