MSc Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Advanced Principles in Paediatric Dentistry

Course unit fact file
Unit code DENT61250
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Division of Dentistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will be delivered via a combination of 10 x 1 hour didactic lectures delivered by consultants and specialists from the Department of Paediatric Dentistry and 10 x 3 hour seminars which will involve the preparation and delivery of a PowerPoint presentation and handouts by each student per seminar. These seminars will be run by a consultant or specialist in Paediatric Dentistry and students will be marked for each presentation and handout.



This unit aims to build on the knowledge and skills from Basic Principles in Paediatric Dentistry and enable students to further develop a comprehensive overview of Paediatric Dentistry including a thorough knowledge of the clinical/scientific evidence and literature in relation to various diagnoses, advanced techniques and multi-disciplinary consultant led care.


Teaching and learning methods

This unit will be delivered via didactic lectures in:
  • Dental Anomalies in the Paediatric Patient:
                      - Amelogenesis Imperfecta
                      - Dentinogenesis Imperfecta and Osteogenesis Imperfecta
                      - Hypodontia and supernumerary teeth in the child patient
                      - Premature exfoliation and delayed exfoliation of primary teeth
  • Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation, the enforced extraction of first permanent molar teeth and the ectopic permanent molar tooth
  • The Paediatric Dental/Orthodontic interface:
                      - Space analysis and crossbites
                      - The unerupted permanent central incisor and the ectopic canine tooth
  • Fluoride and Prevention in the Paediatric Patient
  • Oral surgery and the Paediatric Dental Patient
  • Cleft palate in the child patient
The unit will also include compulsory attendance at consultant assessment and treatment planning clinics, undertaking personal treatment sessions and the attendance at and participation in regular departmental journal club.

Knowledge and understanding

Students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of how to examine, diagnose and manage the major clinical problems associated with paediatric dentistry.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of an multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive paediatric patient care

Intellectual skills

Students will develop a comprehensive knowledge of the dental literature in relation to paediatric dentistry and undertake critical evaluation, problem solving and sound judgment for clinical problems.

Practical skills

Students will develop the skills to search for appropriate dental literature, appraise the literature and develop both a powerpoint presentation and a more in-depth handout for each topic. Students will also develop their presentation skills.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students will develop literature review skills, critical appraisal skills and presentation skills.

Assessment methods

Presentation of 10 x Powerpoint presentations and comprehensive handouts - this will form the basis of a personal portfolio (75%)

Production and presentation of a poster relating to a topic of evidence-based healthcare or clinical treatment (25%)

Feedback methods

Immediate verbal and written feedback will be provided on the presentations.

Feedback will be provided along with marks for the poster component.

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Siobhan Barry Unit coordinator

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