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Implant dentistry is increasingly sought after by patients in Malaysia and general dental practitioners stand to gain by up-skilling themselves to offer this service.

Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

IMU’s Implant Dentistry programme is the first and only Accredited programme recognized by the Malaysian Qualifying Agency (MQA) and Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), and benchmarked against The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Designed for the working dentist, students have the flexibility to learn at their own pace and build their confidence in developing their clinical skills at IMU’s Oral Health Centre or at the student’s own clinic.

At IMU, you will be able to learn from the world-class faculty who bring with them rich experiences in the field and be guided by evidence-based methods.

Key Facts

DEGREE

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

Commencement

  • September

total duration

  • Full-time – 1 year (6 modules)

Tuition Fees

  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.

Why Study Implant Dentistry at IMU?

Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Accredited

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 29 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.

IMU achieved the SETARA-2018/2019 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

International Benchmark

Benchmarked with the curriculum for the Diploma of Implant Dentistry (Dip Imp Dent) Examination conducted by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). Students may wish to sit for the Dip Imp Dent Examination offered by RCSEd.

Flexible Learning Options

Flexible modular design that provides options for dentists to continue working in their clinics whilst enrolled on the course.

Flexibility to treat patients in IMU’s Implant Clinic as well as in students’ own clinics.

Course Content & Delivery

Course content is prepared by experts in the respective field including surgery, prosthodontics and diagnostic sciences.

The content is delivered with a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, CBL, practical and clinical hands-on.

Highly Qualified & Experienced Staff

The course is delivered and supervised by highly qualified and experienced local and international specialists.

The eminent full-time and adjunct faculty members are from different clinical disciplines including Oral surgery, Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Radiology.

Programme Structure

The PGDID programme includes on-site, off-site and e-learning activities. This programme is designed for full-time and part-time students with the respective flexible options. The programme includes six modules of compulsory on-site activities in IMU School of Dentistry delivered over twelve months. For the clinical activities, students have the choice of treating patients at the IMU’s Oral Health Centre or in their own clinics. Students who opt to treat patients in their own clinics are required to pay an honorarium for travel and accommodation (if applicable) for the clinical supervisor to be at their clinics. The students have up to three years to complete their logbook of ten clinical cases. Once the students finish their clinical cases then they can appear for final assessment as per the dates scheduled in the academic calendar.

The course comprises of six modules for both full-time and part-time students:

 

Module Module  Name
1 Foundation in Implant Dentistry
2 Restoring Partially Edentulous Patients with Implant-supported Crowns and Short Span Implant-supported Fixed Prosthesis
3 Restoring Partially Edentulous Patients with Implant-supported Removable Prosthesis
4 Restoring Fully Edentulous Patients with Implant-supported Removable Prosthesis
5 Restoring Fully Edentulous Patients with Implant- supported Fixed Prosthesis
6 Managing Reduced Bone Volume

ASSESSMENT

Both the full-time and part-time students have formative and summative assessments. These include online single best answer questions (SBA), written assignments, short answer questions (SAQ), objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and submit a Logbook of 10 implant cases out of which 2 cases needs to be completely restored and submit as portfolio.

Entry Requirement

A. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS B. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants are required to:

  1. Registered as a dental surgeon with the Malaysian Dental Council (MDC) or equivalent in the student’s home country.
  2. Having at least two years post-graduation clinical experience.
  3. Participants who possess a current Annual Practice Certificate(APC) to practise dentistry in Malaysia.
  4. Participants who are eligible to practise dentistry in Malaysia with a Temporary Practice Certificate(TPC).
  5. All candidates need to be issued an APC or TPC(whichever is applicable) that is specific to the IMU Oral Health Centre(OHC) to be eligible to attend the clinical sessions in the centre during the period of the study.
  6. Participants should be able to demonstrate an interest in the use of dental implants with appropriate baseline knowledge and skills in oral surgery and restorative dentistry

For Malaysian Students

Not applicable

For International Students

  1. IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  2. TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 42; or
  3. Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 154; or
  4. Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 154; or
  5. Cambridge Linguaskill : Overall score of 160; or
  6. Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 47;

The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  • International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  • International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.
Note

Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information

Application and Registration Fees

Fee Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fee 150 500
Registration Fee 1,100 3,400
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000 3,000
Student Association Fee per Semester 40 40
Tuition Fee 59,900 68,750
  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit are payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Offi ce.
  • Students must adhere to the Policy on Payment of Fees

Views from Our Community

Dr Kong Siew Mii

Student, Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

This course is great to get you started in implant dentistry as it covers all the basics and foundation. IMU provides one of the best facilities. There are ample of resources with helpful mentors to guide you throughout the course.

