Our three-year MSc (Clin) Periodontology course focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. You will learn the skills needed to critically evaluate and solve problems relating to periodontology.
Your research skills will also be developed as you learn how to design research projects, collect data, conduct simple analyses and interpret the results.
These projects may be within areas such as genetics, microbiology or biomaterials.
Your research will benefit from our links with the Cochrane Oral Health Group and the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for the Treatment of Cranio-Facial Anomalies.
Our course is also designed to prepare you to become a Member in Restorative Dentistry through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The course aims to provide you with:
We use a range of teaching methods in each unit to promote a stimulating and dynamic teaching environment. You will acquire the skills to enable you to work independently and effectively in an interdisciplinary clinical environment.
Our methods include seminars and lectures to both introduce and delve more deeply into key course concepts, as well as peer-to-peer and staff-to-student feedback and discussion through group work.
External bodies guide the subject areas we cover and the balance of formal teaching (seminars and lectures) to clinical experience to comply with standards for specialist level training. Additional, self-directed learning enables you to reflect upon your clinical work and skills, and the key concepts introduced within seminars.
We use a problem-based learning format for tutorials, enabling you to develop communication and presentation skills, as well as appreciate the relevance of scientific study to clinical practice.
The course is also designed to provide a foundation in research skills and methodologies to prepare you for further research or to pursue a clinical academic career. This complements the research project and dissertation, where MSc students have the opportunity to demonstrate the collation and presentation of information in this field.
The aim of the dissertation unit is to offer research training in the identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project.
Through the clinical units, you will also be exposed to industrial partners and experts from outside the University in the seminar series and practical sessions, providing access to world-class clinical academics.
The course creatively incorporates the clinical expertise of specialists in periodontology from a variety of backgrounds, including specialist practice and hospital-based clinical academia, to support learning.
Formal assessment for the Research Methods and Biostatistics components takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments per unit.
Assessment of each course unit generally follows a standard plan, which involves mid or end of unit assignments (eg literature reviews) and end of semester examinations (for each unit completed during the semester) in the format of OSCEs and written examinations, including MCQs/SBAs.
Clinical progress will be monitored using clinical logbooks and regular clinical competency assessments. Patient case reports outlined in your logbook will provide formative assessment of your clinical competencies during the course.
There are four parts to this course:
Course content for Year 1
Course content for Year 2
Course content for Year 3
Most of our graduates return to their place of employment after completing the course.
A smaller number go on to pursue further academic training and undertake higher research degrees (eg MPhil or PhD programmes).
The course is designed to prepare candidates to challenge the membership in restorative dentistry (periodontology) of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We will request confirmation of eligibility from the College. This has been provided to our other three year courses.
Our Periodontology MClinDent combines academic study, clinical skills training and research and offers exceptional, innovative teaching. A wealth of academic expertise will give you a thorough practical education in advanced clinical periodontology, including aesthetics, implants and contemporary surgical methods.
The main themes which you will study are:
Through hands-on experience, you will acquire advanced competency in the full range of specialist periodontics clinical skills and complementary aspects of restorative dentistry.
Students will be exposed to research methods by seminars, extensive reviews of the classical and contemporary literature, critical appraisal of new scientific and clinical developments, and the completion of an in-depth literature review and a research project.
Our students have recently investigated smoking and periodontal health, periodontal microbiology and immunology, clinical trials of periodontal treatment and oral hygiene methods, behavioural factors in periodontology and periodontal relationships to systemic health.
You will achieve clinical proficiency in periodontics to a recognised UK specialist level and have the opportunity to sit a final conjoint membership examination with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
This course is available to study full-time over three years or over four years. The content is identical across both periods.
Designed to provide extensive contemporary knowledge and clinical proficiency in periodontology, qualified dentists train on this course to UK specialist level. The course has formal recognition for UK specialist training and offers greater depth of knowledge and clinical skills than is required for general practice.
The usual training period will be a minimum of 4,500 hours across the degree.
The course content is apportioned approximately as:
This time allocation is flexible and will depend upon the capacity of the trainees to complete the curriculum to a competent level.
Standard university term times do not apply to this course. You will receive a leave allowance for each academic year with full details provided on enrolment.
Your three academic taught modules will be assessed by written exams. Your six clinical modules will be examined on case reports, with oral and clinical examinations, and clinical examinations on unseen patients. Your research module will be assessed by a project report and oral examination.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.
Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment.
If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.
The DClinDent in Prosthodontics is a three-year, full-time programme which will allow the candidate to achieve specialist-level training in orthodontics, together with a taught professional Doctorate, and will also prepare them for the Speciality Membership Examinations of one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the UK.
The DClinDent aims to provide doctoral level educational opportunities to enable students to develop, consolidate and enhance their range of academic and clinical competencies to enable independent and reflective practice at the standard of a specialist in each clinical discipline.
The programme addresses five components:
For Year 1 and Year 2 students, there will be a written exam at the end of each semester.
In addition to the above, at the end of Year 2, students will also have oral exams.
Successful completion of the first two years of the programme will allow students to proceed to Year 3 of the programme. In Year 3, students will present the following:
a) a clinical governance project b) a systematic review of a topic related to orthodontics c) two fully documented patient case presentations d) two unseen (diagnostic) cases will also form part of this examination
The third year of the DClinDent programme will be structured over three semesters and during this time the student will be timetabled to four protected academic sessions each week with the remaining time dedicated to primarily independent clinical practice and inter-disciplinary patient management.
