Part-time: Two years
Mixed Mode, Part-time
This course has evolved from the successful three year MSc Clinical Periodontology programme and has been re-designed in response to student feedback. Now run over two years and with much of the academic delivery online, this course enables the busy dental practitioner to not only study much of the course material from home, but also provides the opportunity to treat patients under the direct clinical supervision of experienced consultants and specialists. As part of the changes, we have added four days of supervised clinical training, and moved much of the academic teaching to a modern, online delivery model.
This programme is delivered by experienced clinicians and educators. Successful completion of this two year programme leads to the award of an MSc Clinical Periodontology from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), a UK University well known as a provider of high quality clinical training and education.
Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:
DBS: all potential students must undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to admittance to the programme.
Applicants must provide evidence of their GDC Certificate and Indemnity Insurance by either uploading a copy upon on-line application or providing a copy with their completed paper application.
DX4030 - Clinical Periodontology 1 (60 Credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce foundation topics and necessary practical skills 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. 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 module also aims to allow the student to evaluate the evidence underlying patient’s examination, diagnosis and treatment planning, complications and case evaluation. Towards the end of this module you will start a series of clinical sessions where you will treat patients under specialist supervision.
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.
DX4039 - Clinical Periodontology 2 (60 Credits)
This module builds upon the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year and allows you to utilise and practice these techniques in the assessment and management of patients. A range of patients will be available for whom you will provide treatment over a further 15 days of supervised clinical training in the UCLan Dental Clinic. This is supported by further clinical study days, including opportunities for case presentation and discussion.
The syllabus content will be applied to encourage the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills in:
Thorough patient assessment
Developing appropriate treatment options
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 are appropriate, conservative and delivered with high levels of care.
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
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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.
The course will also provide the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-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 you will be expected to attend up to 20 study/assessment days per year. Many of these sessions will be 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 (typically <12 per cohort) 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.
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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.
Postgraduate qualifications in dentistry are not regulated by the General Dental Council in the UK.
Modules DX4017 and DX4027 are delivered and assessed online.
The clinical modules, DX4030 and DX4039 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.
For dentists looking to introduce periodontal treatment within their practice, this is the ideal course. During this course you will plan and treat patients under direct clinical supervision, in our UCLan Dental Clinic, providing periodontal treatment for patients that have been referred by local dental practitioners.