Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice MSc

Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice MSc

School of Dentistry


Post- graduate





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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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    3 years with approximately 38 contact days

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    Distance with attendance, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

This course is the first of its kind in the UK. It provides an opportunity for dental hygienists and therapists to improve their knowledge and enhance their clinical skills whilst continuing to work in practice.

For dental hygienists, successful completion of this one year part time course leads to the award of a PGCert in Enhanced Periodontal Practice. Delivery is by a mix of didactic teaching, small group discussions, student presentations and practical sessions. Topics covered include contemporary aetiopathology, epidemiology and management of periodontal disease and peri-implantitis, oral medicine, inhalation sedation, photography and suture removal.

For dental therapists the first year of the programme is as above, and the second year goes on to explore enhanced restorative practice. This includes looking at the significance of a patient’s occlusion, aesthetic considerations and restorative solutions as well as tooth whitening and pulp therapy.

The third year of the programme involves developing, carrying out and presenting a research project. This may be original research or a systematic review of an area of interest. Successful completion of this will result in the award of the MSc Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice. *subject to validation.

There is excellent online material to guide and support face-to-face learning, and the course is delivered by a team of experienced clinicians and academics.

Postgraduate Advice Events
Weds 10 April - 2pm / Weds 8 May - 2pm / Sun 23 June - 10am (part of UCLan Open Day) / Sat 6 July - 10am
Reserve your place online or email

Entry Requirements

  • Be registered with an appropriate regulatory body and be a practicing dental hygienist/therapist
  • Be registered with a defence union
  • Hold a current certificate of immunisation against communicable disease (Hepatitis B) 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

DX4001 Appraising the Scientific Literature (20 Credits)

The syllabus aims to develop students’ skills in appraising scientific literature to support their decision-making and professional development. Students will learn how to develop research questions to generate appropriate knowledge, how different research designs are used to answer different research questions, understand the key threats to robust quantitative and qualitative research, and how to appraise existing studies in their area of professional interest.

The syllabus content is as follows:

  • Developing a research question Identifying and researching a problem; moving from problem to question; focusing the research question; from question to appropriate study design
  • Quantitative study designs Experimental and observational human participant designs; association – causation; bias, confounding and chance; outcome measures; reporting findings.
  • Appraising experimental and observational studies bias, critical appraisal, critical appraisal checklists, assessing risk of bias and risk of bias tools
  • Qualitative study designs Interviews, focus groups, and observations; positionality and reflexivity; qualitative data analysis and reporting findings;
  • Appraising qualitative study designs; credibility, transferability, dependability, trustworthiness;
  • Ethical issues in clinical and healthcare related research   Ethical principles; gaining ethical approval and dealing with situational ethics

DX4018 Enhanced Periodontal Practice (40 Credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce foundation topics and the necessary practical skills relating to the safe practice of Periodontology within a primary dental care environment. The module will cover basic sciences underpinning the current concepts of periodontal diseases’ pathogenesis and the clinical aspects of periodontal treatment.

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

  • Contemporary aetiopathology and epidemiology of periodontal diseases entities
  • Periodontal examination and assessment of risk factors
  • Clinical photography
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning in periodontology
  • Contemporary management of periodontal disease
  • Aetiology and management of peri implantitis
  • Suture removal
  • Inhalation sedation
  • Oral medicine
  • Medical and legal consideration and issues

It will cover patient’s examination, diagnosis and treatment planning, complications and case evaluation. In addition case presentation and critical case analysis of the student’s own patients will be undertaken and peer discussion actively encouraged

Practical procedures will be demonstrated, supervised and assessed within the UCLan clinical training facility.

Year 2

DX4028 Enhanced Restorative Practice (60 Credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce clinical knowledge and the necessary practical skills relating to the safe practice of restorative dentistry within a primary dental care environment.

It will cover patient’s examination, diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as case management including occlusal assessment, aesthetic considerations and the delivery of appropriate restorations in the primary and secondary dentitions. In addition case presentation and critical case analysis of the student’s own patients will be undertaken. This will include peer discussion and reflection

Practical procedures will be demonstrated, supervised and assessed within the UCLan clinical training facility.

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

  • Basic occlusal examination
  • Impression taking
  • Occlusal records and the use of mounted study casts in restorative practice
  • Minimal intervention dentistry
  • Aesthetic considerations and restorative solutions
  • Tooth whitening
  • Contemporary techniques and material selection for the restoration of primary and secondary dentition
  • Pulp therapies for the primary dentition

Year 3

DX4006 – Research Project (60 Credits)

The module aims to develop students’ skills in gathering and appraising scientific studies to inform their own and colleagues’ practice on the basis of the best available evidence. It also aims to foster in students greater confidence in their ability to conduct independent research activity and present the findings of research to a professional audience.

The Research Project is the central component of the final year of the Masters programme. Students will be expected to take responsibility for designing, conducting and analysing the results of an appropriate and manageable mini-systematic review on a topic of professional interest.  Student will cover the following key areas:

  • Developing a focused review question
  • Designing systematic searches
  • Using tools to appraise the methodological quality and biases in experimental and observational studies
  • Using tools to appraise research processes and findings in qualitative studies
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Scientific writing
  • Presentation of research findings 

The project will be written up in the agreed Master’s degree format. Students will also be encouraged to write a short article suitable for submission for presentation at appropriate conference and where possible for publication in specialty related journal. This will provide the student an opportunity to develop a professional writing style and to achieve publication.

Postgraduate Advice Event

Register for our postgraduate advice event taking place on 10 April 2019

Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

How to Apply

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 2019/20

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £25,825 for full MSc

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.


Year 1 - £8,675 (UK/EU)

Year 2 - £10,000 (UK/EU)

Year 3 – £7,150 (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The teaching faculty is led by a restorative specialist who has general practice experience working in the NHS and privately. He has also worked at dental schools and hospitals in the UK and overseas and has been involved with dental education for over 30 years. The course team are all experienced clinicians who bring their wealth of experience to the course and this makes the teaching relevant and real.

Teaching takes place at our Preston campus, and is a blend of underpinning theory and practical exercises. We have a modern, well equipped phantom head laboratory and also access to our modern dental clinic for clinical teaching.

Course highlights

You’ll work in modern facilities as part of your programme and be taught by experienced clinicians and specialists.


This course will provide further training in periodontal and restorative practice in order that dental therapists and hygienists can work to their full scope of practice.