Three Years for MSc, Two Years for PGDip
Mixed Mode, Part-time
Our MSc/PgDip Endodontology programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI).
This programme focuses on contemporary clinical practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.
We offer MSc students 15 clinic placements in which we provide the patients at the UCLan Dental Clinic during their diploma programme.
The programme has a broad clinical base, enabling students to diagnose and treat higher complexity endodontic cases, with state-of-the-art facilities including dental operating microscopes, advanced endodontic instrumentation techniques/materials as well as the use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT).
MSc students will have the opportunity for multi-disciplinary patient management by engaging with other graduate students undertaking training in prosthodontics, periodontology, oral surgery and implantology.
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Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:
DBS: all potential students must undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to admittance to the programme.
Applicants must provide evidence of their IELTS Level 7 certificate (or equivalent), GDC Certificate and Indemnity Insurance by either uploading a copy upon on-line application or providing a copy with their completed paper application.
Clinical Knowledge of Endodontology (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce foundation topics relating to the safe practice of endodontology. The module will cover the basic sciences underpinning the clinical aspects of endodontic treatment and will cover patient examination, treatment planning, complications and case selection.
Clinical Practice of Endodontology (20 credits)
This module introduces the necessary practical skills required for safe endodontic treatment within a primary dental care environment.
Appraising the Scientific Literature (20 credits)
The module seeks to develop your ability to locate, select and interpret information from a wide variety of published sources related to dentistry and oral health, and to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the dental literature.
Clinical Practice of Endodontics (60 credits)
This module will further develop your knowledge of endodontic treatment, building on the foundations developed in the first year. You will study advances in endodontology and will gain knowledge of the contemporary endodontic techniques that have widened and strengthened the clinician’s treatment portfolio, including a multi-disciplinary approach.
This module introduces further practical skills required for effective surgical treatment.
Research Project (60 credits)
The dissertation will form a major component in the final year of the Masters programme. You will be expected to take responsibility for designing, conducting and analysing the results of a substantial investigation, which will make a contribution to the discipline under scrutiny. You will be encouraged to adopt a balanced perspective in the treatment process as they analyse the research material. The project will be written up in the agreed Masters degree format. You will also be encouraged to write a short article suitable for submission for presentation at appropriate conference and where possible for publication in a specialty related journal. This will provide you with an opportunity to develop a professional writing style and to achieve publication.
The MSc and PgDip both carry 60 clinical and 30 “others” credits towards the FGDP Career Pathway. The course will also provide you with over 200 hours of verifiable CPD.
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Our MSc/PgDip Endodontology programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.
During the course (two years PgDip; three years MSc) you will be expected to attend up to 15 study/assessment days per year. Many of these sessions will be within the School of Medicine and Dentistry on the main UCLan Preston campus, though some sessions will be timetabled in the UCLan Dental Clinic , where you will observe, assist and ultimately lead in clinical treatment. To accompany the study days, much of the course content, including lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, videos of lectures and assignments will be delivered to you via the University’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allowing you to both prepare work for study days and undertake additional work independently from your home location.
Work in the early part of the course will comprise plenary lectures and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility and work on pigs head and similar systems. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision within the UCLan Dental Clinic. Here skills will be developed and assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS). The academic underpinning that supports this discipline will be developed though plenary lectures, directed reading and case-based discussions, which you and others in the group will be expected to prepare and lead. Group sizes are generally small (typically 12 per cohort) leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.
The key areas of this course will be
Assessments and examinations are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, OSCEs, mini clinical examinations and essays.
Completion of this programme of study provides 60 allowable credits towards the FGDP (UK) Career Pathway (Clinical); 30 allowable credits towards the Career Pathway (Other).
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Part-time: Year 1 - £8,450, Year 2 - £16,000, Year 3 - £6,960
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes for the 2017/18 academic year.
The programme encompasses a blended learning approach and consists of a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, and clinic training sessions. Each person will be assigned a personal tutor for the entire programme.
Each Module of your course will have a series of assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, OSCEs, portfolios and essays.
“Make no mistake – this course isn’t easy! If you just want to turn up, play with some endodontic toys, and get a degree, this isn’t for you. The course is a beautiful combination of the gaining of in-depth knowledge and the conversion of this knowledge into practical skills. And as the course goes on, the opportunity to take these skills on to the clinics – and to treat patients there – is a wonderful opportunity to turn this knowledge into practice.”
BA Davids, MSc Endodontology student.