Dr Tan Meng Ern, Joseph

Graduate, Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

Studying Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry in IMU has been a highlight in my implantology journey. I’ve always enjoyed the university environment, classes, lectures and seminars. While in IMU, I am able to do and learn more with the best team of multidisciplinary specialists. It has been a truly invaluable learning experience for me, it has really improved my knowledge and skills in implant dentistry. To those who are either beginner or advance level, this course is just right to develop skills and gain more updates about implant dentistry. IMU has provides huge support in terms of online journal subscription as well as latest academic books and learning materials.

Dr Hussein Ali Abdulhussein Al-Wakeel

Graduate, Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

This course is a terrific course for dental practitioners who are beginning their implant careers to those with much more experience. It leaves you with both the interest and confidence to start working with implants. It is very comprehensive and covers all aspects of placing dental implants. The teaching from a large number of specialists (periodontics, oral surgery, prosthodontics) has been excellent and has benefited all colleagues from absolute novices to those with more experience.

Dr Tan Chew Fang

Graduate, Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

PGDID IMU provides me a great start of learning in Implantology. Thankful for having the academic experience and completion of the programme with good support from the university, mentors and course mates. This is for sure a wonderful motivation for my passion and clinical work in this field. “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” — Leonardo da Vinci.
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I read in the PGDID programme prospectus that this is a one-year full-time course. I have my own private practice. Will I be able to complete the course in one year?

Yes, as this programme has been designed with the working dental practitioners in mind; dental practitioners who have registered for the course are guided and mentored to fulfil the requirements of the course in one year for full-time track and two years for part-time track. However, those who may not be able to commit the time to fulfil the requirements will have a maximum period of three years for full-time and four years for part-time from the date to commencement to complete the course.

You will receive guidance from experienced specialist practitioners on how to prepare your clinic to provide implant treatment for your patients to successfully fulfil the course requirements.

As this course is a national-approved programme, will I be considered a dental implant specialist?

Implant dentistry, like anywhere else in the world, is not considered a specialist discipline. However, the degree qualification can be added to your credentials to certify that you are trained through an approved university course to provide implant treatment.

What is the programme structure like?

There is a total of 6 Modules in the programme. There will be a compulsory 5-day block for each of the course. These will be held at IMU whereby there will be face-to-face activities such as lectures, seminars, practical sessions (hands-on), case-based discussion etc. After the 5-day block, the remaining teaching/learning activities e.g. seminars and case-based learning are conducted online and through web conferencing. Students will have the option of treating the clinical cases in IMU Oral Health Centre under direct supervision or in their own dental practice with initial direct supervision and later by distant supervision using a video recording system. The entire programme stretches over 43 weeks covering teaching/learning activities and examinations.

When does the course begin? Do you have tentative module dates for the compulsory attendance?

The 2021 programme begins with a programme orientation on 30 Sep and 1 October. This will be followed by the commencement of the 5-day teaching/learning blocks as follows for the six modules :-

Programme schedule for PGDID 2021-22 (full-time track)

Sem Modules Module span Face to Face week in Module (attendance is compulsory)
Orientation week 27 Sep 21 – 2 Oct 21 30 Sep and 1 Oct – Enrolment and orientation
1 Fundamentals and effective communication in implant dentistry (FCID) 4 Oct – 30 Oct 21 4 Oct – 8 Oct 21
Implant treatment of partial edentulism (IPE) 8 Nov 21 – 04 Dec 2021 8 Nov 21 – 13 Nov 2021
Implant practice I (IP1) 13 Dec 21 – 5 March 22 No face to face week in this module
2 Implant treatment of complete edentulism (ICE) 7 March 22 – 2 April 22 7 March 22 – 11 March 22
Entrepreneurship, professionalism and managing complications (EPC) 11 April 22 – 14 May 22 11 April 22 – 15 April 22
Implant practice II module (IP2) 23 May 22 – 3 Sep 22 No face to face week in this module
Final Examination 5 Sep 22 – 10 Sep 2022

Programme schedule for PGDID 2021-23 (part-time track)

Sem Modules Module span Face to Face week in Module (attendance is compulsory)
Orientation week 27 Sep 21 – 2 Oct 21 30 Sep and 1 Oct – Enrolment and orientation
1 Fundamentals and effective communication in implant dentistry (FCID) 4 Oct 21 – 30 Oct 2021 4 Oct 21- 8 Oct 21
Implant treatment of partial edentulism (IPE) 8 Nov 21 – 19 Feb 2022 8 Nov – 13 Nov 2021
2 Implant treatment of complete edentulism (ICE) 7 March 22 – 2 April 22 7 March 22 – 11 March 22
Entrepreneurship, professionalism and managing complications (EPC) 11 April 22 – 16 July 22 11 April 22 – 15 April 22
Final Examination (Theory) 5 Sep 22 – 10 Sep 2022
3 Implant practice I (IP1) 24 Oct 22 – 25 March 2023 No face to face week in this
module
4 Implant practice II module (IP2) 3 April 23 – 2 Sep 2023 No face to face week in this module
Final Examination (Clinical) 4 Sep 23 – 9 Sep 2023

Who are the teachers involved in this programme?

