Postgraduate taught 

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery MSc(DentSci)

Infection prevention in dentistry BIOL5304

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will deliver integrated knowledge in infection prevention in healthcare, with particular reference to dentistry. The course is aimed at those with dental degrees with the aim of enhancing their overall understanding and critical insights into the prevention of cross-infection in dentistry.


The lectures and seminars will run over a four week block in Semester 2.

Excluded Courses





At the end of the course, the students will undertake  five multiple short answer questions (50% - ILO 1,2,3,4) linked to the chain of infection and infection prevention scenarios. Students will also submit a 1500 essay related to contemporary issues in infection control (50% - ILO 1,2,3,4).

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to critique and integrate relevant basic and applied knowledge in microbiology that underpins the principles of current policies and processes for preventing spread of infection in clinical environments.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the course, the student will:

1. Have knowledge and critically evaluate microbiology in the chain of infection in the context of the prevention of infection in healthcare.

2. Have knowledge and be able to critically evaluate infection transmission in the chain of infection for healthcare.

3. Have critical insight of the International/National legislation, standards and guidance relevant to infection prevention in dental surgery.

4. Have knowledge and critically assess the decontamination cycle for dental instruments.

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.