Taught course

Clinical Periodontology

University of Central Lancashire · School of Dentistry

Entry requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements: Be qualified as a Dental Surgeon and have a licence to practice dentistry Be registered with the General Dental Council (or equivalent) Be in professional practice or have a hospital appointment for a minimum of two years Be registered with a Defence Union - possessing indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level. Possess indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level Possess a current certificate of immunisation against communicable disease (Hepatitis B)

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc/PgDip Clinical Periodontology programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

We offer MSc students 15 clinic placements in which we provide the patients at the UCLan Dental Clinic.

Work in the early part of the course will comprise plenary lectures and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility and work on pig’s head and similar systems. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision in the UCLan Dental Clinic. Here skills will be developed and assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS). The academic underpinning that supports this discipline will be developed though plenary lectures, directed reading and case-based discussions, which you and others in the group will be expected to prepare and lead. Group sizes are generally small (typically 12 per cohort) leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.

Course content includes:

Thorough case assessment and record taking
Risk factors and their management
Appropriate treatment planning
Non surgical management of periodontal disease
Flap design and suturing
Surgical procedures including crown lengthening
Use of antibiotics as an adjunct to mechanical therapy

Information for international students

Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent). Competency may be demonstrated by qualification, accreditation of prior learning or separate University assessment.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892 400