Postgraduate Dentistry, Core 40 DENT5052

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is the core component of postgraduate Dental programmes: MSc (Dent Sci) Primary Dental Care; MSc (Dent Sci) Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics; MSc (Dent Sci) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; and D Clin Dent (Ortho).


Normally classes will occur two days per month and there will be time for face to face contact in the form of Seminars, formative essay feedback, as well as private study towards Summative Essay work.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



Must be taken with Course 'MSc (Dent Sci) Core 20' on the MSc Primary Dental Care or the MSc (Dent Sci) Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics; or

Alternatively with the Course 'MSc (Dent Sci) Dental Imaging 20' on the MSc (Dent Sci) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery or D Clin Dent (Ortho).


Class essay: One 3000 word essay at weeks 15, 30. 40% weighting. Double marked, agreed final mark. Feedback to student.

Examination: weeks 15,30. 4 clinical scenarios. 60% weighting.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To facilitate the acquisition and integration of a knowledge base in basic science, health science and research science to enable students to enhance their careers in clinical dentistry and maintain their clinical practice at 'special interest level'.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of the mechanisms of normal and abnormal development of oral and craniofacial structures. (4)

■ Demonstrate competence at basic life support and medical emergencies (4)

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles and practice of dental radiology (4)

■ Demonstrate critical understanding of the requirements for scientific publication (4)

■ Demonstrate competence to conduct a literature search in a given topic and to conduct a critical analysis of that literature (4)

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of the basic biology of infection, inflammation and neoplastic change (8)

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of the law as it applies to clinical dental practice, including, Health and Safety and Cross infection control (4)

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of the ethical issues which are inherent in the practice of dentistry (including consent and access to treatment). (4)

■ Demonstrate critical understanding of the procedures involved in clinical audit and clinical governance (4)

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.