Taught course

Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice

University of Central Lancashire · School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

  • Qualified as a Dental Surgeon and have a licence to practice dentistry.
  • Registered with the General Dental Council or equivalent.
  • In professional practice or have a hospital appointment while attending the course.
  • Registered with a Defence Union - possessing indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level.
  • Possess a current certificate of immunisation against communicable disease Hepatitis B.
  • Sufficient competency in English language (IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent).

DBS: all potential students must undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to admittance to the programme.
Applicants must provide evidence of their General Dental Council Certificate and Indemnity Insurance.
Interview required.

Months of entry

August, September

Course content

About the course

Our MSc in Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice is ideal for busy dental hygienists and therapists seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge whilst also continuing their professional practice.

The course is delivered via blended learning, using a combination of online delivery, face-to-face learning and practical sessions at an approved regional training centre. Led by experienced clinicians and educators, it focuses on contemporary practice and evidence-based principles and systems. This approach ensures an optimal outcome for both patient and practitioner.

On completion, you’ll be ready to provide safe and appropriate periodontal and restorative treatment as part of your clinical practice.


  • Learn from a highly-regarded course team led by a GDC Specialist registrant and Hon. Consultant in Restorative Dentistry. Practical sessions are led by specialists, consultants and experienced clinicians with a proven track record in primary practice environments.
  • You’ll work in modern facilities and benefit from the knowledge of highly-experienced, non-clinical staff who provide some of the academic and scientific underpinning to your clinical learning.
  • The University works in conjunction with governing dental bodies, ensuring that the curriculum facilitates the development of transferable skills, which you can embed in your clinical practice.


  • Benefit from the School of Dentistry’s focus on Continuing Professional Development, allowing you to further your skills and education in your chosen area of interest whilst maintaining your clinical practice.
  • Gain the academic skills needed to critically appraise published work within dental and oral health related journals, and to understand how dental research is carried out.
  • Take advantage of our small group sizes. Typically no larger than 12, the groups provide an informal and supportive learning environment that ensures your learning needs are being met.


During the course, you’ll attend up to 15 study and assessment days annually. To accompany the study days, much of the course content, including lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, videos of lectures, and assignments is delivered to you via the University’s eLearn system. This allows you to prepare work ahead of the study days and undertake additional work independently from your home.

Two modules (DX4017 and DX4027) are delivered and assessed online.

The clinical modules (DX4018 and DX4028) are assessed via a blend of course work, written assessments, practical assessments including direct observations whilst treating patients, and seen and unseen clinical case assessments. For detailed module informaton please visit the course page on our website.


There are two alternative exit pathways:

  • Advanced Periodontal Practice, PGCert
  • Enhanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice, PGDip


This course will provide further training in periodontal and restorative practice in order that dental therapists can work to their full scope of practice.


Postgraduate qualifications in dentistry are not regulated by the General Dental Council in the UK.


This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892400