Postgraduate taught 

Endodontics MSc(DentSci)

Biology of endodontic diseases, Year 1 DENT5068

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus 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 pre-clinical/ clinical treatment sessions, research/ audit sessions, didactic teaching seminars, critical reading seminars and endodontic diagnostic clinic sessions.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses







End of course Multiple Short Answers written examination (30%)

3,000 word assignment essay (50%)

Assessment of practical work within preclinical skills (diagnostic case report- 20%)

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 critically analyse and:


■ describe and identify the aetiology and biological processes underpinning pulp pathoses


■ state the aetiology and biological processes contributing towards periradicular pathoses


■ describe in detail the natural anatomy of pulp and periradicular tissues


■ describe anatomical, physiological and psychological sequelae to endodontic diseases


■ describe the importance of pulpal protection and prevention of endodontic diseases


■ demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical basis of endodontic treatment


■ demonstrate knowledge of appropriate treatment planning in primary care


■ plan and execute root canal treatment on extracted teeth

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.