Periodontology MClinDent

Periodontology MClinDent

School of Dentistry


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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  • Duration:

    Two years

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  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time

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  • Start Date:

    September 2021

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Why study this programme?

Please note: This course is open to international students only.

This two year, full time programme is delivered by experienced clinicians and educators. Successful completion leads to the award of an MClinDent Periodontology from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), a UK University well known as a provider of high quality clinical training and education. The main focus of the course is patient management and the delivery of appropriate, evidence based clinical care. There are supporting modules on critical appraisal, research strategies and clinical audit.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:

  • Be registered with an appropriate regulatory body and be a practicing dentist
  • Have appropriate indemnity cover.
  • Comply with the local occupational health guidelines for clinicians practicing exposure prone procedures (EPP)
  • Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent)

All suitable applicants will be interviewed.  Interview procedures and decisions regarding applications will be conducted within the University’s policies on equal opportunities and admissions

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

DX4009 – Clinical Audit (10 Credits)

The module will be an introduction to the organisational framework for clinical governance focused on clinical audit.  During the module students will learn to audit one’s own practice to ensure satisfactory outcomes following treatment of patients. The students will develop critical appraisal skills in order to support their decision making and professional development based on the best evidence. They will also develop their academic writing skills, communication skills, recognise and avoid plagiarism and be able to cite and reference accurately.

DX4017 - Utilising the evidence base (20 Credits)

DX4017 is a highly interactive, fully online module that provides students with the skills they need to critically appraise the academic literature. The module is divided into three distinct sessions. The first provides students with the necessary study skills and introduction to the basic concepts they will need to complete the module, such as an introduction to research, academic integrity, literature searches, validity and reliability, bias, and statistics. The second session focusses on different quantitative methods and how to critically appraise them, before the third session does the same with qualitative methods. There are two assignments. The first is a critical appraisal of a quantitative research paper. The second asks students to write two research outlines, one quantitative and one qualitative. The course is delivered asynchronously, meaning that pre-recorded lectures and materials are provided through Microsoft Notebook. However, students are also required to engage in frequent critical discussion and collaborative tasks with colleagues using Microsoft Teams. Specific time periods are designated for completion of such tasks in order that all students can benefit.

DX4066 – Core Knowledge in Periodontology (50 Credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce foundation topics relating to the safe practice of Periodontology allowing the student to understand the basic sciences underpinning the current concepts of periodontal diseases’ pathogenesis and the clinical aspects of periodontal treatment. The module also aims to allow the student to evaluate the evidence underlying patient’s examination, diagnosis and treatment planning, complications and case evaluation.

The syllabus content will be applied to encourage the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skill development, and will include:

  • Anatomy and biology of the periodontium
  • Contemporary epidemiological concepts and classification of periodontal diseases entities
  • Microbiology and host response
  • Periodontal examination and assessment of risk factors
  • Cause-related therapy
  • Chemical agents in periodontal therapy
  • Maintenance or supportive therapy
  • Biological rationale for surgical pocket therapy
  • Periodontal surgery: historical perspective, objectives, methods and clinical outcome
  • Treatment approaches in the management of multi-rooted teeth.
  • Clinical management of intrabony defects; conservative and resective approaches
  • Clinical documentation, treatment planning, case assessment and referral criteria for periodontal cases
  • Medical and legal consideration and issues

DX4067 – Core Skills in Periodontology (40 Credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce the necessary practical skills required for safe periodontal treatment within a primary dental care environment. Practical procedures will be demonstrated, supervised and assessed within the UCLan clinical training facility. In addition case presentation and critical case analysis of the student’s own patients will be undertaken and peer discussion actively encouraged.

The syllabus content will be applied to encourage the clinical application of knowledge, understanding and demonstrations of skills in:

  • Clinical documentation, treatment planning, case assessment and referral criteria for periodontal cases
  • Hands-on non-surgical and basic periodontal surgery
  • Treatment of angular bony defects - conservative and resective methods

Much of this module is delivered at the clinical skills laboratory and training facilities at the main campus in Preston. There may also be clinical sessions at other local training centres where you will treat patients under the supervision of Specialists and Consultants.

Year 2

DX4068 - Clinical Periodontology (80 Credits)

To build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year, for the safe and appropriate delivery of periodontal treatment within a primary dental care environment.

The syllabus content will be applied to encourage the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills through:

  • Patient triage and full assessment
  • Developing appropriate treatment options with predictable outcomes
  • Good communication of these options with appropriate reference to the evidence base
  • Provision of a range of non-surgical and surgical management of periodontitis that is appropriate, conservative and delivered with high levels of care

Much of your time in this module will be spent in the clinic assessing, planning and delivering periodontal treatment for patients.

DX4027 - Research Strategy (40 Credits)

This on-line module will extend the knowledge gained from DX4017 and develop the student’s skills in identifying and appraising scientific studies to inform their own and colleagues practice, on the basis of best available evidence. Students will learn the key stages in developing focused research questions, constructing systematic searches, and producing a research proposal. Understanding different study designs and recognising their limitations will allow for deeper critical appraisal of both the design and the evidence produced. This knowledge will be applied in developing and implementing their own research proposals and data synthesis. This module leads to the submission of an 8,000 word professional project.

Further Information

As a student on this course you will have access to excellent online materials to guide and support your learning.

This course will provide authentic clinical training and education, delivered both online and face-to-face that will prepare you to provide safe and appropriate periodontal treatment as part of your clinical practice.

Our MClinDent Periodontology programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a full-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with enhanced skills. 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 (2 years) you will be expected to attend teaching sessions within the School of Dentistry on the main UCLan Preston Campus, though some sessions will be timetabled in the UCLan Dental Clinic, where you will be supported to assess, undertake 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 eLearn system 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 pig’s head and similar systems. As you move through the first year of the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision in 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 presentations, 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  leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.

We must of course have assessments and examinations - these are designed to allow you to monitor your progress and guide your learning as well as testing your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher level skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, case presentations, practical tests, written examinations and critical essays.


How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £42,000 per year

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Professional Accreditation

Postgraduate qualifications in dentistry are not regulated by the General Dental Council in the UK. For successful students who wish to continue on the specialist pathway there will be the possibility of a further years training in order to help prepare you to sit the Membership in Periodontology examination of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Modules DX4017 and DX4027 are delivered and assessed online.

The clinical modules, DX4067 and DX4068 are assessed with a blend of course work, written assessments, practical assessments including direct observations whilst treating patients, and seen and unseen clinical case assessments.

The teaching faculty is led by Dr Nic Hodson, a highly experienced Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, he has been the Course Leader at UCLan for a number of years.


This is an ideal course for dentists looking to introduce Periodontal treatment within their practice. During this course you will plan and treat patients under direct clinical supervision, in our UCLan Dental Clinic.