Postgraduate taught 

Endodontics MSc(DentSci)

Principles and practice of root canal treatment, Year 1 DENT5069

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course facilitates the acquisition and integration of a knowledge base to provide the student with academic knowledge and clinical skills to enable her/him to diagnose endodontic problems and to provide appropriate treatment to endodontic patients. During the course, students will be asked to demonstrate a range of clinical and technical skills pertinent to the provision of root canal 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.

Excluded Courses







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

3,000 word assignment essay (50%)

Assessment of clinical work (diagnostic case report- 20%)

Course Aims

To provide the academic knowledge and clinical skills to:


■ enable the student to clearly identify the rationale for the use of materials, instruments and medicaments in undertaking root canal treatment


■ enable the student to provide non-complex endodontic treatment for adult patients with compromised dentitions

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to critically analyse and: 


■ undertake a detailed patient assessment in the adult dentition


■ select the appropriate materials used in root canal treatment procedures


■ critically appraise technological techniques required for root canal treatments


■ demonstrate knowledge in the principles of care of the adult dentition and alveolar bone


■ demonstrate competence in formulating appropriate treatment plans for patients requiring root canal treatment


■ demonstrate a critical understanding in applying the appropriate clinical endodontic procedures


■ clinically and theoretically demonstrate understanding in the principles and importance of treatment planning in a range of clinical conditions


■ demonstrate critical awareness of the necessity for 'whole patient care' in patients with endodontic problems


■ demonstrate a critical awareness in procedures to access and disinfect root canals

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.