Endodontology MSc/PGDip

Endodontology MSc/PGDip

School of Dentistry


Post- graduate





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

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    Three Years for MSc, Two Years for PGDip

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    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

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.

Entry Requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:

  • Be qualified as a Dental Surgeon and have a licence to practice dentistry
  • Be registered with the General Dental Council (or equivalent)
  • Be in professional practice or have a hospital appointment for a minimum of two years
  • Be registered with a Defence Union - possessing indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level.
  • Possess indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level
  • Possess a current certificate of immunisation against communicable disease (Hepatitis B)
  • Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent). Competency may be demonstrated by qualification, accreditation of prior learning or separate University assessment.

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.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

Clinical Knowledge for Endodontics (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.

  • The development of the endodontium, histological structure and function
  • The pulp pathology: Injury, inflammation, diagnosis, and protection
  • Microbiology of endodontic disease
  • Endodontic radiology and digital radiology
  • Differential diagnoses for pain of dental origin
  • Medical complications and endodontics
  • Tooth/root anatomy, endodontic access and working length determination
  • Magnification in clinical endodontics
  • Cleaning and shaping: the microbiological and mechanical principles
  • Irrigation and Intra-canal medication
  • Current concepts of 3-dimensional endodontic obturation and coronal seal
  • Temporisation of endodontically-treated teeth
  • Treatment planning: case assessment and referral criteria for endodontic cases

Clinical Skills for Endodontology (20 credits)

This module introduces the necessary practical skills required for safe endodontic treatment within a primary dental care environment.

  • Setting up of the microscope, posture & introduction to 4-handed endodontics
  • Access cavity design of teeth and crown-down preparation techniques
  • Working length determination
  • Use of contemporary rotary niti. and irrigation regimes
  • Use of cold and thermal g.p. techniques for obturation
  • Introduction of contemporary non-g.p. based materials for obturation

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.

Year 2

Clinical Practice for Endodontology (20 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.

  • Traumatic injuries to teeth
  • Root resorption
  • Treatment of the non-vital immature tooth
  • Endodontic re-treatment
  • Endo/Perio lesions
  • Restoration of the endodontically-treated tooth
  • Procedural mishaps in endodontic therapy
  • Management of acute endodontic conditions and pain management
  • Endodontic surgery and use of MTA
  • Outcome: success and failure of endodontic therapy

This module introduces further practical skills required for effective surgical treatment.

  • Manipulation of mineral trioxide aggregate in perforation repair
  • Techniques for removal of obturation materials
  • Techniques for removal of intra-canal blockages and negotiating curved canals
  • Flap design and suture techniques in endodontic microsurgery
  • Microscopic retrograde (root-end) preparation with ultrasonics
  • Use of various retrograde obturation materials

Year 3

Research Project (60 credits)

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.

The 3 year MSc course will also provide you with over 300 Verifiable CPD Hours which link to the GDC Development Outcomes as follows:

Year 1 – A, C & D
Year 2 – A, B , C & D
Year 3 – C

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

Postgraduate Advice Events

  • Wednesday 10th April 2019 2pm
  • Wednesday 8th May 2019 2pm
  • Sunday 23rd June 2019 10 am (part of Wider University Open Day)
  • Saturday 6th July 2019 10 am

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

  • Thorough case assessment and record taking
  • Treatment planning and case selection
  • Working under magnification
  • Contemporary techniques for cleaning and shaping canals
  • Irrigation and intracanal medication
  • 3-dimensional obturation
  • Restoration of the endodontically-treated tooth
  • Non-surgical re-treatments

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.

Postgraduate Advice Events

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 2pm – 4pm (1 hour CPD lecture 4pm – 5pm)
Saturday 16th June 2018, 10.30am – 12pm
Tuesday 10th July 2018, 2pm – 4pm (1 hour CPD lecture 4pm – 5pm)

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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: Year 1 - £8,675 (UK/EU); Year 2 - £16,500 (UK/EU); Year 3 (UK/EU) - £7,150

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

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

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

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.

UCLan Dental Clinic

Phantom Head Facility

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“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.

Phillip Mullen, MSc Endodontology student

Hasveer Sangha, MSc Endodontology student

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