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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.

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...

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Course Content

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)

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...

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Entry Requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a primary dental qualification from a recognised institution and at least two years' recent experience in general professional practice.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (Listening 20; Writing 20; Reading 20 and Speaking 20)

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Academic entry qualification overview We require a primary dental qualification from a recognised institution and at least two years' recent experience in general professional practice. English language International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We...

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Assessment Methods

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 (e.g. literature reviews) and end of semester examinations in the format of MCQs or 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.

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 (e.g. literature reviews) and end of semester examinations in the format of MCQs or SBAs. Clinical progress will be monitored using...

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