MSc Endodontics (Dental Specialties) / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Our MSc Endodontics (Dental Specialties) course is designed for experienced dental practitioners who want to learn more about endodontics, the branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the tooth, dental pulp and surrounding tissues.

You will take units in research methods and biostatistics, as well as clinical units that explore related specialist areas such as:

  • the interfaces between endodontics and orthodontics;
  • implants and periodontics;
  • treatment of the younger and older patients;
  • comprehensive patient care;
  • the worn dentition;
  • microbial implications in endodontics.

You will learn how to undertake advanced and complex treatment modalities requiring an extended treatment period.

The remainder of the course comprises a dissertation that will help you learn how to prepare and carry out a supervised research topic.

You will also have opportunities to develop presentation skills through seminars, case discussions, debates and a structured oral examination.


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/literature review 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.

Teaching and learning

Students will be encouraged to attend specialist society meetings.

Teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage the student to take responsibility for their own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.

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

Key academic staff

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 Component: The clinical component is assessed by an OSCE, a written assignment, reflection on and presentation of clinical cases, work based assessments, a written examination and a structured oral examination.
  • Dissertation (10,000-15,000 words).

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 30 Mandatory
Research Methods DENT61010 15 Mandatory
Clinical Endodontics DENT61332 30 Mandatory
Reflective Clinical Practice DENT61342 15 Mandatory
Biostatistics DENT70001 15 Mandatory


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 to participate in a number of conferences. Some selected seminars will also provide CPD hours.