MSc (Clin) Periodontology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Clinical Case Reflection and Presentation II

Unit code DENT74022
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 aim of these units is to provide the clinical skills and attitudes required for clinical practice in periodontology.

The units build on knowledge gained in the pre-requisite units to enhance applied application of knowledge to the clinical environment through direct clinical experience, directed learning and guided reflection, including aspects of patient management, planning provision of care, review of clinical procedures and clinical reflection.

Each student is required to present a completed case for examination. The selected case presentation will be in the form of a written record and should be presented as a typed report. The presentation record should include a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s dental problems and all relevant complicating factors. 

Results of all special investigations should be discussed. The aims and objectives of the proposed treatment should be clearly stated as should be the reasons given for the proposed treatment plan. A chronological record of the treatment provided should be presented, outlining details of procedures used, inclusive of materials. The outcome of the treatment should be discussed.

Equally, the candidate should discuss, given the benefit of hindsight, whether modification(s) of the treatment plan might have brought about a different outcome. A copy of this record should be submitted to the Programme Director at least two weeks prior to the viva voce.


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 patient will attend for the purpose of the examination. The patient will be examined by the examiners, in the presence of the student. 

After the patient has been dismissed, a viva voce examination (usually 45 minutes) will take place. This may include any aspect of the treatment carried out by the student and related topics. 

The course of treatment for each of the presented cases should be defendable based upon the literature and clinical experience.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 40%
Set exercise 60%

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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