Designed to provide extensive contemporary knowledge and clinical proficiency in periodontology, students train to UK specialist level.
The main themes which you will study are:
- the scientific basis of periodontal care
- the relationship of other dental disciplines to periodontal care
- diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with advanced periodontal disease involving multidisciplinary approaches and integrated treatment
- the clinical treatment of patients with advanced periodontal disease
- techniques for placement and restoration of dental implants in different clinical situations
- aesthetics and contemporary surgical methods.
Through hands-on experience, you will acquire advanced competency in the full range of specialist periodontics clinical skills and complementary aspects of restorative dentistry.
Students will be exposed to research methods by seminars, extensive reviews of the classical and contemporary literature, critical appraisal of new scientific and clinical developments, and the completion of an in-depth literature review and a research project.
Our students have recently investigated smoking and periodontal health, periodontal microbiology and immunology, clinical trials of periodontal treatment and oral hygiene methods, behavioural factors in periodontology and periodontal relationships to systemic health.
You will achieve clinical proficiency in periodontics to a recognised UK specialist level and have the opportunity to sit for the membership examination with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
This course is available to study full-time over three years or over four years. The content is identical across both periods.
Designed to provide extensive contemporary knowledge and clinical proficiency in periodontology, qualified dentists train on this course to UK specialist level. The course has formal recognition for UK specialist training and offers greater depth of knowledge and clinical skills than is required for general practice.
Course format and assessment
The usual training period will be a minimum of 4,500 hours across the degree.
The course content is apportioned approximately as:
- 60% clinical
- 25% academic
- 15% research
This time allocation is flexible and will depend upon the capacity of the trainees to complete the curriculum to a competent level.
Standard university term times do not apply to this course. You will receive a leave allowance for each academic year with full details provided on enrolment.
Your three academic taught modules will be assessed by written exams. Your six clinical modules will be examined on case reports, with oral and clinical examinations, and clinical examinations on unseen patients. Your research module will be assessed by a project report and oral examination.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.
Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment.
If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.