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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Part time: 2 years Flexible: up to 5 years

  • Course Type

    PgDip

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    04 January 2018

Course content

This Postgraduate Diploma programme is designed for dentists wishing to enhance their endodontic knowledge and clinical skills whilst continuing to work in practice, and runs part-time over two years.

About this degree

The programme enables participants to improve their knowledge and refine their practical and clinical skills. Subjects covered include the biological basis of disease management, as well as the clinical and technical aspects of treatment. The programme is delivered by leading clinicians, providing close support, coaching and mentoring to aid improvement in technical, clinical and cognitive domains.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits).

The PG Diploma programme has four core modules in year one (15 credits each) and three core modules in year two (two of 15 credits and one of 30 credits).

Core modules

  • Clinical Endodontics
  • Endodontic Sciences
  • Level 1 Practical Endodontics
  • Level 2 Practical Endodontics
  • Generalist Skills
  • Special Interest Skills - Trauma Management and pulp therapy
  • Special Interest Skills - Primary Root Canal Treatment and the management of treatment failure

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

Not applicable.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through seminars, lectures, hands-on practical sessions and case conferences on practice-managed patients in the first year, followed by direct clinical supervision of patient management in the second year.

In year one, 25 contact days are required (including one induction day); in year two, 20 contact days are required.

Fieldwork

Candidates will need to be employed in a general dental practice, where they would be able to receive and manage patients requiring endodontic care on a regular basis, using contemporary equipment (microscope beneficial but not essential) and materials. Such patients will form part of a contemporaneously maintained log-book to facilitate distance-mentoring.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Endodontic Practice PG Dip

Careers

Graduates often decide to focus a main part of their practice on endodontics, whilst others prefer to maintain a broad-based practice with a special interest. A number have gone on to undertake the MSc in Endodontics or Specialist Training. A number have since taken up teaching.

Employability

All graduates, without exception, find fulfilling and satisfying job placements to pursue their interests and consolidate their newly developed skills. Employers rate our graduates highly.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The first year of the programme is delivered in a state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratory under the direct coaching and mentoring of experienced teaching staff. This year lays the foundation of knowledge and integrates it with technical skill development, whilst clinical mentoring is provided on endodontic cases being treated in your own practice. The second year includes 18 days of directly supervised clinical work on patients at the institute with a staff:student ratio of 1:4, allowing maximum opportunity for clinical application of knowledge and technical skills developed in the first year. A clinical log-book is maintained throughout with reflections to ensure development.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Eastman Dental Institute

85% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


Visit the Endodontic Practice (PGDip) page on the University College London website for more details!

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