MSc Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Basic Principles in Paediatric Dentistry

Course unit fact file
Unit code DENT61261
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
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.


The unit aims to enable students to gain a comprehensive overview of Paediatric Dentistry including a thorough knowledge of the clinical/scientific evidence and literature in relation to various diagnoses and techniques.


Teaching and learning methods

This unit will be delivered via didactic lectures in:
  • Growth and Development in the Paediatric Patient
  • Behaviour management in the Paediatric Dental Patient
  • Dental trauma in the Developing Dentition
  • Restorative materials in the primary and early mixed dentition
  • Pulp therapy in the primary dentition
  • The Medically Compromised Paediatric Dental 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 effective knowledge and understanding of how to examine, diagnose and manage the major clinical problems associated with paediatric dentistry. Students will also be able to demonstrate an appreciation 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 will 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. Student 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

5 x Powerpoint presentations with comprehensive handouts, forming the basis of a personal portfolio (60%)

Written essay (30%)

Production of a patient information leaflet (10%)

Feedback methods

Feedback for the presentations will be provided immediately in verbal and written form. Feedback for the essay and patient information leaflet will be provided in written form within 15 working days of the assessment.

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Siobhan Barry Unit coordinator

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