FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you still have questions? Your questions about the course will be answered here by the programme director, lecturers and other students. Simply click on the question or video to get more information.
How do we make sure that the students stay on the ball?
What are the special features of the Online Master course?
Am I not forced to rely too much on myself with online study?
How do you visualise the online course?
Will I cope with the course as well as my job and family life?
Will only the Freiburg school of thought be taught in the course?
What is special about the course for me as a lecturer?
HOW LONG DOES THE MASTER’S TAKE?
The course takes a total of six semesters or three years.
HOW MANY FACE-TO-FACE TEACHING SESSIONS ARE THERE AND WHERE DO THESE TAKE PLACE?
There are a total of eight face-to-face teaching sessions that are spread across the entire course – this translates to 2–3 sessions each year. Most of these face-to-face teaching sessions last 2–3 days and usually take place on the weekends. All sessions are conducted in the facilities of the University Hospital Freiburg.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE MINIMAL FACE-TO-FACE CONTACT?
The minimal face-to-face contact means that you save travel and accommodation costs and also spend less time away from your surgery than you would if your course were completely face-to-face.
WILL I LEARN JUST AS MUCH AS I WOULD WITH A FULLY FACE-TO-FACE COURSE?
Because of our innovative teaching concept, you learn at least as much as you would if your course were completely face-to-face. To acquire the theoretical foundations, you do not have to come to Freiburg – you learn this material using a range of digital teaching media as well as the virtual classroom. In the meantime, you are also given the best possible specialist and organisational support from our teletutors. The face-to-face teaching sessions are reserved in this course for practising practical skills.
CAN THE INDIVIDUAL MODULES BE CREDITED TOWARDS THE COMPLETE MASTER’S COURSE?
If you decide later to do the complete Master’s, any individual modules that you have previously completed are very easily credited.
IS THE COURSE ACCREDITED?
The course was accredited with no conditions on 26 September 2007 by ACQUIN and was the first online course for periodontology accredited in Germany. On 26 June 2013 the course was re-accredited with no conditions for a further six years.
WHAT DOES THE MASTER’S COURSE COST?
The Master’s course costs a total of €29,000 and is generally paid in six-monthly instalments.
WHAT EXAMINATIONS ARE PART OF THE COURSE?
The examinations that are part of the course are mostly written tests (multiple choice questions) and practical exercises during the face-to-face sessions. To gain your Master’s degree, you must also write a Master’s thesis, prepare six written patient cases and sit an oral examination.
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL CLASSROOM?
Every second Monday evening we meet with our students in the virtual classroom where the students can talk with the teletutors, the lecturers and other students. Patient cases are often presented and discussed in the virtual classroom and specialist presentations by renowned experts complete the teaching session.

The conference software with integrated audio and video support that is used for these sessions enables lecturers to deliver online presentations and students can work through and discuss material interactively. The software is logical and user friendly.
DO THE STUDENTS HAVE PERSONAL CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER?
The personal contact between the students is very good because they not only meet one another during the face-to-face sessions in Freiburg but every second week they meet in the virtual classroom as well as for any joint tasks in group projects.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES THE COURSE REQUIRE?
Students need to spend about 6–10 hours a week studying.
IS THE MASTER’S COURSE ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE?
No, the course is not solely online. Only the theoretical foundations are taught online using digital teaching media and regular virtual meetings. Practical skills are taught and consolidated on site in the facilities of the University Hospital Freiburg.
DO I NEED SPECIAL TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND EQUIPMENT?
Although operating the technical components is very intuitive and simple, you require basic knowledge of how to use computers and the internet to complete the course. The technical components must also be available to you at all times. The internet connection speed must be at least DSL 6000. To take part in the online teaching sessions you also need a headset and a DSL cable connection.
IS THE MASTER’S DEGREE RECOGNISED INTERNATIONALLY?
Yes, when you have completed the course you will have an internationally recognised Master of Science.
CAN OTHER CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMMES THAT I HAVE COMPLETED BE CREDITED?
For graduates of a certified periodontology or implant dentistry course, the fee is reduced by €5000.

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