Taught course

Clinical Periodontology

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.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

Our MSc Clinical Periodontology programme is the ideal course for dentists looking to introduce more advanced periodontal treatment within their practice. You’ll get an authentic clinical training and education which means you’ll be equipped to provide safe and appropriate periodontal treatment as part of your clinical practice.

This course has evolved from our successful three-year MSc Periodontology programme, and incorporates changes based on student feedback.

If you’re a busy general dental practitioner, you can combine part-time study with work.

Course highlights:

  • 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
  • Management of Peri-implantitis


  • You’ll get 20 days of supervised clinical training, delivered by experienced clinicians and educators.
  • Much of the academic teaching is delivered through a modern, online delivery model.
  • You’ll graduate with an MSc Periodontology from a UK university that’s well known as a provider of high quality clinical training and education.


  • You will be able to study whilst you continue working as much of the academic content is delivered online.
  • You’ll plan and treat real patients referred by local dental practitioners in our University Dental Clinic, under the direct clinical supervision of experienced consultants and specialists.
  • You will enjoy a teaching faculty led by Dr Flavio Pisani, a highly experienced specialist and academic periodontist.


You’ll need to attend up to 25 study/assessment days per year, and of these 20 will be in the Dental Clinic where you will be supported to assess, undertake and ultimately lead in clinical treatment.

To accompany the study days, much of the course content, including lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, videos of lectures and assignments will be delivered to you via the University’s e-learn system. This means you can study from home.

Initially we offer plenary lectures and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility, including work on pig’s head and similar systems. As you move through the first year of the course you’ll progress to working on live patients, under close supervision, in our Dental Clinic. You’ll develop skills that’ll be assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS).

Your academic knowledge will develop though presentations, directed reading and case-based discussions. You’ll lead and work in groups too, which are typically <12 per cohort. This is an informal and supportive learning environment.

We must of course have assessments and examinations - these are designed to allow you to monitor your progress and guide your learning as well as testing your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher level skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, case presentations, practical tests, written examinations and critical essays.

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

The clinical modules (DX4030 and DX4039) are assessed with a blend of course work, written assessments, practical assessments including direct observations whilst treating patients, and seen and unseen clinical case assessments. For details module information see the course page on our website.


For dentists looking to introduce periodontal treatment within their practice, this is the ideal course. During this course you will plan and treat patients under direct clinical supervision, in our UCLan Dental Clinic, providing periodontal treatment for patients that have been referred by local dental practitioners.


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.

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, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892 400