MSc Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Basic Clinical Skills in Paediatric Dentistry

Course unit fact file
Unit code DENT61251
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will be delivered via a combination of a hands on, lab based course (3 hours x 6 sessions), regular attendance at consultant assessment and treatment planning clinics and regular consultant supervised treatment sessions for the students. Students will also regularly present at and participate in departmental journal club. They will design, implement and present a clinical governance project with support from their educational supervisor.


This unit aims to equip students with knowledge and clinical skills in:
  • Placement of rubber dam and fissure sealants in the paediatric patient
  • Composite restoration of anterior and posterior primary and permanent teeth in the paediatric dental patient
  • Preparation of a primary tooth for vital pulpotomy and placement of a preformed metal crown
  • Management of the immature permanent incisor using MTA apexification and use of thermoplastic obturation techniques
  • Use of the “wand” for the delivery of local analgesia
This unit also aims to develop the student’s presentation and critical appraisal skills through participation in the regular departmental journal club and the planning, implementation and presentation of a clinical governance project.

Assessment methods

Written clinical governance project (80%)

Oral presentation of the clinical governance report (20%)

Feedback methods

Written feedback on the project will be provided within 15 working days. Immediate verbal feedback will be provided on the oral presentation.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Siobhan Barry Unit coordinator

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