Postgraduate Course

MSc Periodontology

MSc Periodontology


The details
October 2020
3 years
Southend Campus

Do you have the enhanced skills in advanced care that are needed in the new dental contract? Dental practitioners who do are likely to be commissioned to provide specialised services under the proposed new dental contract. Periodontology is just one of those specialised services you could be commissioned to do.

If you are a registered dentist, our MSc Periodontology course provides an educational route for you to acquire advanced skills and knowledge in periodontology:

  • Gain experience in our purpose-built dental skills labs and clinical patient care facilities
  • Make your studies fit around your busy working life through our flexible study options
  • Expand your knowledge and interests in a broad range of dental disciplines
  • Learn from experienced clinicians who provide expert oral health care in clinical settings
  • Reinforce and enhance the skills which are required for everyday clinical practice

You gain a broad and critical understanding of the key concepts underlying clinical periodontal practice. At Essex, you critically appraise research findings and develop your own evidence-based practice.

If you are a hygienist or hygienist/therapist we also offer our MSc Advanced Periodontal Practice.

Why we're great.
  • Gain experience in our purpose-built facilities for developing dental skills and patient care
  • Further your career by expanding your knowledge and skills in advanced dental care
  • Study as part of your lifestyle – our flexible study options fit around the busy working lives of clinicians
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Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Social Care is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building at our Colchester Campus and in the Gateway Building at our Southend Campus.

The Oral Health Science facilities are centred in the Gateway Building, and MSc Periodontology is taught both at our Southend Campus and in our purpose-built academic dental clinic. We offer clinical laboratories with the very latest equipment and IT facilities - in particular, a state-of-the-art dental skills lab with the latest simulation ‘phantom heads’ to practise on.

Your future

Our MSc Periodontology offers you many opportunities to further your career:

  • Academic and clinical teaching practice
  • Academic development
  • Development of the profession
  • Enhanced clinical skills
  • Enhanced professional practice
  • Hospital practice
  • Local professional networks, local dental committees, and British Dental Association groups
  • Medico-legal (expert witnesses)
  • Mentoring

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Complete applications for this course must be received by 18 September 2020. If your application is incomplete or is submitted after this date it will not be considered.
  • A relevant professional qualification and current registration with the General Dental Council
  • A minimum of 2 years post-registration experience
  • A degree with an overall 2.1 in a relevant subject


  • Relevant professional experience and qualifications that demonstrate ability to study at Masters level
  • Currently employed in a relevant field of practice
  • Successful performance at interview

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.


Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. These carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore, question, and create powerful ideas. Picked to give you an extensive and in-depth education, they’ll equip you with the specialist knowledge, vital transferrable skills, and the confidence to make a genuine difference to the world around you.

Our MSc Periodontology provides an educational route, by credit accumulation, to acquire the skills and knowledge of a dentist with enhanced skills.

We’re reactive, we’re pioneering, we never stand still, so modules might change from year to year in response to new developments and innovation. Those listed below show how a typical course might look, but more detail on course structure, including details of all optional modules, is available on our Programme Specification.

Introduction and Scientific Basis of Periodontology

This module is designed to ensure you have a sound level of knowledge and skills within the subject area of periodontology and have an advanced understanding of the basic science associated with periodontal disease and therapy.

View Introduction and Scientific Basis of Periodontology on our Module Directory

Clinical Periodontology

This module is designed to ensure you have an advanced understanding of the principles associated with the clinical aspects of periodontal disease and therapy and their application to specialised practice.

View Clinical Periodontology on our Module Directory

Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

This module is designed to ensure you are able to assess, diagnose and plan treatments for patients with a range of periodontal diseases at an advanced level.

View Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment Planning on our Module Directory

Non-Surgical Management of Periodontal Disease

Become proficient at an advanced level in non-surgical management of patients with periodontal disease. Taught by clinical experts in periodontology, this module covers theoretical teaching, demonstration and teaching of clinical skills using simulation.

View Non-Surgical Management of Periodontal Disease on our Module Directory

Surgical Management of Periodontal Disease

This is a core module which has been specifically designed to ensure you become proficient at an advanced level in the management of periodontal patients with complex needs. You will be taught by clinical experts using a variety of teaching methods from theoretical to practical.

View Surgical Management of Periodontal Disease on our Module Directory

Complex Case Management

This module is designed to ensure you are proficient at an advanced level in the management of periodontal patients with complex needs.

View Complex Case Management on our Module Directory

Using Evidence in Health Care Practice

You will have the opportunity to build on your existing knowledge of research by exploring a variety of methodologies. This will prepare you for your second year of study when you will conduct your own original research project in an area of interest that is relevant to health care practice.

View Using Evidence in Health Care Practice on our Module Directory


This final module consolidates your learning and equips you to take your career forward with a range of skills and knowledge relevant to your professional practice. It is an opportunity to undertake an independent research project relevant to your field of practice. You will formulate a research question, plan and carry out the project, analyse and write up the results. You can undertake primary or secondary research, or audit/service evaluation or a library based critical literature review research project. If you are undertaking the MSc in Health Research you will undertake a primary or secondary research project, engaging with empirical data.

View Dissertation on our Module Directory


  • Practical skills classes, workshops and placements are used to integrate theory and practice


  • You are assessed through course work, portfolio vivas, clinical assessment forms, presentations and essays
  • You also conduct a research project/dissertation

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee


Please note the above fees are per annum

International fee


Please note the above fees are per annum

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Southend Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.


To apply for this course you will need to supply the University with supporting documents, these are:

  • CV of a maximum of two pages
  • Personal statement with a 500 word limit (flexibility on this up to 550 words)
  • One academic reference (if you haven’t studied for over 5 years, we can normally accept an appropriate reference from an employer)
  • Transcript for the qualification used to register with the General Dental Council
  • Current yearly registration certificate for the General Dental Council
  • Evidence of 2 years’ post-qualification experience in professional practice i.e. working with patients (could be evidenced within CV)
  • Copy of current indemnity certificate

Your application cannot be processed without these documents.

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