MSc (Clin) Periodontology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Implant Basic Sciences

Unit code DENT61141
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 School of Dentistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will enable participants to understand the basic sciences that underpin the clinical management of dental implants.  These include head and neck anatomy, bone physiology, choice of anaesthesia, and preoperative and postoperative care where appropriate to implant clinical practice. The unit also features an innovative 2-day placement in Manchester for  a Cadaver Course; Surgical Anatomy, Bone Grafting. and Dissection Surgery. Speakers: Professor Vishy Mahadevan and Dr Michael Norton. 


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Advanced Implant Surgical and Restorative Techniques DENT61182 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Basic Implant Surg & Rest Tech 1 DENT61161 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Basic Implant Surgical & Restorative Techniques 2 DENT61132 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Implant Treatment Planning DENT61152 Co-Requisite Compulsory


'Implant Basic Sciences' is one of five course units (totalling 90 credits) forming the clinical component of the Implantology programme. The aim of the clinical component is to give the student an understanding of the scientific basis of Dental Implantology, with particular emphasis on current thinking relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of patients.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the clinical component of the Dental Implantology programme, students will have acquired:

  • a knowledge of contemporary aspects of Dental Implantology;
  • appropriate practical and clinical skills relevant to Dental Implantology;
  • competence and confidence in a variety of transferable skills relevant to Dental Implantology.

Teaching and learning methods

The Specialist Clinical Component is designed to encourage the student to take responsibility for his/her own learning and to integrate work (in the case of part-time students) with formal educational activities. There will be an emphasis on a self-directed learning approach and the application of newly acquired knowledge will be encouraged. (The different learning needs of full-time, part-time and mature students are recognised. For example, flexibility over timetabling for part-time students, thus maintaining contact hours to the maximum yet allowing the student to work in clinical practice, through self-directed learning).

The type of teaching will vary from tutorials, small group seminars, self-directed learning, individual clinical and laboratory tuition and close clinical supervision.

In addition, activities on this clinical component may be supplemented by:

  • attendance at national conferences;
  • participation in appropriate extra-mural clinical courses;
  • seminars given by guest lecturers.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Work based learning 150
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Craig Barclay Unit coordinator

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