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Do you have the enhanced skills in advanced care that are needed in the new dental contract? Dental practices who do are likely to be commissioned to provide specialised services under the proposed new dental contract. Periodontology is just one of those specialised services you could be commissioned to do.

If you are a registered dental hygienist or dental hygienist/therapist, our MSc Advanced Periodontal Practice course provides an educational route for you to acquire advanced skills and knowledge in periodontology:

-Gain experience in our purpose-built dental skills labs and clinical patient care facilities

-Make your studies fit around your busy working life through our flexible study options

-Expand your knowledge and interests in a broad range of dental disciplines

-Learn from experienced clinicians who provide expert oral health care in clinical settings

-Reinforce and enhance the skills which are required for everyday clinical practice

You gain a broad and critical understanding of the key concepts underlying clinical periodontal practice. At Essex, you critically appraise research findings and develop your own evidence-based practice.

If you are a dentist we also offer our MSc Periodontology, which provides an educational route, by credit accumulation, to acquire the abilities and knowledge of a dentist with enhanced skills.

We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students, underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.

We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS, but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard and as such we expect that anyone who has any aspect of their work which ultimately cares for others will aspire to uphold these values.

For us, involving not only our students but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.

Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Social Care is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building at our Colchester Campus and in the Gateway Building at our Southend Campus.

The Oral Health Science facilities are centred in the Gateway Building, and MSc Periodontology is taught not only at our Southend Campus but also in our purpose built academic dental clinic. We offer clinical laboratories with the very latest equipment and IT facilities - in particular, a state-of-the-art dental skills lab with the latest simulation ‘phantom heads’ to practise on.

Your future

Our MSc Advanced Periodontal Practice offers you many opportunities to further your career:

-Academic and clinical teaching practice

-Academic development

-Development of the profession

-Enhanced clinical skills

-Enhanced professional practice

-Hospital practice

-Local professional networks, local dental committees, and British Dental Association groups

-Medico-legal (expert witnesses)


Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. These carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore, question, and create powerful ideas. Picked to give you an extensive and in-depth education, they’ll equip you with the specialist knowledge, vital transferrable skills, and the confidence to make a genuine difference to the world around you.

Our MSc Advanced Periodontal Practice provides an educational route, by credit accumulation, for you to acquire advanced skills and knowledge in periodontology.

Year 1

-Introduction and Scientific Basis of Periodontology

-Clinical Periodontology

-Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

-Non-Surgical Management of Periodontal Disease

Year 2

-Surgical Management of Periodontal Disease

-Complex Case Management

-Research in Health Care

Final year


Visit the MSc Advanced Periodontal Practice page on the University of Essex website for more details!




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