MSc (Clin) Periodontology

Year of entry: 2021

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Degree awarded
MSc (Clin)
3 years FT
Entry requirements

We require a primary dental qualification from a recognised institution and at least two years' recent experience in general professional practice.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

3-4 places

How to apply

Please apply via our  online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Gain the academic knowledge and clinical skills to practice periodontology at an advanced or specialist level.
  • Learn how to design and conduct research projects.
  • Benefit from our links with the Cochrane Oral Health Group and the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for the Treatment of Cranio-Facial Anomalies.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake extensive treatment plans and follow integrated courses of care for patients.
  • Become eligible to sit the MPerio Royal College examination.
  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK and among the top 25 in the world for Dentistry (QS world University Rankings 2020).

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £47,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £47,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 543 4695
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a primary dental qualification from a recognised institution and at least two years' recent experience in general professional practice.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (Listening 20; Writing 20; Reading 20 and Speaking 20)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our  online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Applicants must provide the following:

  • proof of two years' recent post-graduation clinical experience, this must not include your internship;
  • two academic references. Both must be on headed paper, and signed and dated and within the last 12 months. References older than this will not be accepted;
  • copies (not originals) of degree certificates;
  • official academic transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. (If these are in a language other than English please provide official translations.) Note: If you hold a BDS from a UK university you need not provide a transcript of results, but you must provide a copy of the certificate;
  • personal statement;
  • full CV;
  • copies (not originals) of English Language certification, if an applicant's first language is not English - only IELTS or TOEFL test scores are acceptable.

Only applications with all required supporting documentation (above) will be processed. Conditional offers cannot be made for those that do not meet the minimum requirements for the course. We do not make conditional offers on the submission of supporting documents.

International students should upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application. Evidence of citizenship of an EU country will be required for those claiming home student status.

How your application is considered

We consider your academic transcripts, academic references, evidence of clinical skills and knowledge developed since graduation, and evidence of your interest in periodontology when assessing applications.

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

Applicants will be required to have medical clearance as per current University Health and Safety Services.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course, the Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

Health clearance from the University's Occupational Health Department will be a condition of any offer.

See the HEOPS standards of medical fitness to train guidance (PDF, 84KB) for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

A disclosure and barring service check is required for those candidates residing in the UK. Overseas candidates are required to provide a Police Certificate of Good Conduct


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our three-year MSc (Clin) Periodontology course focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. You will learn the skills needed to critically evaluate and solve problems relating to periodontology.

Your research skills will also be developed as you learn how to design research projects, collect data, conduct simple analyses and interpret the results.

These projects may be within areas such as genetics, microbiology or biomaterials.

Your research will benefit from our links with the Cochrane Oral Health Group and the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for the Treatment of Cranio-Facial Anomalies.

Our course is also designed to prepare you to become a Member in Restorative Dentistry through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.


The course aims to provide you with:

  • the knowledge, skills and attitudes fundamental to diagnosis and treatment of periodontics and related procedures;
  • the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable critical evaluation and problem solving for periodontal problems to allow independent practice;
  • knowledge relating to the contemporary practise of periodontics (including an appreciation of an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive patient care), to allow communication with both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • competence in the design and interpretation of original clinical research at the forefront of current dental research;
  • the knowledge and experience to plan, implement and complete a research project showing initiative and personal responsibility;
  • the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare you for advanced clinical practice in periodontics;
  • a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues involved in the scientific basis of periodontology.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching methods in each unit to promote a stimulating and dynamic teaching environment. You will acquire the skills to enable you to work independently and effectively in an interdisciplinary clinical environment.

Our methods include seminars and lectures to both introduce and delve more deeply into key course concepts, as well as peer-to-peer and staff-to-student feedback and discussion through group work.

External bodies guide the subject areas we cover and the balance of formal teaching (seminars and lectures) to clinical experience to comply with standards for specialist level training. Additional, self-directed learning enables you to reflect upon your clinical work and skills, and the key concepts introduced within seminars.

We use a problem-based learning format for tutorials, enabling you to develop communication and presentation skills, as well as appreciate the relevance of scientific study to clinical practice.

