• For Entry: September 2018
  • Duration: 24 months
  • School: Dentistry
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Develop enhanced skills and understanding of the scientific basis and practice of Endodontics so that you become competent at diagnosing and treating more complex cases. Train in a clinical skills laboratory before you progress to clinics. This course runs in parallel with the successfully established Prosthodontic course improving understanding between these dental disciplines.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Close supervision and support

Experienced staff will offer you close supervision and support. You will treat patients with a range of endodontic problems using contemporary techniques. We will help develop your diagnostic and treatment planning skills. The emphasis will be placed on evidence-based dentistry.

This course will help develop your current endodontic skills in a modern clinical environment.

The School of Dentistry was founded in 1916. We remain at the forefront of research, teaching and clinical dental practice. We perform consistently well in university league tables and are a top UK dental school.

We are a friendly school with a reputation providing a supportive and nurturing environment. This allows students to fulfil their aspirations and achieve clinical and academic excellence. The school provides a dedicated area for postgraduate private study known as 'The Hub'.

Advance your endodontic skills

The Endodontics MDSc is for graduates who wish to advance their existing endodontic skills. It will be of particular benefit for those intending to pursue a career in academia or specialist practice.


Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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How you will be taught

You will attend lectures and seminars and will be encouraged to participate in discussion of the chosen topic. Provision will be made for personal study time and students are expected to use this to increase their knowledge and understanding of endodontology and prepare for assessments.

Practical skills will be taught first using a combination of natural and plastic teeth in a laboratory. Clinical skills will be further developed by treating patients under supervision.

You will be expected to write up and present your completed cases on a regular basis

How you will be assessed

Assessment will be comprised of a one-hour written short-answer examination for each taught module.

You will carry out a research project related to endodontology and produce a typed and bound dissertation. This will include a critical review of the literature. It is anticipated that the proportion of time spent on the research project should be approximately 25% of the course.

The results of modular assessments, logbook of clinical activity, case presentations and dissertation will be scrutinized by the examiners.

All components will carry equal weighting and candidates must achieve a pass in all examinations.

What you will study

The programme has nine modules. These must be completed and passed and includes a research project. The modular topics have been chosen to run in parallel with the Prosthodontic course and will also provide a good foundation in restorative dentistry. The modules and the associated SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) credits are as follows

30 credits

  • Guidance on completion of a logbook
  • Guidance on reflection in clinical practice
  • Restoration of the root canal treated tooth
  • Management of dental trauma including open apices
  • Management of perio-endo lesions

60 credits

  • A 10,000 to 15,000 word dissertation on a endodontic topic of your choice.
  • An opportunity to develop research skills and the ability to critically read the literature relevant to the topic

20 credits

This module comprises a didactic teaching on the following topics:

  • Radiology, decontamination and infection control
  • Communication and IT skills
  • Clinical photography
  • Dental caries – diagnosis and management
  • Periodontal disease – diagnosis and management
  • Treatment planning in restorative dentistry
  • Health care law and administration.

25 credits

This module comprises of laboratory and clinical courses and review of literature on the following topics:

  • Patient and operator safety
  • Pain and pain control
  • Cavity preparation design principles
  • Composite and amalgam restorations in the treatment of occlusal and proximal surfaces
  • Tooth wear
  • Discoloration of teeth.

25 credits

  • Epidemiology of pulpal and periradicular disease
  • Structure and function of the pulp-dentine complex
  • Pathobiology of the periapex
  • Microbiology and treatment of endodontic infections
  • Classification of pulpal and periradicular disease
  • History taking, examination and use of special investigations
  • Case selection and treatment planning

25 credits

  • Aetiology and prevalence of post-treatment disease
  • Pre-treatment assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning of non-surgical retreatment cases
  • Deconstruction of coronal restorations including post-removal
  • Types of and removal of root canal filling materials
  • Prevention and management of procedural errors including separated instruments, ledging, canals blockages and transportation
  • Treatment of iatrogenic perforations

15 credits

  • Update on all materials used routinely within restorative dentistry

25 credits

  • Rubber dam theory and practice
  • Tooth and root morphology
  • Access cavity design
  • Evolution of endodontic instrumentation and the benefits of using nickel titanium
  • Root canal disinfection
  • Obturation using cold lateral compaction
  • Management of endodontic flare-ups

15 credits

  • Patient and operator safety
  • Radiography and CBCT in relation to assessment of surgical cases
  • Pain control and haemostasis
  • Flap design
  • Osteotomy and curettage
  • Root-end management and materials used
  • Wound closure
  • Post-surgical complication
  • Management of bony defects by GTR

This course provides good preparation for the MFDS examination of the Royal Colleges but is not approved for eligibility to sit the MRD examination. On completion of this course students may consider an academic career or specialised clinical practice.

Candidates must have a degree in dentistry and must have at least two years clinical experience following graduation. As this is a clinical course, your level of English is highly important.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 7.0
Listening 6.5
Reading 6.5
Writing 6.5
Speaking 6.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £38,150 per year of study
Rest of UK students £38,150 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £38,150 per year of study
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You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowEndodontics MDScP052671

Course Contact

Dr Carol Tait
+44 (0)1382 381725

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