MSc (Clin) Endodontics / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

Our three-year MSc (Clin) Endodontics course is ideal if you are a dentist looking to specialise in prevention of pathology and treatment of the dental pulp and surrounding tissues.

You will develop a knowledge and understanding of contemporary aspects of endodontics and learn how to use an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive patient care, including advanced diagnostic and clinical skills.

The treatment of complex endodontics cases, which may be important to more comprehensive restorative treatment plans, will involve working with consultants/specialists in other disciplines.

This will improve your eligibility to sit the examinations to become a Member in Endodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

In addition, a custom-designed communication course will introduce you to health services culture and governance.

You will also have the opportunity to interact with and be taught by national and international experts in their field, and attend recognised national courses.

Aims

The aims of the course are:

  • to equip you with skills in the design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research (Research Methods unit);
  • provide you with skills in data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research (Biostatistics unit);
  • give you an understanding of the scientific basis of endodontics, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of adult patients (specialist clinical units);
  • train you in the identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project and gain experience of working independently while taking an evidence-based approach to your project (the dissertation).

Special features

Expert teaching

Learn from consultants and specialists who will develop your abilities.

Member in Endodontics eligibility

You will become eligible to sit the Membership in Endodontics exam upon completion of this course.

Teaching and learning

You will be encouraged to attend specialist society meetings and to present your research findings and clinical work.

Teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.

The course usually consists of five clinical sessions a week with a mix of treatment and observation.

Coursework and assessment

  • Research Methods: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments and participation in specified online group activities.
  • Biostatistics: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments.
  • Clinical: The clinical unit is assessed by a written assignment, submission of clinical cases, a written examination and a structured oral examination.
  • Dissertation, Year 3 (10,000-15,000 words).

Course unit details

This course comprises four components:

Research Methods component (15 credits): Training in skills related to design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.

Biostatistics component (15 credits): Training in skills in data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.

Specialist Clinical component: Gain an understanding of the scientific basis of endodontics, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of adult patients.

The Specialist Clinical Component encompasses the following:

  • Core lectures to include: o Medical emergency managemento Cross infection controlo Radiological protectiono Clinical governance
  • Interactive seminars related to endodontics
  • Pre-clinical skills course
  • Clinical treatment sessions in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Attend consultation clinics
  • Case reviews
  • Participation in journal clubs

Research unit (dissertation, 60 credits): You will train in the identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project and gain experience of working independently. Recent projects include studies related to bioactive materials, trauma and CBCT.

Course content for Year 1

  • Research methods
  • Biostatistics
  • Preclinical skills
  • Communications
  • Clinical treatment and consultation sessions
  • Visits to specialist practices (1)
  • Attendance at national endodontic meetings
  • Research project

Course content for Year 2

  • Clinical treatment and consultation sessions
  • Visits to specialist practices (2)
  • Attendance at national endodontic meetings
  • Personal development
  • Specialist courses (1)
  • Research project

Course content for Year 3

  • Clinical treatment and consultation sessions
  • Visits to specialist practices (3)
  • Attendance at national endodontics meetings
  • Health services
  • Specialist courses (2)
  • Research project

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Basic Science of Applied Endodontology DENT60011 15 Mandatory
MSc Dissertation DENT60020 60 Mandatory
Applied Endodontics DENT60022 15 Mandatory
Research Methods DENT61010 15 Mandatory
Clinical Endodontics DENT61332 15 Mandatory
Reflective Clinical Practice DENT61342 15 Mandatory
Biostatistics DENT70001 15 Mandatory
Understanding Academic Malpractice DENT77007 0 Mandatory

Facilities

You will have access to dedicated postgraduate suites at the University, as well as extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We invite students on this course to participate in a number of conferences and courses. Some selected seminars will also provide CPD hours.