Postgraduate taught 

Endodontics MSc(DentSci)

Decontamination and Infection Control BIOL5304

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will deliver integrated knowledge in infection control and instrument decontamination sciences in modern healthcare, with particular reference to dental surgery.


The lectures and seminars will run over a four week block: Semester 1 or 2.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





At the end of the course the students will submit a 3000 word essay (100%).

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to offer participants an opportunity to acquire, critique and integrate relevant basic and applied knowledge in microbiology that underpins the principles of current procedures for preventing spread of infection in clinical environments.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the course the student will be able to:

1. Critique and implement effective infection control procedures as an element of safe clinical practice.

2. Apply recent advances and current procedures in instrument decontamination.

3. Evaluate the impact of breakdowns in accepted infection control practices.

4. Critically discuss the risks of transmission of blood-borne viruses in the clinical setting, including performance of exposure- prone procedures by infected health care workers.

5. Critically discuss the relevance of new and emerging infections to clinical practice.

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.