The course is also designed to provide a foundation in research skills and methodologies to prepare you for further research or to pursue a clinical academic career. This complements the research project and dissertation, where MSc students have the opportunity to demonstrate the collation and presentation of information in this field.

The aim of the dissertation unit is to offer research training in the identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project.

Through the clinical units, you will also be exposed to industrial partners and experts from outside the University in the seminar series and practical sessions, providing access to world-class clinical academics.

The course creatively incorporates the clinical expertise of specialists in periodontology from a variety of backgrounds, including specialist practice and hospital-based clinical academia, to support learning.

Key academic staff

Coursework and assessment

Formal assessment for the Research Methods and Biostatistics components takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments per unit.

Assessment of each course unit generally follows a standard plan, which involves mid or end of unit assignments (e.g. literature reviews) and end of semester examinations in the format of MCQs or SBAs.

Clinical progress will be monitored using clinical logbooks and regular clinical competency assessments. Patient case reports outlined in your logbook will provide formative assessment of your clinical competencies during the course.

Course unit details

There are four parts to this course:

  • Research Methods
  • Biostatistics
  • Specialist Clinical Component
  • Dissertation.

Course content for Year 1

  • Basic science of applied periodontology (15 credits)
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning (15 credits)
  • Non-surgical treatment (15 credits)
  • Adjunctive treatments and antimicrobials (15 credits)
  • Oral health and disease in populations (15 credits)
  • Research methods (15 credits)
  • Biostatistics (15 credits)
  • Clinical case reflection and presentation I (15 credits)

Course content for Year 2

  • Management of complicating factors (15 credits)
  • Periodontal surgery (15 credits)
  • Advanced diagnosis and treatment planning (15 credits)
  • Clinical case reflection and presentation II (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (undertaken during semester one and two) (60 credits)

Course content for Year 3

  • Mucogingival surgery (15 credits)
  • Implant basic science (15 credits)
  • Implant treatment planning (15 credits)
  • Basic Implant surgical and restorative techniques (15 credits)
  • Advanced Implant surgical and restorative techniques (15 credits)
  • Peri-implant lesions (15 credits)
  • Advanced (implant) regenerative techniques (15 credits)
  • Clinical case reflection and presentation III (15 credits)

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
MSc Dissertation DENT60020 60 Mandatory
Research Methods DENT61010 15 Mandatory
Basic Implant Surgical & Restorative Techniques 2 DENT61132 15 Mandatory
Implant Basic Sciences DENT61141 15 Mandatory
Implant Treatment Planning DENT61152 15 Mandatory
Basic Implant Surg & Rest Tech 1 DENT61161 15 Mandatory
Biostatistics DENT70001 15 Mandatory
Basic Science of Applied Periodontology DENT71011 15 Mandatory
Diagnosis & Treatment Planning DENT71021 15 Mandatory
Non-Surgical Management DENT71031 15 Mandatory
Adjunctive Treatments & Antimicrobials DENT71041 15 Mandatory
Clinical Case Reflection and Presentation I DENT72042 15 Mandatory
Management of Complicating Factors DENT73011 15 Mandatory
Periodontal Surgery DENT73021 15 Mandatory
Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment Planning DENT74012 15 Mandatory
Clinical Case Reflection and Presentation II DENT74022 15 Mandatory
Mucogingival Surgery DENT75011 15 Mandatory
Peri-Implant Lesions DENT76022 15 Mandatory
Advanced (Implant) Regenerative Techniques DENT76032 15 Mandatory
Clinical Case Reflection and Presentation III DENT76043 15 Mandatory
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The majority of clinical activity takes place within the Manchester Dental Hospital. Other sessions may take place in outreach clinics within the Greater Manchester area.

You will have access to dedicated postgraduate suites. You will also be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

We will invite you to participate in a number of conferences and courses. Some selected seminars will also provide you with CPD hours.


Career opportunities

Most of our graduates return to their place of employment after completing the course.

A smaller number go on to pursue further academic training and undertake higher research degrees (eg MPhil or PhD programmes).