Prosthodontists

  • Prof Toh Chooi Gait
  • Prof Seow Liang Lin
  • A/Prof Dr Elvin Leong Woei Jian
  • Dr Pravinkumar Patil
  • Dr Rohit Menon
  • Dr. Shivani Kohli
  • Dr. Lee Yin Ci

 

Periodontists

  • A/Prof Dr Jeanette Chua Keng Ling
  • Dr. Daylene Leong Jack-Min
  • Dr Ranjeet Ajit Bapat
  • Dr Tanay Chaubal

 

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

  • A/Prof Naresh Shetty
  • Dr. Sureinthiren A/L Jeya Raman
  • Dr. Anand Amirth Raj Annamalai

 

Oral Radiodiologist

  • Dr Swarna Yerebairapura Math
  • Dr. Prashanti Chippagiri

 

For more details of teaching staff :  Click Here

Will I be eligible to get the Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh since this programme is benchmarked to this qualification?

You will not be eligible to get the Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) of Edinburgh even though this programme is benchmarked to this qualification. Candidates must appear and pass separately for RCS Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry examination. The IMU PGDID course have learning outcomes matched to the standards of the RCS Edinburgh with similar examination format, logbook and portfolio.

What implant system will be used?

Students will be required to understand the rationale for the choice of implant systems. The PGDID programme is not system-based. We shall be teaching/exposing the students to implant systems with good research evidence of success that include Nobel Biocare, Astra Tech and Zimmer

Does IMU provide patients for clinical training?

IMU will try to support students for the initial few cases. It is encouraged that students find their own cases for implant placement and restoration.

If I am currently practising in another country, will I be able to treat patients at IMU?

Yes, as long as you fulfill our entry requirements, you will be able to treat patients in IMU as a postgraduate student under supervision.

If I need to treat my patients who require dental implants at IMU would that be possible? What will be the arrangement and costs for the patient?

Yes, it would be possible to bring your patients to be treated by you at IMU under PGDID staff supervision. The patient would need to pay for treatment according to reduced patient treatment fees of IMU Oral Health Centre for patients treated by PGDID postgraduate students.

What will be the arrangement and costs for patients treated in my own clinic?

You will initially need direct supervision for patients treated in your own clinic for dental implants and for more challenging cases. For this, IMU will arrange for suitable supervisors to be present in your clinic. There will be extra fees that you will need to pay to support the attendance of the supervisors in your clinic as per the clinical supervision guidelines. The quantum will depend on the time spent, travel and accommodation need (where necessary) for supervisors to be on site.

What is the application process? What is the deadline for the registration?

Acceptance of candidates into the programme is on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon submission of your online application (link provided above), applicants will be short-listed for an interview. Successful applicants will be notified within three working days.

How much are the fees and how can they be paid?

The course fee is RM 59,900 for Malaysian students and RM 68,750 for International students. A payment option can be arranged where students can pay in three to four instalments. The Admissions Department will confirm on this once you decide to register for the programme.

Where can I apply to join the course?

The online application is available via this link.

How many clinical cases do I need to complete in the programme?

Submission of treatment planning for TEN implant cases (patients) in the logbook and completion of SIX implant cases (patients) to be included in the portfolio.

Important note: It’s not the number of implants but number of cases (patients) to be finished before the final exam.

What is the scope of the programme in terms of performing complexity of cases?

Students will be trained to perform simple to advanced types of clinical cases based on ITI SAC classification. Training on Complex surgeries (e.g. sinus lift surgeries) will be done on models.

Should I submit any document before performing clinical cases in IMU Oral healthcare?

Yes, you must submit your Annual Practising Certificate (APC) to your mentor or PGDID Program Director for the respective year with IMU address mentioned on your APC. This submission is mandatory to work in IMU Oral healthcare clinics.

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A Word from the Dean

Prof-Seow-Liang-Lin

PROF SEOW LIANG LIN

Dean, School of Dentistry
BDS (Mal), MSc (London), FDSRCS (England), PhD (Mal)

“The primary objective of the IMU Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry is to provide dental practitioners the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to plan, treat, and rehabilitate a range of simple to advance partially and fully edentulous patients using dental implants. The programme is designed to support the training and learning of working dental practitioners by using a flexible modular mode of delivery using a wide array of teaching methods supplemented with guidance from personal tutors. The training standards have been developed to ensure patient safety. The training will emphasise the need to provide a good standard of care based on current evidence in the field of Implant Dentistry. An evidence based patient centered approach will be used in advising patients concerning the choice of prostheses, techniques and materials available in implant dentistry.”

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