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.

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.

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)
  • DX4018 Enhanced periodontal practice (40 credits)

Year 2

  • DX4028 Enhanced restorative practice (60 credits)

Year 3

  • DX4006 Research project (60 credits)

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 11 July 2018

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 2018/19

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

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 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.