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Course content

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:

  • the knowledge, skills and attitudes fundamental to diagnosis and treatment of periodontics and related procedures;
  • the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable critical evaluation and problem solving for periodontal problems to allow independent practice;
  • knowledge relating to the contemporary practise of periodontics (including an appreciation of an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive patient care), to allow communication with both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • competence in the design and interpretation of original clinical research at the forefront of current dental research;
  • the knowledge and experience to plan, implement and complete a research project showing initiative and personal responsibility;
  • the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare you for advanced clinical practice in periodontics;
  • a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues involved in the scientific basis of periodontology.

Teaching and learning

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.

Coursework and assessment

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.

Course unit details

There are four parts to this course:

  • Research Methods
  • Biostatistics
  • Specialist Clinical Component
  • Dissertation.

Course content for Year 1

  • Basic science of applied periodontology (15 credits)
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning (15 credits)
  • Non-surgical treatment (15 credits)
  • Adjunctive treatments and antimicrobials (15 credits)
  • Oral health and disease in populations (15 credits)
  • Research methods (15 credits)
  • Biostatistics (15 credits)
  • Clinical case reflection and presentation I (15 credits)

Course content for Year 2

  • Management of complicating factors (15 credits)
  • Periodontal surgery (15 credits)
  • Advanced diagnosis and treatment planning (15 credits)
  • Clinical case reflection and presentation II (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (undertaken during semester one and two) (60 credits)

Course content for Year 3

  • Mucogingival surgery (15 credits)
  • Implant basic science (15 credits)
  • Implant treatment planning (15 credits)
  • Basic Implant surgical and restorative techniques (15 credits)
  • Advanced Implant surgical and restorative techniques (15 credits)
  • Peri-implant lesions (15 credits)
  • Advanced (implant) regenerative techniques (15 credits)
  • Clinical case reflection and presentation III (15 credits)

Career opportunities

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).

Accrediting organisations

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.

Visit the Periodontology (Clin) (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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