University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Dental Implantology

The course aims to develop a critical understanding and the ability to evaluate the clinical theory, practice and associated research applied to the practice of dental implantology as a mode of referred treatment. Our postgraduate course will provide students with the opportunities to apply the clinical theory, practice and associated research in the provision of dental implantology within the primary care setting. This course focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner. Work in the early part of the course will comprise plenary lectures and practical sessions in our phantom head facility and work on pig�s heads and similar systems. As students move through the course they will progress to working on live patients under close supervision in UCLan Dental Clinic. Here skills will be developed and assessed through direct observations of procedural skills (DOPS). The course will focus on: Treatment planning; medico-legal considerations; bone physiology and healing; pharmacology; appropriate radiographic techniques, including 3d scans; medical contra-indications; periodontal disease; management of major grafted patients; soft tissue techniques; restorative protocol; sinus lift; augmentation materials; surgical guides; implant exposure; post restorative management.

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 2 years; be registered with a Defence Union - possessing 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.

Course modules

Modules include: Clinical knowledge of dental implantology; clinical practice of dental implantology; appraising the dental literature; enhanced clinical knowledge of dental implantology; enhanced clinical practice of dental implantology; evidence based dentistry; extended clinical practice module; dentistry professional project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods may include analysis of given clinical cases, objective structured clinical examaminations (OSCEs) and essays.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
MSc Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

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