Lasers in Dentistry

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Aug 1, 2021
StudyQA ranking:697 Duration:2 years

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The MSc in Lasers in Dentistry has been accredited by the accreditation agency ASSIN e. V. It is the first of its kind in Germany and the first accredited Master's programme worldwide in the field of laser dentistry. It is recognised in the EU, all countries of the Washington Accord and the Bologna reform as a national and internationally valid academic degree.
Laser Safety and Optics: in this first module, an overview of the course is provided and the e-learning system, ILIAS, is introduced. The fundamentals of optics are taught and successful participants qualify as dental laser safety officers.
Dosimetry, Caries Fluorescence Diagnostics, Laser Physics and Literature Research: the principles of fluorescence based caries diagnostics and dosimetry calculation are taught. The key subjects of laser technology are introduced and the foundations for the scientific Master's thesis are laid.
Erbium Lasers: an introduction to the physical and technical properties of Er:YAG and Er, Cr:YSGG lasers and their application is provided. Laser-tissue interactions for these wavelengths are also discussed. Skill training on models and patients is held.
Low-Level Laser Therapy, Medical Statistics I, Colloquium: the technical-physical principles of low-level diode laser are conveyed and skill training is conducted on models and patients. Medical statistics for the interpretation of preclinical and clinical results are introduced.
Diode Lasers, Photodynamic Therapy: participants learn the technical-physical principles of diode lasers and their application. The clinical indications of diode lasers are introduced and demonstrations as well as skill training and patient treatment are performed.
Nd:YAG Lasers: participants are familiarised with the principles of Nd:YAG lasers, and their interaction with tissues is discussed. All relevant clinical indications of Nd:YAG lasers are introduced and applied in skill training on both models and patients.
CO2 Lasers and Medical Statistics II: the application of CO2 lasers is presented. All relevant clinical indications and the usage of CO2 lasers are introduced, demonstrated and then practised. In Medical Statistics II, the ability to assess preclinical and clinical results is extended.
Marketing and Colloquium: a profound understanding of communication techniques appropriate for dental practice is provided, including patient acquisition through effective communication and marketing strategies. Additionally, participants present their Master's thesis in a colloquium.
Master's thesis: preparation and compilation of a Master's thesis on a laser dental topic, within a defined time frame, is required. Scientific and clinical results must be correctly incorporated.
Final Examination: defence of the Master's thesis and presentation of 10 self-documented clinical cases.

Educational organisation

First Academic Year (first and second semester)
  • Module 1
    • Laser Safety and Optics
    • home study and e-learning
  • Module 2
    • Caries Diagnostic & Laser Physics
    • home study and e-learning
  • Module 3
    • Erbium Laser
    • home study and e-learning
  • Module 4
    • LLLT, Statistics, Symposium
    • home study and e-learning

Second Academic Year (third and fourth semester)
  • Module 5
    • Diode Lasers & PDT
    • home study and e-learning
  • Module 6
    • Nd:YAG Lasers
    • home study and e-learning
  • Module 7
    • CO2 Lasers, Statistics
    • home study and e-learning
  • Module 8
    • Marketing, Symposium
    • home study and e-learning
  • Module 9
  • Master's thesis
    • experiments/research
    • home study
  • Module 10
    • clinical treatments/case documentation in your own practice
    • home study

Forms of assessment

Written exams, oral exams, colloquium, clinical treatments, experiments, research, home study including the use of the laboratory

Language requirements

Proof of English language ability (Test of English as Foreign Language - TOEFL Internet-based with a minimum score of 80 / TOEFL Paper-based with a minimum score of 550 / IELTS Test with a minimum score of 6.0 / Cambridge Test - Certificate of Advanced English)

Academic requirements

Participants must be approbated dentists with a minimum of two years of experience in a clinic or dental practice.
During the application procedure, the following documentation must be submitted:
  • diploma and transcripts of records
  • a copy of your passport
  • curriculum vitae
  • confirmation of a minimum of two years of experience as a qualified dentist
  • proof of suitable health insurance coverage
  • proof of English language ability (TOEFL internet-based: minimum score of 80/paper-based: minimum score of 550/IELTS: minimum score of 6.0/Cambridge Test - Certificate of Advanced English)
  • signed course contract

Enrolment fees

RWTH Aachen University semester fees and "Semesterticket" (free use of public transport in the North Rhine-Westphalia region) for the standard study period are included in the course fees.

Costs of living

The average cost of living and studying, including food, accommodation, personal and social expenses, and study-related costs, is estimated to be 700-900 EUR per month.

Funding opportunities within the university

A limited number of scholarships from various organisations is available to help students finance their studies. Please see the following website for a list of exchange programmes, scholarships, and grants, together with their specific application requirements and conditions, and/or contact the International Office directly for advice and assistance.
http://www.rwth-aachen.de/scholarships

Arrival support

The International Office Info Service Center provides information and services for international students and visiting scientists at RWTH Aachen University upon their arrival in Aachen. RWTH Aachen University considers the integration of international visiting scientists and students an important task and, in order to reach this goal, offers the following assistance for international students and scientists:
  • accommodation information
  • assisting students during admission procedures
  • registering your address with local authorities
  • opening a bank account
  • insurance matters
  • locating pertinent university and city offices
  • tips for finding a job in Aachen
These services are offered to students during the orientation phase at the beginning of each semester. The Info-Service Center offers a social programme called "Leisure and Pleasure" and publishes a monthly newsletter for international students and scientists.

Services and support for international students

German language course (starting in August); intensive course guidance and counselling; sports and social activities. See "arrival support".

Accommodation

Availability of university accommodation in Aachen is limited. Participation in individual allocation procedures is therefore usually required. Because of the high demand for university accommodation, it may be necessary to resort to the private accommodation market.
As family and couple apartments are particularly high in demand, applicants interested in this type of accommodation will almost definitely need to draw on the private market. The majority of RWTH Aachen University's students rely on the private accommodation market.
There are a number of options for finding private accommodation in and around Aachen; the International Office can provide students with information before or upon their arrival.
Prices for university accommodation vary between 200 EUR and 330 EUR per month; accommodation on the private market is priced between 290 EUR and 550 EUR per month, of course depending on the size and the number of rooms.
For short-term accommodation, there are many hotels, a few youth hostels and a boarding house located in and around Aachen (reservation is recommended).
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