Clinical Implantology MSc

Clinical Implantology MSc

School of Dentistry


Post- graduate




Birmingham or Glasgow*

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

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  • Duration:

    Two years with approximately 35 contact days

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Birmingham or Glasgow*

  • Start Date:

    October 2019 (UK cohorts delivered with VSS Academy)

  • Award Type:


Why study this programme?

*This programme is delivered in conjunction with our academic partner VSS Academy and is offered at Regional Training Centres throughout the UK.

This course has evolved from the successful MSc in Implantology and has been re-designed in response to student feedback. Now run over two years and with much of the delivery online, this course enables the busy dental practitioner to not only study much of the course material from home, but also with the opportunity to treat patients under the direct clinical supervision of experienced consultants and specialists.

This programme is delivered by experienced clinicians and educators. Successful completion of this two year programme leads to the award of an MSc in Clinical Implantology from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), a UK University well known as a provider of high quality clinical training and education.

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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
  • 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.

DBS: all potential students must undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to admittance to the programme and the University will take you through this process. Applicants must provide evidence of their GDC Certificate and Indemnity Insurance by either uploading a copy upon online application or providing a copy with their completed paper application.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

DX4016 Clinical Implantology 1 (60 Credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce the foundation knowledge and practical skills required for the safe practice of implant dentistry within a primary dental care environment. The syllabus content will be applied to encourage the clinical application of knowledge, understanding and demonstrations of skills in:

  • Implant design, principles of osseointegration and the bone/implant interface
  • Detailed patient assessment
  • Appropriate use of diagnostic aids, including imaging
  • Management of occlusion in implant dentistry
  • Patient counselling, with regard to alternative treatment options, education of patient to risks and benefits of dental implant treatment
  • Surgery set-up for implant dentistry
  • Implant placement and restoration in the skills laboratory and clinic for straightforward cases

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.

Year 2

DX4026 Clinical Implantology 2 (60 Credits)

This module will build upon the skills and knowledge acquired during DX4016 in providing safe and appropriate dental implant treatment. It will introduce the planning and management of more advanced clinical cases, including an introduction to the use of augmentation procedures. The syllabus content will be applied to encourage the clinical application of knowledge, understanding and demonstrations of skills in:

  • Treatment planning for more advanced clinical cases
  • Options for hard and soft tissue augmentation
  • Management of complications of implant treatment, peri implantitis and prosthodontic failures

DX4027 - Research Strategy (40 Credits)

This online 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 colleague’s 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.

The 2 year MSc course will provide you with 180 academic credits, and this equates to 1,800 hours of verifiable CPD that relate to the GDC Development Outcomes as follows:

  • Year 1 – A, C & D
  • Year 2 – A, B , C & D

Further Information

As a student on this course you will have access to excellent online materials to guide and support your learning. You will examine, create treatment plans, place and restore dental implants under direct clinical supervision at one of our approved Clinical Training Centres.

This programme provides authentic clinical training and education, delivered both online and face-to-face that will prepare you to provide safe and appropriate dental implants as part of your clinical practice.

There is also the opportunity for continued mentoring and support.

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: N/A
Part-time: Year 1 £15,365; Year 2 £16,477

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Modules DX 4017 and 4027 are delivered and assessed online.

The clinical modules, DX4016 and 4026 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 Fadi Barrak, a highly experienced implant surgeon, having placed and restored dental implants for nearly 20 years. He has lectured and mentored many dentists in implant dentistry, and been Course Leader at UCLan for a number of years.


For dentists looking to introduce dental implants within their practice, this is the ideal course. During this course you will plan, place and restore implants under direct clinical supervision, in one of our approved regional training centres.

Course highlights

  • Part time, two year programme leading to an MSc in Clinical Implantology.
  • Blended learning, online delivery and face to face.
  • Clinical sessions at an approved regional training centre.
  • Delivered by experienced clinicians and specialists.