Year 1 courses:
Year 2 courses:
Year 3 courses:
On completion of the DClinDent, the student will be able to demonstrate the following:
This programme has been designed to help you specialise in prosthodontics.
This full-time, three-year Master's programme provides intensive knowledge of the basic principles of periodontal diseases, the management of advanced periodontal cases and the surgical components of implant dentistry.
The programme offers students the ability to assess and manage the periodontal needs of a patient and to become competent in the presentation, diagnosis and management of all known diseases and disorders of the periodontium.
Students undertake modules to the value of 540 credits. The current structure of modules is under review and may be updated in February 2018.
Year one consists of core modules (180 credits). Year two consists of core modules (180 credits). Year three consists of core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
There are no optional modules for this programme.
Each student undertakes an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 13,000–15,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through seminars, tutorials, individual and small-group teaching, self-directed learning, and practical clinical and experiential learning; with maximum exposure to clinical methodologies and management of patients with periodontal diseases.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Periodontology MClinDent
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The programme offers the intensive knowledge and clinical expertise necessary to practise periodontics at a specialist level.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Following completion of the programme, graduates have joined or started dental practices in the UK, EU and overseas working in the field of periodontics and implant dentistry. Some graduates have followed clinically related PhD programmes and have been appointed to academic positions in dental schools in the UK and overseas. A number of international graduates have been appointed to prestigious governmental positions in their countries.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Students benefit from first-class facilities and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques as well as internationally renowned speakers and honorary staff members.
The University of Birmingham School of Dentistry is an acknowledged world leader in innovative online dental education. This new blended learning MSc in Restorative Dentistry has been designed and developed by a large team of experts, with an awareness of the needs of contemporary dentists.
The course will deliver progressive study through Certificate, Diploma and MSc levels providing you with detailed understanding and clinical skills for successful, predictable and enjoyable advanced restorative dentistry.
Teaching during the two-year course is delivered online and in two face-to-face residential courses in a highly accessible format designed by the School of Dentistry’s award-winning e-learning team. This two-year distance learning MSc programme will provide advanced training in the subjects most commonly carried out in clinical practice:
While the primary aim of this course is to enhance the quality and predictability of patient care, study for the MSc is expected to significantly increase dentist’s professional satisfaction and confidence when carrying out a wide range of restorative procedures.
The high level of practical content will take you through a unique programme of structured simulation and clinical exercises carried out both in practice and on the residential courses.
You will be provided with your own specialised models. By following the innovative series of step-by-step practical exercises, you will be able to optimise the latest restorative materials and equipment, and master advanced clinical techniques for a comprehensive range of treatments.
We expect the development of Masters level clinical skills to significantly increase your employability options, increase your potential for private income and access to prospective NHS advanced care pathways. Professional enhancement resulting from your MSc may also increase the potential for referrals of patients requiring advanced restorative management.
You will be supported at all stages by friendly, engaged tutors and will take part in the highly popular social programme based at the University’s outstanding campus. Finally, with no traditional written examinations, you can expect an enjoyable period of study, which will bring career-long rewards.
Study materials are divided into seven interlinked modules over two years (for details on individual module content please see the module tab below):
The programme’s flexible design allows you to study independently, 24/7, and at times suitable to you. The programme will contain two residential weeks based in Birmingham (one week per year), and will allow you to receive direct hands-on tuition from some of the world's most experienced dental educators. You will use the simulation suite at the new £50 million School of Dentistry.
Accommodation on the University's delightful campus and a full programme of social activities are included in the price of your Master’s Degree course.
In addition to clinical studies, Masters you will carry out a series of chair-side simulated practical procedures, using the latest contemporary materials and equipment and following online step-by-step technique guides unique to this programme.
You will have direct access to your personal tutor throughout all stages of the programme. As a fully enrolled student at the University of Birmingham your general requirements will be managed by highly experienced and qualified members of the distance learning team from the School of Dentistry.
Using email, telephone, Skype, and web-based discussions you will be able to communicate directly with your teachers, course administrators, and your fellow students.
The MSc in Restorative Dentistry is a Masters degree taught and accredited by the University of Birmingham, and is an excellent addition to your Curriculum Vitae when seeking new job opportunities.
It proves that you have an advanced level of knowledge and skill in your chosen profession and that you have a commitment to improving the quality of your patient care, These are all important qualities to potential employers.
If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), please note that the MSc Restorative Dentistry programme in itself does not give you a licence to work in the UK.
For enquiries about working in the UK, please consult the UK General Dental Council.
Careers Support for Postgraduate Students
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We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website.
Our MSc Endodontics (Dental Specialties) course is designed for experienced dental practitioners who want to learn more about endodontics, the branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the tooth, dental pulp and surrounding tissues.
You will take units in research methods and biostatistics, as well as clinical units that explore related specialist areas such as:
You will learn how to undertake advanced and complex treatment modalities requiring an extended treatment period.
The remainder of the course comprises a dissertation that will help you learn how to prepare and carry out a supervised research topic, as well as develop the skills needed to discuss and defend your research and results in an oral examination.
The aims of the course are to:
Learn from consultants and specialists who will develop your abilities.
Students will be encouraged to attend specialist society meetings.
Teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage the student to take responsibility for their own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.
The course usually consists of three clinical sessions a week with a mix of treatment and observation.
You will have access to dedicated postgraduate suites at the University, as well as extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
We invite students to participate in a number of conferences. Some selected seminars will also provide CPD hours.
Graduates can develop careers in a range of areas including clinical practice, teaching and research.