Postgraduate taught 

Endodontics MSc(DentSci)

Biology of Endodontic Diseases DENT5068

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course aims to develop the acquisition and integration of a knowledge base in assessing the needs of patients with endodontic disease and will also help students to develop skills in the treatment planning and delivery of appropriate immediate and subsequent treatment. Students will be exposed to a range of clinical and technical skills pertinent to the technical and clinical stages requisite to such treatment.


Teaching will consist of endodontic clinical skills sessions, research/audit sessions, tutorials, critical reading and endodontic diagnostic sessions.

Excluded Courses





Multiple Short Answers written examination (40%)

3,000 word assignment essay (60%)

Course Aims

To provide academic knowledge and clinical skills to enable postgraduates to:


■ diagnose endodontic problems


■ understand appropriate treatment procedures for patients with endodontic disease

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ describe the anatomy of pulp and periradicular tissues


■ explain the aetiology and biological processes contributing towards pulp and periradicular pathoses


■ outline the anatomical, physiological and psychological consequences of endodontic disease


■ demonstrate knowledge of appropriate case assessment and treatment planning in primary endodontics


■ select appropriate treatment protocols based upon understanding of the theoretical basis of endodontic treatment

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.