University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Clinical Periodontology

Our 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 students will be expected to attend up to 15 study/assessment days per year. 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 students move through the course they 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).

Entry requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course must be: Qualified as a dental surgeon and have a licence to practice dentistry; registered with the General Dental Council (or equivalent); in professional practice or have a hospital appointment for a minimum of 2 years'; 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). Competency may be demonstrated by qualification, accreditation of prior learning or separate University assessment. 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.

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

Each module of the course has a series of assessments and examinations; typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), portfolios and essays.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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