MSc (Clin) Periodontology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

Unit code DENT71021
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Dentistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


The delivery of this unit will provide each participant with a comprehensive experience and training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning of periodontal diseases. Furthermore, the assessment and treatment planning elements will incorporate aspects of other relevant dental disciplines.  

Students will gain an understanding of the clinical features and diagnosis of periodontal diseases and their risk assessment. They will also become familiarwith the clinical implication of radiology, different imaging techniques, and other diagnostic tests in diagnosis and prognosis of periodontal diseases.


On completion of the programme of study, students will have acquired:

  • knowledge of contemporary aspects of clinical periodontology, including an appreciation of an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive patient care;
  • appropriate practical and clinical skills relevant to clinical periodontology;
  • competence and confidence in a variety of transferable skills relevant to periodontology.

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
Other 50%
Written exam 50%

OSCE /SCOT (20 minute) & mini-CEX

Feedback methods

Feedback forms will be completed by examiners for all elements of accredited assessment and students are encouraged to make an appointment with the Director via the Programme Administrator to discuss such feedback.

Study hours

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

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Kevin Seymour Unit coordinator

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