University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire


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. 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 heads and similar systems. As students move through the course they 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 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.

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); able to provide evidence of sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent). 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 endodontology; clinical practice of endodontology; dental literature; enhanced clinical knowledge of endodontology; enhanced clinical practice of endodontology; evidence based dentistry; extended clinical practice module; dentistry professional project.

Assessment methods

Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, objective structural clinical examinations (OSCEs), mini clinical examinations and essays.


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

Campus details

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

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